I left work early yesterday because I wasn’t feeling well and then I called out today for the same reason. I decided to spend my day on the couch watching ’80s movies on Amazon Prime Video. While Netflix seems to have shifted their focus towards acquiring and creating TV shows, Amazon seems to have made it a personal mission to acquire as many old cheesy B-movies as possible. They’ve built up quite a collection. It’s just too bad that the Amazon Prime Video portion of Amazon.com is a complete mess. It’s hard to find anything unless you already know what you’re looking for. It’s not a user-friendly experience at all. Thankfully, there’s other websites that make searching for Prime movies a much better experience (such as JustWatch.com).
Anyway, here’s the collection of cult faves, obscurities, John Hughes, and Eddie Murphy that I vegged out with today:
1982, Embassy Pictures
Don’t let the movie’s poster fool you. Despite Wikipedia listing this movie as a teen sex comedy, it didn’t really come across as that to me. To me, it’s just a bad ’80s teen comedy movie that felt more like a made-for-TV production. Sure, you’ve got Willie “Bibleman” Aames perving out over the drop dead gorgeous Heather Thomas and then taking pictures of her without her permission when he finally cons her into doing the horizontal polka, but there’s not much here in the way of horn-ball behavior beyond that and the movie’s final scene. Zapped! was apparently intended as a parody of Carrie, but instead of raining blood at the prom, Scott Baio’s character mischievously strips everyone down to their underwear and bare breasts while he and his girlfriend chuckle as if it’s nothing more than some good-natured ribbing. This movie has achieved cult status, but I’m not sure why. I love ’80s teen comedies, but this one was not interesting at all.
Up the Creek
1984, Orion Pictures
I had never heard of this movie until a few months ago. I think I discovered it while browsing Amazon as it’s just recently received a Blu-ray release. Luckily, it’s also been added to Prime Video. It features an interesting soundtrack (Cheap Trick, the Beach Boys, Heart, Kick Axe, Ian Hunter), but not much else. Glad I didn’t buy this one.
She’s Having a Baby
1988, Paramount Pictures
I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without ever seeing this movie, especially since it’s a John Hughes film. Kevin Bacon stars and narrates about his indecisiveness over growing up, getting married, and becoming a family man. The movie is a bit uneven as you’re not sure whether the movie wants to be a straight forward drama or a comedy or a fantasy. Hughes has perfectly balanced comedy and drama before but his formula was a bit off with this movie. Still, I found it to be a very enjoyable movie and a lot of that is thanks to the charm of Kevin Bacon. The movie was not well-received upon it’s release, but it’s still worth checking out if you’re a fan of John Hughes.
Beverly Hills Cop II
1987, Paramount Pictures
I capped off my movie marathon with this hit sequel. Although it’s not a classic like the original movie, it’s still pretty enjoyable and features Eddie Murphy in his prime. Something that can’t be said for the dreadful Beverly Hills Cop III. Interesting note: this movie came about after Murphy turned down Paramount’s offer to do a TV series based on the first movie. Which makes sense. Eddie was white hot, so why would he want to return to TV just as he was becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars?
Oh, yeah, I’m feeling better, by the way. Thanks for your concern.