Go outside and look around. What do you see? Are women wearing leg warmers? Are men wearing Tom Selleck mustaches? Is Ronald Reagan in the White House? Are people walking into fast food places demanding to know the whereabouts of the beef? None of that? Really? That's weird, because to look at the movie listings you'd think it was NINETEEN EIGHTY DAMN FOUR!
We've been building up to this all year. Kevin Smith's Cop Out was an homage to '80s buddy-cop movies; MacGruber was a parody of '80s action movies; A Nightmare on Elm Street was a remake of an '80s slasher film; Hot Tub Time Machine took its characters back to 1986; soon The Expendables will reunite a bevy of '80s action stars.
But this weekend is the '80s-est weekend of 2010, with two new wide releases straight from 1984: The Karate Kid and The A-Team. Someone who fell into a coma in 1984 and woke up today would feel right at home. Well, except for being in a hospital, and being unable to move or speak due to severe muscle atrophy, and hearing about Gary Coleman. On the bright side, he'd be able to see The A-Team on the big screen, and The Karate Kid remade with all the karate replaced by kung fu!