Big hair. Spandex. Tracksuits. Nope, I'm not talking about the fashion sensibilities of the 'Jersey Shore' crew. I'm talking about the '80s. Say what you will about the frequently mocked decade, there's no denying that it has its own distinctive personality. Gnarly, even.

That could be why so many movies and TV shows pay homage to the over-the-top period. We all love the TV flashbacks where we get to see our favorite characters '80s'-ed out in funky fresh gear. (Apparently we have a fresh flashback to look forward to in the next season of 'True Blood,' according to TrueBlood-News.com).

This week's film release, 'Take Me Home Tonight,' is the latest flick to honor all things '80s. It's set in 1988, and follows twins Matt and Wendy (Topher Grace and Anna Faris) who're trying to get their lives together after college. Matt tries to woo his dream girl (Teresa Palmer) by pretending to be a slick Wall Street player (he actually works at a video store.) I know – lying is such a like, totally bogus move, right? But chill. Remember he's living in the greed era. Dude. Totally!
Donnie Darko Movie Poster
Donnie Darko
R2001
Based on 15 critics

In a funny, moving and distinctly mind-bending journey through suburban America, one extraordinary but... Read More

The Wedding Singer Movie Poster
The Wedding Singer
PG-131998
Based on 21 critics

Set in 1985, Adam Sandler plays a nice guy with a broken heart who's stuck in one of the most romantic... Read More

American Psycho Movie Poster
American Psycho
R2000
Based on 35 critics

In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), lives... Read More

Wet Hot American Summer Movie Poster
Wet Hot American Summer
R2001
Based on 24 critics

Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, "Wet Hot American Summer" follows a group of... Read More

Take Me Home Tonight Movie Poster
Take Me Home Tonight
R2011
Based on 28 critics

Recent MIT grad Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) should be well on his way to a successful career at a Fortune... Read More

Hot Tub Time Machine Movie Poster
Hot Tub Time Machine
R2010
Based on 36 critics

Four pals are stuck in a rut in adulthood: Adam (John Cusack) has just been dumped, Lou (Rob Corddry)... Read More

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