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

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!
Take Me Home Tonight
Based on 28 critics

A directionless college grad (Topher Grace) hatches a plan to win his dream girl. Read More

Hot Tub Time Machine
Based on 36 critics

A hot tub transports four pals back to their heyday in the 1980s. Read More

The Wedding Singer
Based on 21 critics

An entertainer (Adam Sandler) and a waitress (Drew Barrymore) work at weddings. Read More

American Psycho
Based on 35 critics

An insane '80s-era yuppie (Christian Bale) indulges in kinky sex and mayhem. Read More

October 21, 2016
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Donnie Darko
Based on 21 critics

An unusual teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal) listens to a 6-foot-tall rabbit. Read More

October 22, 2016
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Wet Hot American Summer
Based on 24 critics

A camp's staff pursues romances that were brewing all season. Read More

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