Movies We Grew Up On: Dated Catchphrase Edition

Previously: Excessive Carnage Edition

For those who appreciate the value of an expertly-timed "Cowabunga!" or an air guitar accompanied "Excellent!," this one's for you.

Dave's Pick: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

We almost never saw movies in the theater when I was a kid, but the live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a big event for 4th graders everywhere, and I was no exception. I bugged my mom for three straight weeks to take me to see it. Every time she asked me to do something around the house, like take out the trash for instance, I would respond with "I'll take out the trash if you take me to see Ninja Turtles!" After enough pestering, she eventually relented. By the time the sequel came out a year later, my brother and I were officially old enough to ride bikes to the Cinema 10 on our own, for which my mom was surely grateful. I am already dreading payback day when our kids relentlessly demand that we take them to see the latest bag of crap disguised as children's entertainment.

Is It Still Watchable? Only if I ever feel like remembering what it was like to be in 4th grade, which I usually don't.
Michelangelo: Yes, dudes and dudettes! Major league butt kicking is back in town!

Kristen's Pick: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

I have special memories from middle school of watching this movie with my good friends. I was dubbed "Ted," Caitlin was "Bill," and poor Alicia got stuck being "Rufus." Sorry, Alicia. It seems that we were constantly quoting this movie. In my opinion, this was Keanu Reeves' best role ever. I always thought it was hilarious that Napoleon ends up at a water park, though I'm not sure why. And whenever I see a giant ice cream sundae, I still feel compelled to chant "Ziggy Piggy, Ziggy Piggy."

Is It Still Watchable? Now that I'm older and perhaps a little wiser, certain references are probably funnier than they used to be (i.e., Freud). But on the other hand, this newfound maturity might have the opposite effect on some of the more juvenile antics.
Ted: Bill, strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.


robmba said...

Put them in the iron maiden.

Dave said...

I probably would have covered Bill & Ted's at some point if Kristen hadn't. My first year back at USU after my mission, I was living in Rich Hall again. I had a pair of Japanese roommates. Some of my friends came up for the Howl, and Scott asked what my roomies' names were. When I told him the first one's name was Tatsuya, he said, "I'll never remember that. How about I call him Ted." so then the other one, Akira, naturally became Bill by default.

Ben said...

Unrelated to your post, but related to your comment. I had a friend at USU freshman year from Korea named Chong, who was notorious for liking to smoke. One weekend another friend came to visit and I suggested we all go bowling, and that "we should bring along Wu-Tang" (the rap group to listen to). My friend of course: "Oh no, I don't want the smell of cigarettes in my car!"

Caitlinp said...

Man, Ted. We sure were awesome. All that time travel stuff still blows my mind. I'd have to say the highlight for me was Joan of Arc leading a killer aerobics set.

Krissy said...

I knew you would come through with a comment, Caitie! Oh, good times...