October 5, 2018

"The reason to bring up 'Porky’s' now is the laughter — the uproarious laughter. Last week, when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was asked..."

"... what she most remembered about the night she says Brett M. Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted her, she offered, with some quavering, that it was the laughter between Mr. Kavanaugh and his friend. She told the Senate Judiciary Committee: 'indelible in the hippocampus' — Dr. Blasey’s a professor of psychology — 'is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense," writes Wesley Morris in an article on the front page of nytimes.com right now, "In ’80s Comedies, Boys Had It Made. Girls Were the Joke."

Why talk about "Porky's" when Kavanaugh mentioned 3 movies of the time that influenced him and his friends: "Animal House," "Caddyshack," and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"? Well, it's the movie that the NYT critic Wesley Morris "suddenly found" his "mind... on a journey back to."

Morris brings up a number of other 80s movies that centered on young men: “Risky Business,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Three O’Clock High,” “Revenge of the Nerds,” “Bad Boys,” “Hot Pursuit,” “Weird Science,” “Teen Wolf,” “License to Drive.” “The Secret of My Success,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Soul Man,” “Losin’ It,” “The Last American Virgin,” “Stripes,” “Sharky’s Machine.” “Stakeout,” “Like Father, Like Son,” “Big,” “Goonies," and "Zapped."

Is there any evidence that Kavanaugh even saw these movies? Morris makes this very loose connection: "From the sounds of what Judge Kavanaugh has disclosed about his high school and college self, he seemed part of that landscape." Morris does name the 3 movies Kavanaugh mentioned, and Morris goes so far as admitting that "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (a movie made by a woman) "could be construed as feminist."

Speaking of feminism, Morris remembers "Carrie," the 1976 movie in which a high school girl, enraged when her classmates all laugh at her, uses her telekinesis to (spoiler alert) kill them all.

Morris cannot resist asserting that men are laughing at Christine Blasey Ford now!
At a rally the other day in Mississippi, the president lampooned Dr. Blasey to big cheers. Even now, men are laughing at her.
It seems to me people took Christine Blasey Ford extremely seriously. We've been talking about her for over a week, giving her the top spot in the news, after she came forward with an uncorroborated memory fragment from 1982. Kavanaugh was mocked for showing emotion in response to the ugly accusation, but Ford was held immune from comedy. Trump mocked her statements, playing up their fragmentary nature, but he didn't imitate her voice or call her names or talk about how she looked and acted. She was not mocked. "Saturday Night Live" did a 13-minute cold open about the hearing and Ford wasn't even one of the characters! Only Kavanaugh was ridiculed.

Laughter is an interesting topic, and I like the idea of taking "a journey back" to the 1980s and to examine how young men laughed at the expense of women, especially with the inclusion of "Carrie," the movie about a young woman committing mass murder because she was laughed at. That's a fascinating parallel to Christine Blasey Ford!

What's the right kind of laughter? And what's the right amount? If the new idea is no laughing at the expense of women, it's not going to work (as Trump obviously knows and will use against all the no-laughing! crowd).

They're all going to laugh at you!!!


Patrick Henry was right! said...

Remember, it was the other girls, Mean Girls, who made fun of Carrie.

rhhardin said...

Men not laughing just means bemusement.

Susanita said...

Teen Wolf! I am so glad that got brought up. One of the main characters' (a girl) nickname is Boof.

rhhardin said...

Bueller was about coolly working the system.

Ann Althouse said...

There were 80s comedies with girls as the main characters, notably "Heathers," where the girls are not only mean but murderous.

Ralph L said...

From what I remember, most of those guy movies made more fun of the guys than the girls, who were mostly there as eye candy.

rehajm said...

80s movies not centered on men: Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Dirty Dancing, The Princess Bride, The Neverending Story, Sixteen Candles, Aliens, Flashdance, Ladyhawke, Steel Magnolias, Mystic Pizza, Adventures In Babysitting, Desperately Seeking Susan, The Color Purple, Working Girl, Labyrinth, Terms of Endearment, The Little Mermaid, Moonstruck, Hannah and Her Sisters, Heathers...

Limited blogger said...

"Sharkey's Machine" - under appreciated dramatic role by Burt. He should have done more of these.

Mr. Majestyk said...

The FBI should have interviewed some movie critics.

David Begley said...

Ford made up the laughing part in order to make her lie more sympathic and “credible.” It was a planned LIE.

rehajm said...

We just rewatched Fast Times last week- it was surprising how well it held up over time...

rehajm said...

$12.50 Van Halen tickets in the first ten rows?

rehajm said...

Is it worse to mock someone who exploits sexual assault for political gain or to exploit sexual assault for political gain?

tim in vermont said...

That boyfriend of Ford's at the time, who seems far more likely to have done it, seems like a real asshole.

Ann Althouse said...

"80s movies not centered on men"

Morris only looked at comedies about young men, so I would knock many things off your list. What are the teen girl comedies of the 1980s? Even "Desperately Seeking Susan" is too old for the set, and of course "Steel Magnolias" is. I think the comparable movies from your list are:

Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Dirty Dancing, Sixteen Candles, Flashdance, Mystic Pizza, Adventures In Babysitting, and Heathers.

Unknown said...

At that time, the 80's, especially the early years of that decade, the only way to see those movies was in a theater. Kavanaugh and his mates didn't seem to have time, or interest, in movie going. As for laughter, Dr. Ford was treated with the utmost seriousness and respect. She and her accusations were criticized, but that isn't mocking or making fun of.


FIDO said...

Boys adventures are boys adventures. In them, girls are bit players, decorations, obstacles or The Prize.

Girls adventures are girls adventures. In them, boys are bit players, decorations, obstacles or The Prize.

How is any of this different?

Except girls comedies generally suck. I am sure they speak to women, but that is not my language so a lot gets lost in translation and no woman would do, for example, the Zipper Scene that Ben Stiller did in 'Something about Mary'.

Mild embarrassment is the worst women face in the stories the stories they amuse themselves with.

Rob said...

I don’t think Trump actually mocked her statements. What he mocked was the specificity of her recollection that she had only one beer, given that she has no recollection of other details about that party. Apparently the single beer was also indelible in her hippocampus.

Bay Area Guy said...

"Ladies and Gentlemen, I'll be brief. The issue is not whether we broke a few rules or took a few liberties with our female party guests. We did." (winks at Dean Wormer)
--Ottter at the Student Council Hearing in Animal House.

tim in vermont said...

Anybody who has a knowledge of how memories are formed knows that memories change every time we recall them, and memories can be both inadvertently and deliberately altered. After altering a memory, the person having that memory is sure that it happened the way they remember it. She KNOWS this or she's a fraud. Hippocampus indeed.

Bob Boyd said...

Limited blogger said...
"Sharkey's Machine" - under appreciated dramatic role by Burt. He should have done more of these.

He directed it too, if I'm not mistaken. I really like that movie when it came out. I wonder how it stands up now. I might have to watch it again.

rehajm said...

Porky's had an odd kid/parent crossover demographic.

tim in vermont said...

Too bad you didn't blog this one from a couple days ago, replete with bait for Crack.


By temperament — lucky for me, or maybe not, socially — I was not a jock or among the heavy drinkers. I hoped to be seen, to use a final, painful acronym that was popular at the time, one that is not in Judge’s book, and please kill me now, as a SNAG, or sensitive new-age guy. I failed at that, too; another reason to pull out the church keys, as we sometimes called beer openers.

Ralph L said...

tim, where did you read about Squi/Garrett?

Fernandistein said...

I haven't seen any of those movies except "Carrie".

It seems to me people took Christine Blasey Ford extremely seriously.

Those are the people who should be laughed at.

Mr. Majestyk said...

"Indelible in the hippocampus" -- Yeah, sure, that's a real natural way of describing your memories. Also, she kept looking down at her notes in that exchange with Sen. Leahy.

rehajm said...

Morris only looked at comedies about young men, so I would knock many things off your list.

My point with the long list is to refute the word cloud Morris is wafting- that the movie theaters of Coach K's era were a hostile place for women. They were not. Horny teenage boy comedies were only one small niche.

Moreover, a fraction of the films on his list are of the kind that could support his female exploitative contention.

Bob Boyd said...

There was also a movie from those days called 'Christine'. Like the Kavanaugh hearings it was a series of car wrecks deliberately caused by an angry female spirit.

BudBrown said...

When did cable get going in DC suburban Maryland? Some TV stations started broadcasting movies
til dawn. And Betamax. Also, what about movies during the formative years. Guy got to see
Star Wars like at the perfect age. And Saturday Night Fever. Was that a gang rape scene in that movie? I've always wondered what drugs the guy was giving her. The laughter thing tho brings to mind A Clockwork Orange and I don't actually remember the movie that well to be sure there was that kind of laughter. And if anybody asks him if he laughed during Dukes of Hazzard he should be careful.

tim in vermont said...

tim, where did you read about Squi/Garrett?

I'm just inferring from the "laughter" bit of the incident that Ford related.

With that, I need to change my avatar, this one has blogorreah.

Shouting Thomas said...

The notion that we are living through an epidemic of sexual assault and rape is laughable. It's another one of those feminist lies.

A lot of ladies are watching porn, whacking off to double penetration and gang banging fantasies and feeling guilty about it.

What do women do when they feel guilty about sex? They blame men.

Men are helpless before these feminist lies. Once you call out their White Knight chivalry, they become complete idiots, attacking and slandering other men in the hope they can escape the Evil Eye.

Bob Boyd said...

Laughter is also indelible in the Hippopotamus

Kevin said...

"Indelible in the hippocampus"

She has that memory which is seared -- seared -- in her.

But does she still have the hat?

rhhardin said...

The problem with core memories is that reading them is destructive so you have to write back what you read if you want to keep them.

Hagar said...

I suspect that something of the kind happened to Ms. Ford, but in 1984 when Kavanaugh was off to college.

Anyway, the laughter she describes is that of a couple of very drunk and silly teenagers, not men bent on rape.

Mr. Majestyk said...

"Indelible in the hippocampus" -- No normal person talks like that. It seems she was trying to leverage her status as an academic to make her testimony more scientifically believable.

Ralph L said...

One beer may have been her policy after she started driving. That would also explain how she got home. But Brett was gone by then.

EDH said...

The big hole in the questioning of CBF was the music. If the sound of laughter was seared into her hippocampus, wouldn't the music? What song, what band, what genre, what medium (e.g., radio, record, cassette)? In the intervening 35 years, she never once had the memory triggered hearing a song?

Although she'd probably stick with another "I don't recall", CBF might have given a song that would help place the timeline. For example, if she said "Panama" by Van Halen, we'd know if from the album 1984 Released January 9, 1984.

And think of that song Panama using Kavanaugh instead of Panama.


Jump back, what's that sound
Here she comes, full blast and top down
Hot shoe, burnin' down the avenue
Model citizen zero discipline
Don't you know she's coming home with me?
You'l lose her in the turn
I'll get her!

Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh
Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh

Ain't nothin' like it, her shiny machine
Got the feel for the wheel, keep the moving parts clean
Hot shoe, burnin' down the avenue
Got an on-ramp comin' through my bedroom
Don't you know she's coming home with me?
You'll lose her in the turn
I'll get her!

Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh
Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh

Yeah, we're runnin' a little bit hot tonight
I can barely see the road from the heat comin' off of it
Ah, you reach down, between my legs
Ease the seat back
She's blinding, I'm flying
Right behind the rear-view mirror now
Got the feeling, power steering
Pistons popping, ain't no stopping now

Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh
Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh

MikeR said...

Is Newport still doing those ads? The ones over so many years, with the guys carrying off the women - masked by the fact that all of them were laughing hysterically. I think they stopped when George Will went around telling people about them.

Phil 3:14 said...

It’s funny you bring up movies because from the start the CBF rape story reminded me of this exchange in “Inception”

Cobb: You create the world of the dream, you bring the subject into that dream, and they fill it with their subconscious.
Ariadne: How could I ever acquire enough detail to make them think that its reality?
Cobb: Well dreams, they feel real while we're in them, right? It's only when we wake up that we realize how things are actually strange. Let me ask you a question, you, you never really remember the beginning of a dream do you? You always wind up right in the middle of what's going on.
Ariadne: I guess, yeah.
Cobb: So how did we end up here?
Ariadne: Well we just came from the a...
Cobb: Think about it Ariadne, how did you get here? Where are you right now?
Ariadne: We're dreaming?
Cobb: You're actually in the middle of the workshop right now, sleeping. This is your first lesson in shared dreaming. Stay calm.

FIDO said...

Porn has gotten more pervasive.

Rape has dropped by 50% in the exact same time period.

So while it has opened the doors to young men about the wide variety of sex out there, to the consternation of Later Day Victorian Scolds, it has also made harms against women less common.

No means no. How simple.

campy said...

Remember: if you have to explain why a joke is funny, it's not funny. But if you have to explain why something's NOT FUNNY!!!, it's frickin' hilarious.

Amadeus 48 said...

I am not laughing about this until Kavanaugh is confirmed.

Something really bad happened here, and it isn't funny. If Ford lied about this, and I think she did, she did something truly evil. Her supporters are using the levers of human decency to manipulate and knock over well-established norms in our society emanating from our justice system--the presumption of innocence, cross-examination, and critical review of the evidence offered. They have successfully intimidated many people into mouthing ritual incantations that the speakers clearly don't believe. Heil Blasey Ford!

The news people from traditional outlets are performing their classic roles as useful idiots.

One thing I am not going to do is "Believe the women." I am going to attempt to form well-considered, reasoned opinions after reviewing the evidence.

Fernandistein said...

I haven't seen any of those movies except "Carrie".

Oops. Also "Big" (dumb) and perhaps "Bad Boys" if it's the old one with whats-his-name that takes place in "juvie". I liked the part where the crazy Jewish nerd puts a bomb in the goon's "boom" box, which the goon then holds up to his ear...

EDH said...

Notice in the video Carrie even saw the sympathetic teacher Miss. Collins laughing at her when she really wasn't.

Trump mocked her statements, playing up their fragmentary nature, but he didn't imitate her voice or call her names or talk about how she looked and acted. She was not mocked.

What Trump did at the rally was typify the pointlessness of the back-and-forth colloquy at the hearing. Trump at the rally did what all the politicized TV comedians do: run clips of news events.

Except instead of video, Trump does it himself in an amusing external monologue. And people get it!

Trump is absolutely fascinating.

Phil 3:14 said...

And if you want a movie that is the Kavanaugh fiasco but with the parties reversed check out “The Contender” (Joan Allen as a Veep nominee who is threatened with a sex scandal)

. [Trying to dig up dirt on Shelly Runyon]
Kermit Newman: I want something EMBARRASSING! Something sexual! Little boys, midgets, that sort of thing! Cows! I don't give a goddamn!

Unknown said...

"American Psycho" is a movie about 1980s

directed by a woman

and screenwritten by a lesbian

Tina Trent said...

Carrie’s mother tortures her into becoming a psychic psychotic mass murderer. The females are the perpetrators of abuse at home and in school. They pelt Carrie with tampons and then her mother punishes her for menstruating too.

This may say more about Stephen King than gender relations, as with everything he fishes out of his id, but it is a deeply regressive film.

Fast Times was a terrible film for Kavanaugh to mention. It is a roadmap of precisely the male sins in the crosshairs of the #metoo movement today: peeping, forced sex on a high school bleacher. Stupid, stupid, stupid. It’s like waving a red flag. I wish we lived in a world where Kavanauh could respond to every accusation with a list of relevant cases he decided. Put the social lines back in place. I don’t have any appetite for knowing more about the personal lives of beltway dwellers. Right, left, or center, they’re all different flavors of the same distasteful presumptions.

Curious George said...

" after she came forward with an uncorroborated memory fragment from 1982.

You don't know that. It was direct and intentional hit job on KB...a complete fabrication.

Mike Sylwester said...

This is a good place to repeat my proposal for a teen-comedy movie in which Brett does kill Christine by covering her mouth.

Then Brett and Mark -- both quite drunk -- sneak Christine's dead body out of the house. Brett has his parents' car, so they put the body into the trunk.

On the way to a dump site, Brett and Mark get out of the car to piss. And then the car slides into a river.

What a hilarious predicament for Brett and Mark !!!

The movie should be a 1982 period piece -- featuring the fashions, stuff and music of that year.

rhhardin said...

I haven't had good luck with movies about teens, particularly ones billed as hilarious. But also anything with a prom in it is a loser.

Some adult-as-secret-student ones are okay. There's tact meeting faculty and staff pretensions.

The romances are too unmotivated however.

narciso said...

He was explaining the risque nature of the yearbook, she wasn't phoebe cares or katrall or anyone they would be interested in, now Samantha and Martha* they might well have partied with judge.

narciso said...

Also Heather Thomas in zapped,

* their exploits were mentioned in the yearbook.

Roughcoat said...

I'm confused.

That is all.

rhhardin said...

Nadine: Look, I don't wanna take up a ton of your time... But I'm gonna kill myself. I just thought that someone should know. I don't know how this works. I'm probably gonna jump off an overpass in front of a semi, so... Or a u-haul. Not a bus. I'm not gonna be a dick and make people watch. But it has to be big. It's gotta be so big that it just... Done. Kills me. Lights out. 'Cause if it just maims me and I'm like... well, how's that good for anyone? Then I gotta find a nurse to smother me. How am I gonna get across "smothering" if I'm... We don't need to get caught up in the minutia. I just thought that an adult... you should know.

Mr. Bruner: Wow. This is, uh, a lot to take in, Nadine. I... I wish I knew what to say. Well, I was actually just drafting my own suicide note just now. "Dear everybody. As some of you know, I have 32 fleeting minutes of happiness per school day during lunch, which has been eaten up again and again by the same... Especially badly dressed student, and I finally thought, you know what? I would rather have the dark, empty nothingness. I really would. It sounds... relaxing. Have a nice life without me, fuckers."

Nadine: You are so gonna get fired when I actually do it.

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

Matt said...

Women do a surprising amount of whining, crying and getting sexually assaulted for a group of people who I am repeatedly informed are "strong" and "fierce" and "independent" and "equal to men".

Those 80's movies were all degenerate. I've never understood why they were/are so popular. Probably cuz of all the 'strong fierce independent equal' women who had absolutely no problem abasing themselves in front of the whole world for the promise of fame. Seth mcFarlane's 'I Saw Your Boobs' song wasn't some silly fantasy but indeed was his, and millions of other men's, 'lived experience'.

rhhardin said...

Women do a surprising amount of whining, crying and getting sexually assaulted for a group of people who I am repeatedly informed are "strong" and "fierce" and "independent" and "equal to men".

It's all nagging, every bit of it. Naggng is what women do who can't figure out marriage.

Mr. D said...

I posted this a few days ago, but it seems like this thread is the proper venue:

Top 10 Brett Kavanaugh Revelations from the FBI Report -- 80s Movie Edition

10. Brett Kavanaugh taped Larry Lester's buns together
9. Brett Kavanaugh put Baby in the corner
8. Brett Kavanaugh is the candy-colored clown they call the Sandman
7. Brett Kavanaugh is on a mission from God
6. Brett Kavanaugh gave this town an enema
5. Brett Kavanaugh slimed me
4. Brett Kavanaugh got the shit kicked out of him in Wisconsin once
3. Brett Kavanaugh can't believe he gave his panties to a geek
2. Brett Kavanaugh thinks the central tenet of Buddhism is every man for himself
1. Brett Kavanaugh made 14 dollars the hard way

Bay Area Guy said...

Porky's wasn't funny. It kinda wrecked the whole genre. "Fast Times" the movie wasn't that funny, although Spicoli the character was funny.

The Holy Trinity of funny was:

Animal House

The common denominator? The great Harold Ramis

Although it wasn't the focus, each flick had hot young female actresses showing their boobies, amidst laughter and hijinx.

No humorless feminists were consulted.

Tom Grey said...

Se7en is NOT one of the funny movies. But here's quite a bit on false memory:

Now I'm imagining Ford being grabbed by a couple guys she doesn't remember, getting thrown on the bed and one puts his finger across HER lips and whispers "Shhhh" while all 3 are laughing, her sort of nervously. Then the guy feels for her left breast with his right hand, allowing her to wriggle free while the other guy is sort of tumbling onto the bed (for a threesome!)("I wanna feel too") ... but as she leaves the bed, the one (still laughing) guy says "where is it?" "Where is it?"

Meaning, of course, where is the breast that he was planning to feel? Since the girl with the breast (The Prize! It's a boy adventure comedy, after all) has just up and left the bed.

Of course, the girl is embarrassed that her 15 year old breasts are not yet "big enough" to compete with most HS movie girl breasts (models at least 18 yo) -- so she thinks the boys are laughing AT her (they thought laughing WITH her), and at the fact that she doesn't yet have the Big American Breasts (which Steve Martin on SNL often joked about).

I think my story has more (movie) corroboration than Ford's.

William said...

If you drew a Venn diagram of the categorical imperative and the male libido, there would not be much overlap. Still, some parts of the male libido are relatively harmless. What I remember about Porky's was that the plot had something to do with boys peeking into the girls' locker room. That's not courtly love, but it's not rape......I think the idea of peeking into the girls' locker room was a widely shared male fantasy, and, finally, through the magic of movies that long held hope of mankind was made flesh. Nudity was a far rarer phenomenon back then, and the nude scenes were the cause of Porky's box office success. I don't think women were deeply offended by the wish to peer into girls' locker rooms. I think they were more amused than repelled by the phenomenon. The male libido was a shared joke.......Sex is a fine joke that nature has played upon the human race. If all aspects of it are portrayed as invasive and harmful, life will be a longer, wearier haul.

William said...

The 400 Blows was the best coming of age movie ever made. You don't pass from childhood to adolescence to adulthood without accumulating a great many traumatic experiences. Kavanaugh seems to have had a late shipment of the 400 blows.

Unknown said...

Gee. What a shame there weren't more sympathetic victim-oriented movies back then. Like The Human Centipede.

FIDO said...

IIRC, (It has been just as long for that movie as the Ford allegation, but I DO know I only had ONE FUCKING BEER) the plot of Porky's was that this whore house was the Big Nirvana: women willing to fuck young dumb boys since the high school girls weren't putting out.

So they went to said brothel and were robbed and humiliated by the owner. Line up of naked boys dumped into a swamp. "I think that boy IS deformed."

Hmm. As a memory exercise. I saw this movie ONCE 35 years ago. Let's see how many details I remember about a movie.

Boy wakes up with stiffy, measures it. Mom comes in and he has to flip over on his bed, bending his boner.

Boy meets friend at school. They joke and tease about getting laid. Oogle hot girl.

They meet 'hot girl'. Don't remember her name (Maggie?), but they say something crude and she chases him around hitting him. She had long dark hair which were permed curly. Cheerleader outfit.

Jewish boy gets picked on by jock and kicks his ass. "It isn't 'Kite', it's "KYKE". Even as a racist, you are a moron." He knew Jew Jitsu, I guess. Friends with protag and buddy.

Meanwhile, young gym coach thinks hot gym coach (played by Kim Catrell while she was still hot....I am SURE it was Kim Catrell...but I saw her far more than once at a party). Old gym coach tells him to 'take her to the...laundry? Gear room? Mysteriously. She is nicknamed 'Lassie'.

Boys find a way to peek into the showers. Some boobs (a disappointing amount, really) are seen and quickly covered. The girls see the boys peeking and banter with them. The boy sticks his tongue through the peek hole into the shower and the girls slather is with soap. So the boy sticks his cock in there.

Old Lesbian Gym teacher sees said cock. The other two boys, watching this, tell him that one of the girls is going to grab it. She does and tries to rip his penis through the hole.

He gets away, damaged.

Old Lesbian gym teacher wants to have a line up of boys sans trousers so she can identify said cock. The male gym teachers, laughing at her, say they should put up wanted posters "If you see this cock, beware since it is armed and dangerous"

I could go on. Lady Gym Teacher Kim Catrell is laid, howling loudly enough to rock the walls. That is why she was called 'Lassie'. Everyone amused. Revenge on the duplicitous and ugly Porky. Hot cheerleader, owing some kind of bet, lays one of the guys in a school bus. Brothel gets knocked down. Brother sheriff beats up car of said Porky.

AMAZING number of details. Compared to 'one beer' Ford.

And this was JUST A MOVIE. Not a life changing thing like a so called attempted rape.

But I am supposed to believe her? I am skeptical.

FIDO said...

It wasn't a jock. It was a greaser who beat on the kid. Dad was a greaser too. Kicked his sons ass for getting beaten by a Kyle.

I don't remember the exact theater though. And I don't remember how I got to the theater and returned. I'm guessing mom.

Rob McLean said...

Is there any evidence that Kavanaugh even saw these movies?

Who cares? There's no evidence for anything else.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

It occurs to me that _Carrie_ , a movie about a teenage girl and the onset of her period, was written by a man. Is that allowed any longer?

Ron Winkleheimer said...

"Heathers," where the girls are not only mean but murderous.

A girl and Christian Slaters' character was the instigator.


Seeing Red said...

I saw a lot of those movies. I laughed.

But I want to bitchslap Ford.

She’s also kinda made a mockery out of her profession.

A 2-fer.

Laslo Spatula said...

Coincidentally, the film "Strippers and Blow" is about a comedian who starred in 80s low-budget comedies and is attempting to make a comeback.

Because everyone remembers the 'Party Academy' movies.

See it for free on laslofilms dottt com.

I am Laslo.

mikee said...

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, in 3D.
"Undress that one. Slowly."

Cherry 3000.
"I'm not a machine."

Quest for Fire.

1980s movies are a hoot.

FullMoon said...

Old English 800, forty ounce. 8% alcohol

I don’t think Trump actually mocked her statements. What he mocked was the specificity of her recollection that she had only one beer, given that she has no recollection of other details about that party. Apparently the single beer was also indelible in her hippocampus.

Darrell said...

Porky's is a Canadian project.
Blame Canada. Get an apology from Trudeau.

Mike Sylwester said...

I write a blog about the movie Dirty Dancing, which was released in 1987.

The movie's villain is a medical student, Robbie Gould, who is working in a summer job as a waiter at a resort hotel. A couple months before the movie's story begins, he has been in a romantic relationship with a single young woman, Penny Johnson, who works as a dancer at the hotel.

Robbie and Penny have broken up before the movie's story begins.

The movie's story begins when the Houseman family -- two parents and two daughters -- arrives at the resort hotel for a three-week vacation.

After about a week, the younger daughter, named "Baby", is told that Penny is pregnant by Robbie, that Penny wants an abortion and that Robbie refuses to help pay for it.

Baby involves herself in this situation and confronts Robbie. He says that Penny had sexual intercourse with other men during the relevant time and so Penny could be pregnant by someone else.

Baby and the movie audience assumes that Robbie is lying about Penny's other sexual relationships in order to avoid his responsibility for Penny's pregnancy -- which is why Robbie is the movie's villain.

However, Robbie might be telling the truth. After all, the movie audience has not seen what happened with Penny a couple of months previously. She did have sexual intercourse with Robbie. Maybe she indeed did have sexual intercourse also with other men.

Robbie says that she did so. Maybe that is why Robbie and Penny broke up.

During the Housemans' three-week vacation at the resort hotel, this villain Robbie becomes romantically involved with the family's older daughter, Lisa. Because Robbie is a medical student, Lisa is proud to introduce him, as her boyfriend, to her father. This villain Robbie impresses the father as being a fine young man.


In my blog, I published a series of articles defending Robbie and casting doubt on Penny's innocence. That series begins with an article titled Why Penny and Robbie Risked Pregnancy.

In that series I speculate that Penny and Robbie might have reconciled and eventually married if Baby had not meddled in their situation by providing the necessary money for an abortion.

Yancey Ward said...

As teenager from 1979 until I turned 20 in 1986- these are the movies that were the cultural touchstones of mine and Kavanaugh's cohort- the movies teen males in particular went to see and talked about a lot, and I am talking about movies directly aimed at teen males, so I will be omitting films like the Star Wars movies:

Animal House 1978
The Warriors 1979
Caddyshack and The Blues Brothers 1980
Porky's and An American Werewolf in London 1981
Fast Time at Ridgemont High and Last American Virgin 1982
Risky Business and Sixteen Candles 1983
Purple Rain, The Terminator, and Repo Man 1984
The Breakfast Club 1985
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986.

The latter parts of this list- the ones from my later teens, at the 1983 cutoff- are more oriented to including females, and the reason is that as I and my friends got older, the females were more a part of our social group, and were included in movie going and talking about movies. Of that list, my friends were probably most fond of Porky's, and the reason is we were 15 years old, and Porky's is near X-rated level material.

Yancey Ward said...

And The Kentucky Fried Movie belongs in there somewhere along with Reanimator

gahrie said...

Which is more dangerous and destructive...Porky's or Fifty Shades of Grey?

Yancey Ward said...

"Porky's had an odd kid/parent crossover demographic"

If it did (only saw it with friends, and multiple times), it is because the film is set in the mid 50s.

mccullough said...

Porky’s was the best revenge story since The Count of Monte Cristo