Originally Posted by dumbjaw
Agree with the previous posters about Adventureland: this is exactly what made the film feel false to me. In 1987 I was 15 and the music camps were roughly along the lines I list below, none of which correspond with the listening habits of the kids in the movie (Husker Du I was a fan of because my 6 year older brother brought Warehouse Songs and Stories home 2nd hand: I was quite aware that absolutely nobody else my age had that album!):
Pop: Whitney Houston, George Michael, Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, Level 42
Adult Rock: Bruce Springsteen, U2, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Fleetwood Mac
Metal: Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth
Hardrock: Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, AC/DC
Alternative: Smiths, New Order, The Cure, R.E.M.
Exactly, spot on (although I'm not sure I'd stick the adult qualifier on the rock, at least not when it came to U2/Genesis/Bruce Springsteen). But see, you and I were both in HS in 1987.
The guy who made this move was in HS, I believe more like in the late 70s to earliest 80s and graduating college just as the 80s were really turning into the 80s. I don't think he got that pop culture just totally changed starting around '83 and especially by '84.
It was a bit odd also that he chose Amadeus as the main jukebox song, yeah I guess that did chart high then, but it was kind of treated as a joke even when it was on the charts and it as one of those songs that was basically never heard from again a couple months after it's rise to fame. (at least where I grew up and from what I can recall).
It was still a cool flick, it's just that it felt wrong if you try to take it as '87. If you pretend it was set in '81 perhaps then yeah it was pretty nostalgic though (although Lisa P doesn't quite fit then, but whatever, she provided a little mid-80s nostalgia mixed in).
All of the hipster film critics who go on about how no movie ever got the mid to late 80s down more perfectly than this are just out of touch. I remember one critic tore Take Me Home Tonight to shreds for getting everything about the late 80s wrong and then recommended Adventureland as a film to watch if you wanted to see the late 80s portrayed 100% spot on in every last regard. And I was like yeah, suuuure. They were all either in HS and college in the 60s or 70s or they were far outsiders in the 80s and simply must've wished that the 80s had been all grunge/hipster/far alternative for the mainstream. And some of the stuff in the extra like where they interview Kristen Stewart and she goes on about so of course I wore all the typical things a popular teen would've worn back in the late 80s, you know like my Lou Reed t-shirt, duh of course, have to have that, and wore my hair flat and.... I'm like
no, no, no, haha, could possible be showing any more strongly that you grew up post-80s , the director has you so snowed.
Again it was a cool movie and it gave you some nostalagia for the late 70s and earliest 80s at least (and even a bit of the mid-80s with Lisa P though).