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  • Mac and Me on Random Movies No '80s Kid Is Actually Nostalgic About

    (#5) Mac and Me

    • Jennifer Aniston, Nikki Cox, Danny Cooksey, Christine Ebersole, Andrew Divoff, Squire Fridell, Tina Caspary, Laura Waterbury, Jack Eiseman, Jonathan Ward, Ivan J. Rado, Lauren Stanley, Jade Calegory, Vinnie Torrente

    It's bad enough that Mac and Me is a shameless ripoff of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Like Steven Spielberg's classic, it's about a young boy who befriends a lost space alien looking to be reconnected with its family. What's worse, though, is that the movie is more or less a 90-minute commercial for Coca-Cola and McDonald's. Product placement is rampant. Everyone in the movie guzzles Coke. The teenage girl next door works at McDonald's. The alien is seen wearing a "McKids" t-shirt at one point. Then there's the mind-blowingly stupid scene in which a bunch of people break into an impromptu choreographed dance routine in the middle of a McDonald's.

    The only way this picture could stoop lower would be if a McDonald's employee showed up at the home of anyone watching it to ask if they want fries with that. 

  • Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend on Random Movies No '80s Kid Is Actually Nostalgic About

    (#9) Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend

    • Sean Young, Patrick McGoohan, William Katt, Julian Fellowes, Edward Hardwicke, Hugh Quarshie, Julian Curry, Olu Jacobs, Eddie Tagoe, Thérèse Taba, Stephane Krora, Anthony Sarfoh, Susie Nottingham, Jeannot Banny, Kyalo Mativo, Alexis Meless, Roger Carlton

    Paleontologist Susan Matthews-Loomis (Sean Young) and her husband George (William Katt) delve into the Central African jungle to discover a living brontosaurus in this mid-'80s stinker.

    The uninspired adventure plot is unhelped by visual effects that not only are a far cry from Jurassic Park (released eight years later), but don't look great next to 1933's King Kong, either.

  • The Garbage Pail Kids Movie on Random Movies No '80s Kid Is Actually Nostalgic About

    (#4) The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

    • Jim Cummings, Anthony Newley, Phil Fondacaro, Arturo Gil, Mackenzie Astin, Debbie Lee Carrington, Lynn Cartwright, Katie Barberi, Kevin Thompson, Bobby Bell, Susan Rossitto, Marjory Graue, Ron MacLachlan, J.P. Amateau, Larry Green

    The Garbage Pail Kids Movie is based on a popular series of stickers that spoofed the Cabbage Patch Kids. A movie based on stickers? Has there ever been a flimsier inspiration for a feature-length film? ("Hold my beer," says The Emoji Movie.)

    The Kids are designed to be gross and repugnant, which the film certainly follows up on. One has sores all over his face, one has a perpetually runny nose, and another repeatedly wets his pants. Hard to believe children were turned off by that, isn't it? Add in the creepy large-headed costumes, and you've got nightmare fuel for a month. Perhaps most perplexing of all is that the filmmakers hired Anthony Newley to star - because what child doesn't love that British singer and stage actor from the 1960s?

  • Little Monsters on Random Movies No '80s Kid Is Actually Nostalgic About

    (#17) Little Monsters

    • Fred Savage, Howie Mandel, Ben Savage, Daniel Stern, Frank Whaley, Rick Ducommun, Devin Ratray, Margaret Whitton, Amber Barretto, J. Michael Hunter, Tom Hull, William Murray Weiss

    Admit it - you'd forgotten all about Little Monsters before you saw the title on this list - didn't you? That's all right - it would be hard not to forget this goofy Fred Savage/Howie Mandel comedy about a kid who befriends the monster living under his bed.

    It was made for a company called Vestron that went bankrupt, so United Artists picked it up. Perhaps not knowing what to do with another distributor's leftovers, UA dumped Little Monsters into fewer than 200 theaters, where, according to Box Office Mojo, it grossed a pathetic $793,775. Between that and the movie's shockingly kid-unfriendly content, it's easy to understand why the movie failed to leave much of a cultural footprint. 

  • Best Defense on Random Movies No '80s Kid Is Actually Nostalgic About

    (#7) Best Defense

    • Eddie Murphy, Dudley Moore, Kate Capshaw, Lillian Müller, David Paymer, Tom Noonan, David Rasche, Rick Dees, Matthew Laurance, Helen Shaver, George Dzundza, Joel Polis, Peter Michael Goetz, Tracey Ross, D. David Morin, Paul Eiding, William Marquez, Raye Birk, Jim Jansen, Christopher Maher, Billy Ray Sharkey, John Hostetter, Lorry Goldman, Ellen Crawford, Darryl Henriques, Mark Arnott, Dennis Redfield, Paul Comi, Hugo Stanger, Eugene Dynarski, Jake Dengel, Gary Bayer, Rozsika Halmos, Jerry Hyman, Gabi Amrani, Sanford Jensen, Tyler Tyhurst, Burton Collins, John A. Zee, Javier Grajeda, Charles David Richards, Jennifer Wallace, Eduardo Ricard, Stephen Bradley, Gerald Jann, Yitzhak Ne'eman, Bill Geisslinger, Pamela Stonebrook, Renny Temple, Diane Carter, Deborah Fallender, Elizabeth Reiko Kubota, Ronald Salley, Julie Ellis, Patricia Pivaar, Rob Wininger, Ziporah Tzabari, Michael Scalera, Chuck Street

    Sandwiched in between Eddie Murphy's hits Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop was his first dud. Audiences watched Best Defense expecting another Murphy laugh-fest, only to discover that he has just a small supporting role as a tank commander.

    What they got instead was a Dudley Moore comedy about a military engineer working on a gyroscope for use in Army tanks. Could any subject be less ripe for comedy than that? Even Murphy himself would probably tell people not to bother with this utterly forgettable movie, which, like Moore's gyro, falls flat. 

  • The Toy on Random Movies No '80s Kid Is Actually Nostalgic About

    (#15) The Toy

    • Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Alex Hyde-White, Scott Schwartz, Stocker Fontelieu, Louis Herthum, Virginia Capers, Tony Burton, Paul Tuerpe, Teresa Ganzel, Don Hood, Steve Kahan, Harold Herthum, Tody Bernard, B.J. Hopper, Stuart Baker-Bergen, Bill Holliday, Davis Hotard, James Roddy, Ray Spruell, Valerian Smith, Malik Farrakhan, Orwin C. Harvey, Robert M. Stevens, Annazette Chase, Robert Neilson, Charles Detraz, Sally Birdsong, Robert Earle, Robert Adams, Marilyn Gleason, Elbert Andre Patrick, Lewis Baker, Karen Leslie-Lyttle, Annie McGuire, Santos Swing, Delana Renay Cole, Robert Costley, Jim Beyer, George Howard, Juan Coleman, Lucy Campbell Rowland, Bob Cherry, Linda McCann, La Monica Matthews, Louis Weinberg, Pauline Barcelona, Dawnis Kaye Smith, Helen Howard, Debra Cole, Jon Ralph Wilson, Tot Beyer, Beverly Tagge, Mark Bennett, Willie Swing, Bruce Langley, Jim Clancy, J.D. Martin

    The Toy is a movie that makes you ask, "Exactly how prejudiced were people in 1982?" In this politically incorrect comedy, Jackie Gleason plays a millionaire who hires an African American man (Richard Pryor) to be his bratty young son's plaything. Not his playmate - his play thing. From there, the audience is supposed to laugh as the kid torments Pryor in various ways, including firing at his face with a rubber dart blaster and dumping oatmeal on his head.

    Why anyone thought it was okay to make a family film in which children are asked to giggle at white people making a Black man's life miserable is one of the great cinematic mysteries of all time. 

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Many people still remember iconic '80s movies such as The Breakfast Club, Top Gun, and Back to the Future. With wild plots, cheesy special effects, and super fascinating lines, the movies of the 80s are the most interesting movies of all time. Let us take a trip along the road of memory of fluffy hair and bigger shoulder pads.

In fact, there are many 80s movies that have not stood the test of time, some were so bad at that time, they end up being good. The random tool lists 17 movies of the 1980s that most people forgot.

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