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bobcat_816
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This might sound a little weird, but sometimes I like to pretend that some unrelated eighties movies are actually sequels. It takes some imagination to do this, but my favorite movies to do this with are 16 candles, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Less than Zero, and Weekend at Bernie’s.

The way that I picture it is, it starts out following the life of Molly Ringwald’s characters in 16 candles. She starts out as a middle class freshman in high school going through the normal teenage growing pains. Next we see her as an upper class junior in The Breakfast Club. Her dad has somehow made it big and she’s a little stuck up now. Next, she comes back to reality in Pretty in Pink where she’s a senior. Her father has lost his fortune and her mother has left them. They’ve moved to the poor side of town and she’s attending a new school where she’s no longer the popular girl.

After Pretty in Pink, the series shifts focus to Andrew McCartney’s characters. After the events of Pretty in Pink, things didn’t quite work out between him and Molly. In Less than Zero, Andrew stays kind of friends with James Spader’s character, and we see his other high school friends such as Robert Downey Jr. They’re all still rich and like to party. This movie shows their post high school days.

Finally, in Weekend at Bernie’s, Andrew’s character is now out of college, has a job, and has left his partying friends behind.

I know a lot of things don’t really tie in, so it takes some imagination to make it work, although there are a lot of similarities between the characters and movies to help. Has anyone ever done this with any other unrelated movies, or can anyone else think of any other movies that tie in with these? I tried to fit Mannequin in, somehow, but couldn’t figure out a good way to make it tie in.

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Actually there is a very cool idea. I never thought of it that way. But as a kid I did always want to know what happened to the people after the movie. I loved the films where they would write a bit of an epilogue for all the characters like in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I was always like "so Ahhhh... that's what happend!" If a movie didn't do that for me I would do it for myself later or write my own sequal in my head.

This sounds like a good game! We should play!

Perhaps Mannequin could fit in where after dealing with weekend at Bernie's one and two Andrew went a little nutty and needed a change of careers and lost some of his money so he ended up working in the department store with his old friend James Spader. Who is still a jerk but tried to go for the more professional look with the slicked back hair and what not and decided that since Andrew was getting all the attention and James is a bit of an attention hog the they would be enimies instead of friends (Ok long example and doesn't really follow in chronological order to how the films were released but it could work).

How about Anthony Micheal Hall?

As kid he started out being a dork going on family vacations with his parents and always making him do dorky thinks. Often times when your parents are dorks you can be a dork too. So he's an 8th grader in National Lampoon doing all the crazy dorky things with his dad.

By the time he enters high school he still has that dorky charm as a freshman in 16 candles his so called making it with Caroline never truely happened because neither of them could rememberr what happened and the picture they took cut off Caroline's head so she never admitted to thier night together. So as a sophomore in Breakfast Club when he said that he had done it with many of girls from Canada he was refering to Caroline (who is of canadian decent maybe?) who had already graduated and there for could not confirm their relationship. So then he had to back down and say no he had not been with a woman. At the end of the movie Anthony is still the Big V... a virgin.

So as a junior in weird science he creates a woman to make the other women show interest in him. He suceeds in doing so and finally gets the girl and is finally COOL.

Now his senior year comes along and he beefs up over the summer and comes back a new man. He becomes a star football player and is scouted by many Universities and now gets all of the girls (Uma Thurman). But in the meantime... due to a bit of roid rage from the rapid buffing up he decides to pick on poor defenseless Edward Scissorhands and tourment him and cheat on his girlfriend Uma with Winona over christmas break. But once it gets closer to graduation Johnny calms down and graduates as a football star and goes off to college and ends up with him true love Uma and forgets about his fling with Winona!

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Actually, there is a very cool idea. I never thought of it that way. But as a kid I did always want to know what happened to the people after the movie. I loved the films where they would write a bit of an epilogue for all the characters like in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I was always like "so Ahhhh... that's what happend!"...
Kinda like what American Graffiti or Animal House did at the end of both of those movies? They would show what became of the characters. OK, granted, those two movies were from the 70's, but right now, I can't think of any 80's movie that has done the same thing.
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Steven you missed the point oops...That's ok... I still luv ya...

I didn't say that Fast Times was the first to do it I just liked that they did it. I know there were other movies that had done that before I was just refering to it as an example. I loved how Animal House did it as well but I didn't think it would be quite as relivant as the Fast times example because it was from the 70's. But for the rest of the part of Bobcat's post it is unintended 80's sequals using your imagination to connect unrealted movies to each other and make them "sequals" to they others. [Smile]

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That was cool Foxy. I never even thought about Anthony Michael Hall's movies, but they do really fit in with the rest of them.

OK here's another one. In Trading Places, Paul Gleason plays the guy who is going to get Mortimer and Randolph the inside information on the commodities. Well after his traumatic expirience of being locked in a cage with a love starved gorrilla, he realizes that he needs a change of profession, and becomes a high school principal in The Breakfast Club.

Also in Coming to America, we see Mortimer and Randolph have become homeless after losing every thing in Trading Places. Eddie Murphy's character conviniently donates some money to them to help them get back on their feet. Although, Eddie's characters from those movies probably can't be the same since they have way different backgrounds, but Eddie's character from Trading Places, after becoming rich realizes that money isn't everything and realizes that his real dream is to fight crime in Beverly Hills Cop. Which goes together pretty good, because both of his characters in those movies have shady pasts.

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Cruise is concussed after running into a goalpost during his victory celebration in ‘All The Right Moves’, he dreams he’s actually a Forrest dweller who has to marry a virgin and find a unicorn in order to save the world from some demonic overlord of darkness in ‘Legend’, needless to say he’s mighty miffed when he wakes to discover that he’s still in Johnstown PA. So he flips out (one might say he was ‘Losin’ It’ [Wink] ) he’s still got the (unicorn’s) horn, but no Mia Sara: life sucks, so he gets a haircut and joins the air force in ‘Top Gun’ (has a blast, best friend dies and most of his crew are gay but what can you do?), unemployed and disillusioned with the military Cruise tries his hand at being a barman in ‘****tail’, summers over and the grim reality of working in a toy store takes it toll, fortunately, he meets Paul Newman and they hit the pool hall hustle scene in ‘The Color of Money’.

He sobers up, does a complete 180 and becomes a yuppie salesman who regains his humanity by meeting his long lost autistic brother in ‘Rainman’ [Big Grin] <-------Cruise grin

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Good One Kash.

OK. Here’s one that kind of goes along with yours. Stallone starts off as a military guy in Rambo. After he retires from the military, he takes up boxing and becomes the world champ in the Rocky movies. Martin Kove was the helicopter pilot in Rambo 2 and he learned karate in the service. When he retired, he opened a business as a karate instructor in The Karate Kid. Things didn’t work out between Ralph Macchio and Elizabeth Shue in Karate Kid, so she moved away and had a wild adventure as a babysitter in Adventures in Babysitting. Elizabeth eventually fell in love with Tom Cruise in C ocktail.

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Nicole Kidman begins the 80's as a teenage girl who rides around on BMX bikes with her friends (BMX Bandits) until one day she runs into a mysterious stranger who thinks he is Santa Claus (Bush Christmas).

After these crazy happenings, she ends up a successful young singer who falls in love with a windsurfer (Windrider).

After she and the surfer break up, she meets, falls in love with, and marries a rich man with a yacht, and after their young son tragically dies, they take a fateful journey where they are taken hostage by a crazy man (Dead Calm).

Naturally, all these events are bound to play havoc with a young woman, and the next we hear of her, she is arrested in Thailand for drug traffiking (Bangkok Hilton).

Fortunately, she is able to study in prison, and when released, she gains her Ph.D in brain surgery. She meets a young racing car driver, and is attracted to him because he has no brain (Days of Thunder).

What will become of this young woman as time marches on? Why, for all we know, she could become a fame obsessed weather woman. She may turn out to be a witch. Twice.

Nicole, whatever happens, please don't keep your eyes wide shut.

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