I love watching the movies of my youth with todayâ€™s youth. A few weeks ago, Pete and I decided that we needed to introduce our offspring to “Bill and Tedâ€™s Excellent Adventure” and oh boy was that ever fun.
Anyway, whenever we watch something from the 80s (or earlier) (and sometimes things from the 90s too), we always have to explain some things to the girls. For example, the fact that phones used to have curly cords that stretched only so far. Or that computers used to be DOS-based and that something like a cordless, lightweight laptop with a full color screen was just a fantasy.
1980s computers, as you can imagine, cause a great deal of mirth and snickering among 21st century teenagers. And you can imagine how they react to 1980s cell phones.
Anyway, as we were watching Molly Ringwald navigate potential love with Blane (while looking fabulous, I might say), thereâ€™s a scene in which sheâ€™s calling Blaneâ€™s house and talking to his mother.
Andie (a.k.a Molly), “Do you know where he is?”
Blaneâ€™s mom, “Iâ€™m sorry, he didnâ€™t tell me.”
Andie/Molly, “OK. If he calls or comes home, can you tell him to call me?”
… [editing out some dialog for brevity] …
Blaneâ€™s mom, “Yes, could I have your number?”
Â This was Ellieâ€™s first time seeing PIP and she seemed rather confused by this scene. She kept asking, “But why would his mother ask for Andieâ€™s phone number?”
It took me a moment or two to realize what she was asking. Have you figured it out yet?
“Ohhhhh… Thatâ€™s because Caller ID hadnâ€™t been invented yet. So the mother has no idea what Andieâ€™s number is and is asking so that she can write it down and give it to Blane.”
I think my girlsâ€™ minds were a little bit blown.
Whatâ€™s your favorite movie from the 1980s?