Who ever thought a cohesive narrative could be pieced together based on rock hits of the ’80’s?! Well…it can’t. Yes, the less than stellar ratings on Rotten Tomatoes should have been fair warning, BUT as a child of the 80’s, how could I resist checking it out?! And insofar as the tunes are concerned, it was a fun (and nostalgic) trip down memory lane, with 80’s classics ranging from ballads like Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian”, Foreigner’s “I Wanna Know What Love Is” and REO Speedwagon’s “I Can’t Fight This Feeling” to the hard-driving rock anthems such as Guns ‘n Roses’ “Paradise City”, Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock & Roll” and Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me”. In addition, there are (deservedly so) multiple songs included by the likes of Journey, Pat Benatar, Styx and many more. In that regard (along with the hairstyles and clothing), it was a bit like traveling back in time…to possibly the cheesiest decade in history.
Within the first 10-15 minutes, my (fellow child of the 80’s) friend and I were looking at each other with ambivalence, wondering aloud if this was going to be the biggest waste of an afternoon ever. But then, an odd thing happened… It started to grow on us. We laughed. A lot. Granted, half the time we were laughing because it was so bad, it was funny; the other half of the time because it actually was funny. And frankly, it became harder and harder to decipher what was meant to be comedic and what wasn’t. I began to wonder if it was really just ALL poking fun at itself ~ even in its more earnest, seemingly serious moments. Regardless, I think the key was just giving ourselves over to the cheese. Heck, the 80’s themselves were cheesy! How could a movie exploiting them be anything but cheesy itself? It just became a matter of embracing it in all its garish glory. Continue reading