Photograph courtesy of the Everett Collection
Since longing for the eighties set in around, oh, 1990, film and TV audiences have been inundated with homages to the Reagan (read: John Hughes) era. But lately, fond recollections of the days of Gingrich and Gameboys have been coming on fast. Here, a guide to which tributes deserve your attention this summer. Erica Cerulo
THE INDIE PERIOD PIECE
EIGHTIES: Son of Rambow
NINETIES: The Wackness
WINNER: The Wackness
Trailer for The Wackness
Rambow, about two prepubescent Brits, features neon-clad girls, Stallone references, and a Bowie-like exchange student. Reebok Pumps, Forrest Gump, and Zima give The Wackness an edge, but a pager-using drug dealer who's obsessed with the Notorious B.I.G. (and the spot-on hip-hop-rich soundtrack) pushes it over the top.
THE PRIME-TIME TV SPIN-OFF
EIGHTIES: Knight Rider
NINETIES: Beverly Hills, 90210
The trailer for the CW's 90210
David Hasselhoff's absence from Knight Rider was almost offset by the news that Will Arnett would be the voice of the new, improved KITT—until that development fell through. And then word came that Tori Spelling (Donna in the original 90210) hoped to return in the CW remake. See you at the Peach Pit After Dark.
EIGHTIES: Eddie Murphy
NINETIES: Mike Myers
Mike Myers in the trailer for The Love Guru
Both are leaving the Shrek money machine this summer to star in comedies for grown-ups. Murphy's alien-love story Meet Dave promises to be painful, but Myers sticks to themes of shagging and lost mojo in The Love Guru (costarring Verne Troyer, a.k.a. Mini-Me, and Jessica Alba), which might rekindle hopes for a fourth Austin Powers.
THE LONG-AWAITED SEQUEL
EIGHTIES: The Lost Boys sequel
NINETIES: The X-Files sequel
WINNER:The Lost Boys
The trailer for Lost Boys: The Tribe
Just when David Duchovny has reinvented himself with Californication, the guy decides to reprise his tired role as a paranoid investigator of the paranormal. Bummer. On the other hand, seeing the coke-damaged Corey Haim still alive—let alone in a movie with Corey Feldman—is a feel-good experience that's too mind-blowing to miss.