Life moves pretty fast sometimes
Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies by Hadley FreemanFrom Vogue contributor and Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman, a personalized guide to eighties movies that describes why they changed movie-making forever—featuring exclusive interviews with the producers, directors, writers, and stars of the best cult classics.
For Hadley Freeman, movies of the 1980s have simply got it all. Comedy in Three Men and a Baby, Hannah and Her Sisters, Ghostbusters, and Back to the Future; all a teenager needs to know in Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Say Anything, The Breakfast Club, and Mystic Pizza; the ultimate in action from Top Gun, Die Hard, Beverly Hills Cop, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; love and sex in 9 1/2 Weeks, Splash, About Last Night, The Big Chill, and Bull Durham; and family fun in The Little Mermaid, ET, Big, Parenthood, and Lean On Me.
In Life Moves Pretty Fast, Hadley puts her obsessive movie geekery to good use, detailing the decade’s key players, genres, and tropes. She looks back on a cinematic world in which bankers are invariably evil, where children are always wiser than adults, where science is embraced with an intense enthusiasm, and the future viewed with giddy excitement. And, she considers how the changes between movies then and movies today say so much about society’s changing expectations of women, young people, and art—and explains why Pretty in Pink should be put on school syllabuses immediately.
From how John Hughes discovered Molly Ringwald, to how the friendship between Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi influenced the evolution of comedy, and how Eddie Murphy made America believe that race can be transcended, this is a “highly personal, witty love letter to eighties movies, but also an intellectually vigorous, well-researched take on the changing times of the film industry” (The Guardian).
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“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
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This quote is more or less the anthem of '80s teen comedies. Decades and decades later, it sounds a little trite, but back in '86? Ferris Bueller is a charming slacker who makes everyone else's life—his principal's, his best friend's, his sister's—a living you know what. And while they're all stressing their pretty little heads over everything, Ferris is playing the chill guy role and telling us all to just relax. This is one of the first thing Ferris says to the audience while breaking the fourth wall, and it's basically just a teenage boy's way of telling us to stop and smell the roses. Anyone who's nostalgic for the 80s might use this line when they want you to calm down—or when they want to prove they know their John Hughes quotes.
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They go through some extremely crazy and reckless situations in the day to which point they had ultimately had one of the best days of their entire lives, and a very memorable one too. There is a huge contrast between Ferris and his best friend Cameron though. Cameron stresses about every single move they make that day and struggle to find the fun until the end of the film. Some days, a lot of us probably find ourselves like Cameron. Too nervous to do something out of character, or reckless.