Seven 80s Movies That Didn’t Seem Cheesy Then But Now…..

Just the other day I was watching Karate Kid II and man talk about the cheese.  I mean I think that movie was supposed to be somewhat cheesy.  It’s just so hard to have a sequel that isn’t in some way a little diluted compared to the first.   But when you look at the first one?  Well that’s another story.

Bottom line is that I think there were plenty of movies that came out in the 80s that were meant to be “serious” or at least “not cheesy” that when viewed today are absolutely ridiculous.

There were seven that shot out to me…..

Karate Kid

Look I know it’s kind of a serious movie and all but let’s face it.  It’s a teenager whose best friend is a 60 something year old Asian maintenance man who happens to be a Karate Master.  No one likes him except for a hot girl in school (which no one can figure out, even her best friends).  He’s constantly picked on and is a complete loser.   As far as the cheese?  “Put him in a bodybag!!!!  Yeahhh!”  And did you see the scene where he kisses Elizabeth Shue at the amusement park?  Guy could have easily swallowed her face.  There’s more unintentional comedy nowadays from this movie than ever.

Big Trouble in Little China

I’m pretty sure this movie was meant to be cheesy all along but I’d guess when people saw it in the 80s they thought it was a legitimate action movie.  The funny part is that there are so many characters that we now laugh at because some of them are clearly represented in Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat (Raiden, Blanka).    The movie remains a classic but the whole “when Jack” 1st person talk is a complete joke.  Hell Kurt Russell’s entire character is a joke (even though it’s supposed to be).


What was once a pretty serious flick about the underground world of the Kumite tournament is now just a movie to make fun of.   I mean technically this movie was based on the real life of Frank Dux as played by Van Damme!  But now?  Now we look back on the silly soundtrack, the ridiculous faces Van Damme made (the scream when he goes blind), the funny clothes and of course how ugly Chong Li is.   It’s a classic film and I love it to pieces but it’s cheesy.

Can’t Buy Me Love

Cute little romantic comedy.  In reality?  A bunch of hilarious lines and an opportunity to make fun of every character and laugh at watching Seth Green when he was a kid.   Well I make fun of everyone except for the hot chick with the big boobs.  “You shit on my house!”


It’s kind of a shame watching this movie today because Cory Haim is no longer with us.   However, when made, the film was clearly meant to depict a troubled young boy trying his best to fit in to his high school life.  What’s cheesy about the film is basically everything.  However, what I find best is the fact that Jeremy Piven is way more bald in this movie than any other film he’s been in.  And this was his first movie appearance!

Valley Girl

I think this movie tried to encapsulate what the culture of high school kids in the Valley in California.  Now?  Now it’s an absolute joke hearing just about any line or saying from that movie.


This movie was 100% meant to be a serious movie about kids just wanting to dance!  But let’s face it.  How many scenes in this movie are laughable today?  Um, every single one?


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