through Sean P Aune | August 6, 2022Aug. 6, 2022 10:30 am EDT

Welcome to an exciting year-long project here at The Nerdy. 1982 was an exciting year for films, giving us many films that became popular favorites and cult classics. It was also the beginning of a major shift in cultural and societal norms, some of which continue to have an impact today.

We’ll be picking and choosing which films we hit, but right now the list stands at nearly four dozen.

Yes, we’re crazy, but 1982 was a great year in movies.

The articles appear – in most cases – on the same day as the films hit theaters in 1982, their true 40th anniversary. All films are also watched again for these reviews and not memorized. In some cases it will really be the first time we see them.

This time it’s July 23, 1982, and we want to check Forced revenge, The Last American Virginand night shift.

Quick side note: Since we started this series this year, we’ve found that Vintage Video Podcast does exactly the same project, with two differences: first, it’s audio (of course), and second, they make every major movie. We’ve listened to numerous episodes and it’s fun to compare their thoughts with my own. Check them out on the Vintage Video Podcast.

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Things are tough everywhere

Every Cheech & Chong movie I watch again makes me really wonder how these guys got so popular. I can remember listening in high school Biggest hit so many times that I had it memorized, but these films just don’t work for me. I observe next movie in 1980 and Nice Dreams in 1981, and I’m still hoping I’m done with that.

Not only do we have to put up with the usual Cheech & Chong nonsense, but this time they also play with Arab brothers who are angry at them and are hunting them. The only thing I found vaguely funny was the perpetually stripped car where they end up running just one frame. And I’m using “funny” very loosely here.

It’s a boring affair and just proves my usual opinion that comedy sequels don’t usually work. With the filming of these people, I no longer need drug-fueled adventures. Let me guess, Cheech will turn women on and Chong will try to hit the biggest joint ever. Great… woo.

I need to have at least some fun while watching comedy and not feel tormented.

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The Pirate Movie

Speaking of torture, you were unlucky enough to see The Pirate Movie?

loosely based on The Pirates of Penzance, this musical romantic comedy just isn’t good at any of the three. The majority of the cast are not good singers. I didn’t feel any real chemistry between Kristy McNichol and Christopher Atkins. And I definitely wasn’t laughing.

Add to that the fact that the movie just isn’t made that well. This was one of the last films directed by Ken Annakin, and understandably so. Visually, there was simply no attitude towards life. There were no strong links between hiring and occupation. It seemed like people just walked in somewhere and said, “I guess we’re filming here, there’s no need to dress the set.” The footage was either too barren with poor framing of the storyline, or just insanely busy and man couldn’t tell where people were in the room.

Movies are a visual form of storytelling, and that means they matter. That was not the case at all with this film.

1982 Movie Reviews will return with August 13th Fast times at Ridgemont High, Friday the 13th Part IIIand A policeman and a gentleman!

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