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MOVIES: 1980’s

Within the era of the 1980’s, the store blockbuster increased in sales, and significantly increased their selection of films that contain nudity. Because of this, the US rating PG-13 was established for the films that were in-between PG and R. The specific movies that had naked people in it during the 80’s were: action, science fiction type movies, and horror.


Some of the top films within this era consisted of “Star Wars” movies, “E.T.”, “Batman”, “Ghostbusters”, and “Back to the Future.” These films cumulated millions of dollars and lead the top grossing films of the 1980’s.


Some stereotypes we see within this era or trends consist of thriller, fantasy, drama, westerns, comedies, teen comedies, and sequels. There are specifically popular movies today that were within the 80’s era like James Bond and the Terminator. We also see in this category of culture a popularity of teen movies, which introduced the idea of having movies be rated PG-13.

In comparison to some other eras, we find that most of the popular movies that were established within the 1980’s are still very much still classic’s that are “must see movies” today.


Through this time period we find that these movies are becoming more scandalized rather then the 1970’s films. Because of the increase in nudity and the increase in movie watching teens, people found it necessary to establish a rating (PG-13) that would hopefully avoid confrontation that viewers may have.


Looking at the increase of explicit conduct within movies we can make the assumption that teens were being introduced to sexually immoral things. This time during the movie era was especially significant because of the variety of different types of movies, and the rating PG-13 that is still in place today.


However, we can conclude that today’s version of PG-13 is very different then the rating back in the 80’s. Through examining 80’s culture, teens have started to be exposed to scandalized films which can corrupt their minds.


Today we see the harm of rated R movies to our teens today because we understand that what you put into your mind and body has to come out eventually. As ministers we are always going to have to deal with the competition of catching teens attention. On average the amount of minutes we have to interact with our kids is about 140 minutes while the world gets roughly 9,960 minutes during a week. As youth ministers we need to be able to delegate our time wisely and communicate towards our students the kind of harm and destruction that can happen as we watch certain movies that we are not suppose to engage with.t1-p-tm


About emilygpotts

I work from coffee shops, pray a little, cook, and travel relentlessly. Currently residing in Redding, CA

One response to “MOVIES: 1980’s

  1. David

    I agree with you that this was a great era for movies, at the same time, a lot of movies became more explicit. I remember watching movies with my parents as a child of some of the “classic” movies, and even they were shock of the amount of sex/nudity that were involved. They had no idea these “classics” were so vulgar.

    You brought up an interesting point that Youth Ministries get so little time to interact with the youth even though it’s crucial that the they develop their foundation in their relationship with God at a young age. I think this stresses the importance in the quality of work we provide. Our church meetings should be taken serious and with utmost diligence. It’s literally their eternal lives at stake.

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