It was a time of neon colors, of spandex and pop music laced with synthesizers. And at the movies, audiences flocked to E.T., Back to the Future, the latest adventures from Indiana Jones and the triumphs of underdogs like Rocky or The Karate Kid.

You can take some movies from the 1980s, pop them on now, and enjoy them as excellent films, regardless of their release year. That’s not the case with every beloved 80s movie. Nostalgia’s a funny thing, and sentiments shared for popular movies tends to cloud our better judgments, allowing passion to affect taste. Now that almost three decades have passed between the release of these films and today, we’re able to recalibrate our opinions of accepted "hits" from the 1980s and realize, perhaps a little sheepishly, that these movies aren’t nearly as good as we once thought.

Let’s fire up the flux capacitor and revisit some gems from the 80s that just don’t hold up to scrutiny these days.

Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
The idea behind Ted Kotcheff’s Weekend at Bernie’s probably sounded great at the pitch meeting. The 80s were a time of corporate ladder climbing, and the two entrepreneurs played by Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman would go to impossible lengths to make it in business – even carting their boss’s corpse around a beachfront paradise. But in execution, it’s a physical gag that can only last for so long, and the gallows humor concept of Weekend at Bernie’s goes from pitch black to dumb to bland before the credits roll. How this movie actually got a sequel is beyond me.

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