Ok, so the current Tom Cruise creepiness aside, I think we can all agree that "Top Gun" is one of the best movies of the 80's. It's on HBO tonight and I'm watching it for the first time in a very long time. I don't remember the first time I saw "Top Gun" but I do remember falling in love with the music. Kenny Loggins, God love him, created a freaking awesome soundtrack. Although the volleyball scene doesn't do a lot for me now, "Playing With The Boys" is one of my favorite running songs.
I do remember Mom and Dad going to see it when it first came out. Being nine at the time, I was most certainly not allowed to see it then and not for several years after. After watching it tonight with older eyes, I can certainly see why.
Those steamy scenes?
Goodness. I'm married and I still felt like I was watching something I shouldn't.
My parents were more strict than some of my peers' parents when it came to the kind of movies I could see. I definitely wasn't supposed to see PG-13 movies until I was past 14. Um, yeah. I broke that rule in 4th grade at Rika's birthday slumber party. Rika was pretty much allowed to do whatever she wanted to do so even at age nine, a PG-13 movie was no big deal to her or her parents. To me, it was a huge crisis of conscience.
You see, Rika had picked "SpaceCamp" and "Mannequin" for our viewing pleasure. I couldn't tell any of my friends that I wasn't allowed to see those movies. It would make me the laughingstock of Whitaker Elementary. So I said nothing. And I watched the movies. "SpaceCamp" was fabulous, such a fun story and nothing more than a few curse words to offend my Presbyterian sensibilities. But "Mannequin"? Oh my word. Sex, language, semi-nudity- so much more than I should have ever filled my "Little Women" loving mind.
But I did get to see Anthony from "Designing Women" in another role. And to this day, "SpaceCamp" is still Kelly Preston's best role.
And Mom and Dad? I'm still mad that Jenny Norfleet got to see "Dirty Dancing" when it came out, even though it was rated R, and even though we were the same age. So not fair...
So what about you? Any young movie-going/watching angst you need to get off your chest? Feel free to share. I promise to be sympathetic.