For some reason Teen Wolf has popped into my life a few times over the past several weeks. (And I’m talking about the super-awesome 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox, not the whatever TV series, which I have never seen). It all started when the movie came on one of those ambiguous channels and then my sister reminded me via Twitter that the movie is about 30 years old, which is shocking since I haven’t aged a day.

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Being an ardent admirer of the 80s, I considered it my duty to tune in. I watched poor Scott Howard deal with the trauma of being a teen werewolf and wondered once again why Boof would even want to hug him after the big game after he totally jilted her for That Pamela. I laughed at Stiles’ shirts and wondered if I could ever get away with wearing one.

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Then my daughter, a child of the 00s, told mea child of the 80sthat she thought the movie was “stupid” and “kinda dumb.”

WHAT.

A movie about a teen werewolf basketball star who joins the drama club and falls in love with the resident blonde all while thwarting the advances of his brunette BFF and sidestepping Nick the Bully and trying to figure out how to keep his ego in check because the werewolf suddenly makes him awesome and popular and everyone wants to hang out with him, and meanwhile he and his friends are surfing on top of moving vehicles to the Beach Boys soundtrack? That’s “stupid” and “kinda dumb”?!

OK. So the movie is a little ridiculous. I mean, seriously.

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Plus it has something like a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I’m forever subservient to Rotten Tomatoes.

But still.

It’s Teen Wolf.

Then again, it’s also my nostalgia, not hers. When she’s 30-something, she’ll probably feel the same way about High School Musical.

Nostalgia is an interesting phenomenon.

Researchers estimate that most of us wax nostalgic at least a few times a month—and often more than once a week. Although waxing nostalgic can sometimes result in emotional pangs due to bittersweet longing, it typically has positive effects. Makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. (Those aren’t scientific terms). There may even be a relationship between nostalgia and philanthropy.

Research also indicates that we often use memories of the past to interpret our present.

Never underestimate the power of nostalgia.

It’s so powerful, it makes Teen Wolf look good.

Read more about this from legitimate people:

Why Do We Get Nostalgic?

The Power of Nostalgia

What Nostalgia Is, and What It Does

An Academicky List of Primary Studies on Nostalgia

2 thoughts on “1985’s Teen Wolf, Stupid? Uh, I think not.”

  1. My son and I make it a practice to watch a cheesy 80’s movie at least once a month. Maybe he’s just a little bit zany, but he seems to appreciate 80’s cheese almost as much as I do. Teen Wolf was one of the first cheesy 80’s movies we watched together.

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