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'Ahhh, Thailand': The zen of Volunteers

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Tomhanksvolunteers Tom Hanks is making the publicity rounds again, pimping his new movie "Charlie Wilson's War." (How can you hate a movie that takes place in the 80s?)

Still, I prefer "80s Tom" over his work these days. I need the younger smart-ass, firing away with the zingers and quips. I prefer co-stars like John Candy ("Splash") and Adrian Zmed ("Bachelor Party") to the horse-mouthed Julia Roberts and the creepy Philip Seymour Hoffman.

In fact, I'll go as far as to say one of Hank's lesser-thought-of films -- "Volunteers" -- is actually a real sweet slice of 80s pie. (My 80s podcast co-host Sean Daly -- who has certain Hanks-esque qualities --  disagrees about "Volunteers." Then again, he's a pinhead.)

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 80s CULTURE, YOU CAN LEARN FROM "VOLUNTEERS":

"It's not that I can't help these people. It's just I don't want to."

"We must all do what we must do, for if we do not, then what we must do does not get done."

"Let's face it: you're afraid and you have a damn good reason to be. Albert Speer once said, 'Fear is victory's fuel!' Oh, you spend a few years with me, pal, and we are going to turn that fear into high octane."

"Germs make you sick. That is why we give medicine to help kill you."

"That's right, Lawrence Bournes III; rich American."

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