All you need to know, you can learn from a Robert Downey Jr. movie in the '80s
Robert Downey Jr. turns 47 years old today. I'd bet there was a time where nobody thought he'd make it to 37. Yeah, the '80s. I remember seeing him in Less Than Zero and thinking, "This is a documentary?"
Alas, Downey eventually turned around his substance abuse problems -- his comeback and talent makes him one of Hollywood's most revered actors today, and rightfully so. And yet, it's impossible for me to honor him without returning the '80s, where he did show a TON of raw ability (in between whatever else he was up to at the time.)
And so, without further ado...
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW, YOU CAN LEARN FROM A ROBERT DOWNEY JR. MOVIE:
"Violent ground acquisition games such as football is in fact a crypto-fascist metaphor for nuclear war." (Back to School)
"It's this whole stupid capitalist system, you know? It's set up to heap rewards on the advantaged and the aggressive... and to make sure that two regular schmoes like you and me never get a date with girls like Valerie Desmond." (Back to School)
"All I want to do is live!" (Tuff Turf)
"Girls, shmirls!" (Weird Science)
"Patience is next to Godliness ... Actually, it's the flip side of cleanliness, but it's still *pretty* f---ing important if you ask me." (Less Than Zero)