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Caddyshack2 Lately, I find myself staying awake to all hours of the night to catch the first five minutes of the movie Caddyshack 2. (Pause for you to scream out in disgust and disapproval.)

The reason why just the first five minutes? Because Jackie Mason doesn't appear yet and because you get to hear the epic (and highly underappreciated) theme song by Kenny Loggins -- "Nobody's Fool."

Song ends, I flip the channel and continue my search for a better movie. Or at least one in which Dan Aykroyd doesn't talk in a strange pinched voice and wear camouflage. (Oddly enough, it's not an easy quest.)

Which 80s movies are worth turning on for just the first 5 minutes? Great question. And what do you know, I actually have a list.


5. Club Paradise (1986): Robin Williams has an icicle hanging out of his noise, nearly dies in a fall from a high-rise and then suddenly is living large in the Caribbean. All in the first five minutes. The rest of the movie? A few good Peter O'Toole lines and little else.

4. A View To A Kill (1985): The worst James Bond movie of the entire franchise. But stay tuned just long enough for Duran Duran's title song. Then go hunt for "The Spy Who Loved Me" on a different channel.

3. The Jazz Singer (1980): Basically a music video (before such things really existed) for Neil Diamond's song "America," set in New York City. After that, you're forced to watch him actually act.

2. Caddyshack 2 (1988): Tune into next week's Stuck in the 80s podcast -- our interview with Kenny Loggins -- in which he actually sings a line or two of the theme song for us. No kidding.

1. Purple Rain (1984): You can figure out the entire plot of the movie from the moment Prince says "Dearly beloved..." to his final "Crazy!" on "Let's Go Crazy." But skip the rest of the movie and you miss the legendary Morris Day, who deserves to make enough royalties from this movie to never work another day in his life.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:22pm]


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