Life moved pretty fast, didn't it? If you're a child of the 1980s, this week is going to make you feel like a child of the 1880s. A lot of our beloved pop cultural phenomenons hit important birthdays. To paraphrase Kevin Costner in 1989's Field of Dreams, "There comes a time when all the cosmic tumblers have clicked into place and the universe opens itself up for a few seconds to show you how truly great that decade was." It's that time.
Awesome … totally awesome
For years, Sean Penn turned his back on 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High and his legendary role as stoner Jeff Spicoli. Not anymore. Tonight at 9, Spike TV airs its annual Guys Choice Awards, featuring an onstage reunion of the male cast of Fast Times. The occasion? ("Hey, wait a minute, there's no birthday party for me here!") Penn and the boys are being inducted in the Guys Movie Hall of Fame by none other than Robert De Niro! Why De Niro? Don't forget Penn and De Niro co-starred in 1989's We're No Angels. "Hey, Bud, let's party!"
Bueller … Bueller … Bueller …
So Ferris is absent again. Who can blame him? After all, Ferris Bueller's Day Off turns 25 years old on Saturday. Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck and — Can anyone name Ferris' girlfriend? It was Mia Sara. — turned a forbidden road trip to Chicago into a celebration of youth, rebellion and music. (Just listen to Danke Schoen or Twist and Shout, and the parade scene rushes back. "It's one of my personal favorites, and I'd like to dedicate it to a young man who doesn't think he's seen anything good today.") Paramount is releasing a new 25th anniversary Blu-ray edition of the classic John Hughes flick on Aug. 2, but life moves pretty fast, so watch Ferris, Cameron and Sloan's adventure at 8 p.m. Sunday on VH1 Classic.
Marty McFly is 50? Whoa, that's heavy
Michael J. Fox hit the big 5-Ohmigod on Thursday. It's official: Family Ties' Alex P. Keaton is eligible to join AARP. Fox still doesn't look a day over 25. Maybe he's been using Doc Brown's flux capacitor to travel back in time for photo shoots. His film work in the '80s never seems to go out of style. Just this week, MTV began airing its own series based on his 1985 movie Teen Wolf. Is it new and improved? Trust us … stick to Fox and the original.
We meet again, Dr. Jones
Grab a fedora, but leave the bullwhip at home when you head to Clearwater's historic Capitol Theatre on June 17 for a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which turns 30 years old Sunday. Harrison Ford isn't ready to call it quits on playing Indiana Jones. After reviving the aging archeologist for 2008's Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, rumors are the next installment will begin filming in 2012, at which point Ford will be … 70 years old. But, as Indy says, "It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage."
Steve Spears is the host of the Stuck in the '80s blog and podcast. E-mail him at email@example.com.