Stuck in the '80s shut-ins Sean Daly and Steve Spears have been in couchbound bliss lately taking in the 25th anniversary hoopla for Back to the Future. Herewith, the Marty McFlys of the St. Petersburg Times make wildly hyperbolic statements about Robert Zemeckis' '80s classic — and soak in the power of love.
SEAN DALY: This might be my enduring Lea Thompson lust talking, but Back to the Future is one of the five best "popcorn" flicks of all time: hip, thrilling and front-to-back entertaining for the whole fam. It's a timeless breed of film, right up there with Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Men in Black and Speed.
STEVE SPEARS: I agree with — wait a sec, Speed?! Keanu Reeves on a bus isn't even in the same class as Michael J. Fox in a DeLorean! And Back to the Future is hardly a family flick: It revolves around a mother having the hots for her son. I don't want to know what your Thanksgivings are like, Oedipus.
DALY: Yikes, you might be onto something there, Freud. Luke and Leia totally made out — and they were siblings. I have serious issues, don't I?
SPEARS: Moving on. … You probably know that Eric Stoltz was the original Marty McFly. But did you know that Michael J. Fox got the job only after Ralph "Daniel-san" Macchio turned it down? Wax off, indeed!
DALY: Macchio would have been a good McFly. He has that cool-but-vulnerable quality.
SPEARS: Stoltz would have been better. In fact, Stoltz might have been just as good as Fox.
DALY: That is easily the dumbest thing you've ever said. Well, that and "I think Alf would make a solid wingman."
SPEARS: Speaking of dumb: Huey Lewis once famously told you you're a lousy music critic. And yet his music — especially Back in Time and Power of Love — is all over the movie.
DALY: I had the Back to the Future soundtrack on vinyl! Robert Zemeckis is a brilliant special effects director, but he's also a marketing visionary; this movie was a game-changer in terms of music, product placement and, alas, the scourge of sequelitis.
SPEARS: Scourge? Back to the Future 2 is just as good as the original. It's definitely the smartest time-travel movie ever. It even predicted the future's nostalgia with the '80s that pays our bills! In fact, it's a better sequel than Empire Strikes Back.
DALY: Better than Empire?! Okay, now you're just embarrassing yourself. I have dark twisted family issues — and I'm STILL the voice of reason here.
SPEARS: Whatever you say, Marty. Tell your mom I said hi.
Sean Daly's Pop Life column runs every Sunday in Floridian. Steve Spears can be reached at tampabay.com/blogs/80s.