It was only after I said to my daughter, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything,” that I realized I just quoted Back to the Future. I must admit I was a little self conscious about it at first, but a 2-year-old doesn’t know a McFly from a Tannen. And the sentiment certainly isn’t bad advice to impart on anyone. In other words, an eighties movie just taught my daughter a life lesson. Interesting.
This got me thinking: What other wisdom could I glean from the films of my childhood? How could the movies of the ‘80s shape me into a better father? And these are pretty stupid questions, aren’t they?
Yep. But let’s see what I uncovered anyway.