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26th Feb '17 2:00:36 PM nombretomado
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Sometimes, a movie about the period that's considered "[[RealityIsUnrealistic not enough]]" will hit a lot closer to home. The early and even mid-1980s had a lot of late '70s styles hanging around. The perm or wavy haircut was very common around the mid-1980s (the Cobra Kai guys all had this cut in ''TheKarateKid''), but you never see it being used when people recreate the '80s -- probably because it "doesn't look '80s enough".

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Sometimes, a movie about the period that's considered "[[RealityIsUnrealistic not enough]]" will hit a lot closer to home. The early and even mid-1980s had a lot of late '70s styles hanging around. The perm or wavy haircut was very common around the mid-1980s (the Cobra Kai guys all had this cut in ''TheKarateKid''), ''Film/{{The Karate Kid|1984}}''), but you never see it being used when people recreate the '80s -- probably because it "doesn't look '80s enough".
9th Jan '17 7:59:30 AM alnair20aug93
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Every woman in [[TheFifties 1955]] would either wear sleek tailored suits, long tight skirts and spike heels and [[RedScare be fearing communism]], watching [[BMovie B-Movies]] and hanging out at the local MaltShop, or wearing fancy dresses with a cute poodle on their skirts while watching Music/ElvisPresley on television, and men in either tailored lounge suits and trenchcoats, NiceGuy polo shirts, [[BowtiesAreCool bowties]] and khakis running on suspenders, or [[HellBentForLeather black leather jackets]], tight blue jeans and black boots with matching shiny black [[DelinquentHair pompadours]] while riding on their [[CoolBike custom made bikes]].

Everyone in [[TheSixties 1968]] will be wearing [[NewAgeRetroHippie tie-dye shirts]], [[TheStoner smoking pot]] and going to see the [[Music/TheRollingStones Stones]] or Music/TheDoors while protesting UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. For the uptights, every man would wear a colourful vintage three-piece suit to contrast Music/TheBeatles style moptop and every woman would have a [[BeehiveHairdo giant bouffant]] to go with her space-agey [[DangerouslyShortSkirt miniskirt]] and go-go boots as they ride on a Vespa scooter.

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Every woman in [[TheFifties 1955]] would either wear sleek tailored suits, long tight skirts and spike heels and [[RedScare be fearing communism]], watching [[BMovie B-Movies]] and hanging out at the local MaltShop, or wearing fancy dresses with a cute poodle on their skirts while watching Music/ElvisPresley on television, television; and men in either tailored lounge suits and trenchcoats, or NiceGuy polo shirts, shirts with [[BowtiesAreCool bowties]] and khakis running on suspenders, or [[HellBentForLeather black leather jackets]], tight blue jeans and black boots with matching shiny black [[DelinquentHair shiny black]] [[FiftiesHair pompadours]] while riding on their [[CoolBike custom made bikes]].

Everyone in [[TheSixties 1968]] will be wearing [[NewAgeRetroHippie tie-dye shirts]], [[TheStoner smoking pot]] and going to see the [[Music/TheRollingStones Stones]] or Music/TheDoors while protesting UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. For the uptights, every man would wear a colourful vintage three-piece suit to contrast Music/TheBeatles style moptop and every woman would have a [[BeehiveHairdo giant bouffant]] to go with her space-agey [[DangerouslyShortSkirt miniskirt]] minidress]] and go-go boots as they ride on a Vespa scooter.scooter while waving her burning bra.
1st Jul '16 3:09:39 AM gewunomox
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Everyone in [[TheSixties 1968]] will be wearing [[NewAgeRetroHippie tie-dye shirts]], [[TheStoner smoking pot]] and going to see the [[Music/TheRollingStones Stones]] or Music/TheDoors while protesting TheVietnamWar. For the uptights, every man would wear a colourful vintage three-piece suit to contrast the [[TheBeatles Beatles]] style moptop and every woman would have a [[BeehiveHairdo giant bouffant]] to go with her space-agey [[DangerouslyShortSkirt miniskirt]] and go-go boots as they ride on a Vespa scooter.

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Everyone in [[TheSixties 1968]] will be wearing [[NewAgeRetroHippie tie-dye shirts]], [[TheStoner smoking pot]] and going to see the [[Music/TheRollingStones Stones]] or Music/TheDoors while protesting TheVietnamWar. UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. For the uptights, every man would wear a colourful vintage three-piece suit to contrast the [[TheBeatles Beatles]] Music/TheBeatles style moptop and every woman would have a [[BeehiveHairdo giant bouffant]] to go with her space-agey [[DangerouslyShortSkirt miniskirt]] and go-go boots as they ride on a Vespa scooter.
21st May '16 8:59:54 AM erforce
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* ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'' and ''AshesToAshes'' are good examples of this. ''Ashes To Ashes'' mixes very early eighties fashions (Ray's ''Series/TheProfessionals'' look) with yuppies wearing mid-to-late Eighties ''MiamiVice'' gear. Both series also play with this trope, as it's revealed that [[spoiler: the periods we see are largely influenced by the main characters' ideas of what things looked like then.]]
* The SitCom ''Do Over'' took place in 1980, but had certain elements as far as 1985. Furthermore a character in the first episode said it was the year 1981, which just made the confusion even worse. This was subverted and lampshaded in an episode where the main character (a man reliving his high school years) dresses up as a [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} ghostbuster]] for [[HalloweenEpisode Halloween]]. It isn't until he shows it to his dumbfounded friends that he remembers that the movie won't come out for another four years.

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* ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'' and ''AshesToAshes'' ''Series/AshesToAshes'' are good examples of this. ''Ashes To Ashes'' mixes very early eighties fashions (Ray's ''Series/TheProfessionals'' look) with yuppies wearing mid-to-late Eighties ''MiamiVice'' gear. Both series also play with this trope, as it's revealed that [[spoiler: the periods we see are largely influenced by the main characters' ideas of what things looked like then.]]
* The SitCom ''Do Over'' took place in 1980, but had certain elements as far as 1985. Furthermore a character in the first episode said it was the year 1981, which just made the confusion even worse. This was subverted and lampshaded in an episode where the main character (a man reliving his high school years) dresses up as a [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} ghostbuster]] for [[HalloweenEpisode Halloween]]. It isn't until he shows it to his dumbfounded friends that he remembers that the movie won't come out for another four years.



** If you lived in Canada in the early to mid 90s and remember Alanis Morrissette's "Too Hot" and then re-invention as an angry grunge singer, it's even funnier.

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** If you lived in Canada in the early to mid 90s and remember Alanis Morrissette's Music/AlanisMorrissette's "Too Hot" and then re-invention as an angry grunge singer, it's even funnier.
7th Feb '16 11:55:09 AM Morgenthaler
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For a good depiction of a time period, one should look at the TV shows, books, plays and movies that were made ''during'' that period. ''Film/PrettyInPink'', ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', and ''PunkyBrewster'' for the 80s; ''LoveStory'', ''BarneyMiller'', and ''AllInTheFamily'' in the 70s; and ''Series/TheFugitive'', ''Series/MissionImpossible'', and ''TheDickVanDykeShow'' in the 60s. However, beware of a show that tried to be TotallyRadical.

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For a good depiction of a time period, one should look at the TV shows, books, plays and movies that were made ''during'' that period. ''Film/PrettyInPink'', ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', and ''PunkyBrewster'' ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' for the 80s; ''LoveStory'', ''BarneyMiller'', ''Film/LoveStory'', ''Series/BarneyMiller'', and ''AllInTheFamily'' ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' in the 70s; and ''Series/TheFugitive'', ''Series/MissionImpossible'', and ''TheDickVanDykeShow'' ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' in the 60s. However, beware of a show that tried to be TotallyRadical.
5th Feb '16 9:44:55 PM jormis29
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* Mostly averted in ''Series/That70sShow'', where it's a pretty well done sitcom that happens to take place in the 70's. The barely-related spin-off, ''That '80s Show'', face-planted into this trope by pointing out the fact that it was in TheEighties so blatantly that the ''commercials'' were almost unwatchable, nevermind the show itself.

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* Mostly averted in ''Series/That70sShow'', where it's a pretty well done sitcom that happens to take place in the 70's. The barely-related spin-off, ''That '80s Show'', ''Series/That80sShow'', face-planted into this trope by pointing out the fact that it was in TheEighties so blatantly that the ''commercials'' were almost unwatchable, nevermind the show itself.
5th Jan '16 9:01:25 AM Angus_Old
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Popular History is when a show or movie set in a previous decade focuses on certain elements of the era's pop culture to an implausible degree, often mixing and matching things from different points in the decade and acting as if they existed at the same time (for example, in ''Movie/TheWeddingSinger'', which has elements from across the 1980s, despite being set in 1985).

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Popular History is when a show or movie set in a previous decade focuses on certain elements of the era's pop culture to an implausible degree, often mixing and matching things from different points in the decade and acting as if they existed at the same time (for example, in ''Movie/TheWeddingSinger'', ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'', which has elements from across the 1980s, despite being set in 1985).
26th Nov '15 8:53:20 PM nombretomado
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** It gets even more ridiculous when you realize that the woman, who is about in her late twenties in the present day (1994), wouldn't even have reached puberty yet when ''SaturdayNightFever'' was in theaters, but in the flashback is as...er..."buoyant" as ever.

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** It gets even more ridiculous when you realize that the woman, who is about in her late twenties in the present day (1994), wouldn't even have reached puberty yet when ''SaturdayNightFever'' ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' was in theaters, but in the flashback is as...er..."buoyant" as ever.
10th Nov '15 5:40:59 PM nombretomado
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->''"The temptation is to have the characters keep reminding the audience what year it is. But characters in historical fiction don't know they're living in the past. They think they're living in the present. And they can't see into the future. So they shouldn't talk as if they're cribbing from history books about their own time. Dialog shouldn't contain many temporal signifiers. Which is to say you don't want to have characters who happen to be living in [[TheSeventies the 1970s]] saying things like: 'Did you watch the Watergate hearings today? Can you believe [[RichardNixon Nixon]] taped all those conversations!' Or: 'I bought the new [[Music/LedZeppelin Zeppelin]] album today. Man, that Jimmy Page is a genius!' Or: 'They're called Earth Shoes. They're supposed to be much better for your feet than regular shoes.' "''

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->''"The temptation is to have the characters keep reminding the audience what year it is. But characters in historical fiction don't know they're living in the past. They think they're living in the present. And they can't see into the future. So they shouldn't talk as if they're cribbing from history books about their own time. Dialog shouldn't contain many temporal signifiers. Which is to say you don't want to have characters who happen to be living in [[TheSeventies the 1970s]] saying things like: 'Did you watch the Watergate hearings today? Can you believe [[RichardNixon [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] taped all those conversations!' Or: 'I bought the new [[Music/LedZeppelin Zeppelin]] album today. Man, that Jimmy Page is a genius!' Or: 'They're called Earth Shoes. They're supposed to be much better for your feet than regular shoes.' "''
21st Sep '15 4:58:51 PM PaulA441980
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Popular History is when a show or movie set in a previous decade focuses on certain elements of the era's pop culture to an implausible degree, often mixing and matching things from different points in the decade and acting as if they existed at the same time.

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Popular History is when a show or movie set in a previous decade focuses on certain elements of the era's pop culture to an implausible degree, often mixing and matching things from different points in the decade and acting as if they existed at the same time.
time (for example, in ''Movie/TheWeddingSinger'', which has elements from across the 1980s, despite being set in 1985).
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