If you like to waste time and feel a bit naughty doing it with the help of a film filled with senseless jokes, Bad Manners is a perfect pick. The best part about it is the rocky musical score and frankly that vintage garb that everyone wears.
In a way, the film is a bizarre satire of life in the 80s in the USA – ridiculous, but so funny at times (and often a bit offensive). In a way, the experience of watching it is enjoying the guilty pleasure of enjoying its jokes.
If you are looking for a suitable, more recent, title to compare Bad Manners to – it would be Gene Stupnitsky‘s 2019 American Coming-of-Age film, Good Boys. Though, in all honestly, the scenes in that film don’t quite match the quirkiness of this 1984 flick. After all, scenes in which kids smoke, drink and make remarks about the human anatomy (PARENT ALERT) – are not likely to sneak by today’s morality censorship. It’s still mixing juvenility and vulgarity like in Good Boys but, for some reason, the wild and anarchic action (as there is not that much of a coherent story) is much more fun to watch.
The pace is fast, the thrills are exciting. Watching the film is like a rollercoaster ride. While you may not get much out of it, boy is it wicked fun to watch! It’s about kids with attitude and energy, about disobedience and rebellion – and the slogan printed on the poster does not lie in promising that:
“Those kids will steal your heart …. (your wallet, your tires, your sanity)“