Like few other eras in movie history, the 80's teen movies has endured and gotten better with time. In Brat Pack America, Kevin Smokler gives virtual tours of the legendary movies from that time and why the places they happened are a tribute to their permanence.
Brat Pack America is a must for any fan of The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty in Pink, and Dead Poets Society. His exploration of highways and main streets of "Brat Pack America" remind us why we love the teen movies of the 1980's so much and, three decades later, still do.
Kevin Smokler is the author of the essay collection Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread Books you Haven't Touched SInce High School. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, Buzzfeed, Vulture, The San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, and on NPR.
From the fictional towns of Hill Valley, CA, and Shermer, IL, to the beautiful landscapes of the "Goondocks" in Astoria and the "time of your life" dirty dancing resort still alive and well in Lake Lure, NC, '80s teen movies left their mark not just on movie screen and in the hearts of fans, but on the landscape of America itself.