The film Lucas, starring Corey Haim (and Charlie Sheen!) released in 1986 is a good example, I think, of the good-hearted, straightfoward, irony-free young-adult movies of the 1980s. The Karate Kid is another great example. These movies have none of the self-conscious hipsterism of anything I can think of today. It’s like they are relics, artifacts from a lost civilization. They might as well be hairoglyphics on papyrus, they are so far removed from the kind of movies that get made in the current day.
Are films like this dead and gone forever? Or will they make a comeback?