Wednesday, April 22, 2009
the adventures of buckaroo banzai
does every family have a personal cult film, a movie that each person pretty much knows by heart (and can recite, annoyingly, line by line)? for my family, that film was buckaroo banzai, which came out in 1984. we owned it on vhs and watched it dozens of times and subjected our friends to it and quoted from it in unison. here's how much i loved it at the age of 16 or 17: you know those rocks, way up above the road, that in most towns high school kids will paint with sports-related or school-spirit-type messages, such as "JJ LAX '85" or whatever? i shanghaied my high school friends into climbing up there with me so we could paint "BUCKAROO BANZAI." i was so proud of myself.
m, boo, and i are visiting my mom and dad in cambridge for a couple of days, and last night we realized that boo had really never experienced buckaroo banzai (officially he'd seen it, but i think he was about two), so we all watched it. it's just as bizarre and wonderful as ever, twenty-five years later!
"hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. hey. don't be mean. we don't have to be mean. because, remember, no matter where you go,...there you are."