The Legend of Billie Jean

by jennine on November 19, 2009

At the time of release, The Legend of Billie Jean, bombed. Even for 1985, the plot is outrageous, campy acting, and maybe at the time it sucked, but today makes for a fantastic cheesy movie night. In retrospect, the movie starred notable actors, Christian Slater as a young boy… an little girl with braids, who Rocky and I kept saying “Shut up! Her voice is so annoying!” well, she turned out to be Yeardley Smith a.k.a. Lisa Simpson, Dean Stockwell, and a gorgeous Helen Slater (not related to Christian). But even with a few names, the film fell into obscurity.

Billie Jean goes on a crusade to fix her brother’s moped which was trashed by bullies. Yes, a moped, a Honda Elite. And through a series of mishaps, they end up running from the law. I don’t want to give too much away, but the film was entertaining, and funny if you like yelling at the tv (and I do!) but it was also worth watching for the 80′s fashion. I loved the denim vests, the relaxed layers, high waisted baggy jeans, sack waisted trousers, giant belts…hats, and flyaway locks. It was certainly like, wow, they really did dress that way back then. I don’t know, my memory was a bit foggy back then, because I was thinking more about my little pony and candy than fashion trends. Heck, I still think more about candy than fashion trends.

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Midtown Girl November 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm

The hair was soo part of this iconic era - super fried & hair sprayed!

ps - I love my little pony and apparently it is making a huge comeback - and have you seen the Lady Gaga pony? Yup there’s one for her too ;-) Loves!

.-= Midtown Girl´s last blog ..Totally Random…Got Manhattan Milk? =-.

jennine November 19, 2009 at 6:29 pm

oh my goodness! the lady gaga pony is adorable! i love the crystals!

Sheena November 19, 2009 at 1:03 pm

That movie was awesome! Awesome in that it was so bad that it was actually pretty good. I remember watching the movie with my cousins at my grandmother’s house. Maybe I need to watch it again so that I can be more aware of the fashions at the time because watching it back then, it was still the 80′s, so still too familiar!
.-= Sheena´s last blog ..Inspiring Friends =-.

jennine November 19, 2009 at 6:30 pm

it’s funny how there is a small amount of satisfaction in finding a ‘so bad it’s good’ movies!

Sher November 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I never saw this movie. I feel left out :( Enjoy your movie night!
.-= Sher´s last blog ..No Jimmy Choo’s for Me =-.

jennine November 19, 2009 at 6:30 pm

you can always see it!

hanako66 November 19, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I somehow missed this one…but it’s going on my netflix queue now!
.-= hanako66´s last blog ..with bells on =-.

sunshine November 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm

i saw this movie when i was 12 and cut all my hair off

jennine November 19, 2009 at 6:31 pm

i’m 34 and i almost cut my hair off!

eyeliah November 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm

It’s so visually appealing, the main reason I watch many movies - lol.
.-= eyeliah´s last blog ..Americas Next Top Model Season 13 Episode 12 =-.

jennine November 19, 2009 at 6:31 pm

exactly! is there any other way?

kyla November 19, 2009 at 6:02 pm

I love this movie and haven’t seen it for YEARS! Must go rent it now!

Ian November 20, 2009 at 8:42 am

Wow this movie looks great :) Going to have to try and track down a copy

For more campy 80′s fun try tracking down a copy of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” featuring a young Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt. Trailer:

for those of you in the UK you can get it in Sainsburys for £1!!!!

ambika November 20, 2009 at 11:17 am

Oh, this brings back memories! I loved this movie as a kid.
.-= ambika´s last blog ..Saniyah…Bracelet =-.

Emily November 20, 2009 at 7:23 pm


This movie made me fall in love with Christian Slater. I haven’t thought about it in so long. My heart broke when she cut her hair.

Nomi November 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Another movie that’s great for ’80s fashion and “whoa, I remember dressing like that!” and Shoutworthy Movie Badness is “Lost Boys” ( ). Nomi

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