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At the end of “Son in Law” (1993) everyone poses for a photo while Pauly Shore shouts, “Say cheesy! That’s pretty much all you need to know. Cheesy. It takes place on a farm in South Dakota, but should have been filmed in Wisconsin. Pauly does his California weirdo schtick while everyone else plays their cliche small town roles, with an assist from the conniving high school d-bag who is in every movie with a teen plot element. But let’s face it, I don’t think anybody was pretending this was “Macbeth.” And cheese is good for you now and then.

“Red Dawn” (1984) is one of several “What if the Russians and us went to war?” movies from the 1980s. This one stars a Brat Pack B list. It’s a guilty pleasure for many red-blooded American men of a certain age. It makes passing reference to how hard it is to fight in Afghanistan (apparently, nobody listened). Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey are together, three years before “Dirty Dancing.” They even have a tender scene right before she blows up a Russkie with a grenade. She also has several scenes with Charlie Sheen, two years before “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”