- The Washington Times - Friday, April 27, 2007

In “Kickin’ It Old Skool,” opening today, Jamie Kennedy’s character break dances himself into a 20-year coma in the ‘80s. On Tuesday and Wednesday at AMC and Regal theaters, Baby and Johnny (also known as Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze) return to the big screen from that same garish era for 20th anniversary screenings of “Dirty Dancing.” Who knows? People may even show up to these movies wearing the jelly shoes, skinny jeans and neon-hued accessories we’ve spotted at the malls lately. All things ‘80s are obviously making the rounds again — and while we’re happy to see some trends rebounding, others should stay relegated to photo albums and EBay boards.

Just Say No: Leg warmers. Very flattering — if you’re a wispy ballerina.

All right, All right: Winter weather. Will post-global-warming children ever know the true glory of the words “snow day”?

Just Say No: Current pop stars masquerading as their favorite ‘80s icons — like J. Lo in her “Flashdance”-reprising “I’m Glad” video.

All right, All right: Stars from the ‘80s going back to basics. Jennifer Grey, we miss your nose.

Just Say No: Big, hairsprayed bangs. Enough said.

All right, All right: Straight bangs. Brazen Brit Lily Allen knows when it comes to ‘80s style revivals, less is more.

Just Say No: The expression “Psych!” (See also: “Not!”) It’s only permissible in the following context: “I love the new ‘Miami Vice’ remake. Psych!”

All right, All right: Less meaningless talk about haters and hook-ups on MTV. Remember when the “M” stood for something?

Just Say No: Video games that threaten to usurp our social outlets, from the concert hall (“Guitar Hero”) to the bowling alley (Wii’s 10-pin game).

All right, All right: Quality children’s programming like “Sesame Street.” Where else could you celebrate learning how to count by singing along with Stevie Wonder?

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