So I get home this morning after taking a 7:55 a.m. flight from Tampa to K.C. and I decide that despite having woken up at about 3:30 a.m. central time to get the family packed and on the plane that my son Gabe and I should go see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Gabe has been talking about the mutant ninja turtles for the past few weeks. The funny thing is that Gabe thinks he's discovered them, unaware that they existed on the movie screen 17 years ago in the form of live action.
And as I watched this new version of TMNT, and watched the turtle brothers fly across the screen and take on the baddies and eat lots of pizza, I couldn't help but miss the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the voice of Corey Feldman belting out with a slight valley twang "cowabunga dude!" And you can't really long for one Corey without longing for the other. So there I was, in the darkness of the movie theater, watching the cartoon version of TMNT and thinking two things: 1) The distributor messed up and delivered a straight-to-DVD movie to the theaters by accident, and 2) Man, I missed the good old days of The Coreys.
The two both had their career beginnings away from each other but it wasn't until The Lost Boys that the two halves became whole. After that it was impossible to see one without the other on screen and off. Suddenly, past efforts withered away and the two became known not for Lucas or Stand By Me, but for License To Drive and Dream A Little Dream. As word of their drug and alcohol abuse became more prominent, their career began to crumble with movies like the straight to video release of Blown Away and Last Resort. The Coreys were there, but the magic had gone. They're still hoping there is some spark left as they are to star together in a reality show called The Coreys.
Seriously, is there anything more interestingly bizarre than The Coreys? Two heart-throbs on screen and off. They represented all that was good and bad of the 1980s. All the fun and excess wrapped up in blond highlights and Ray-Bans. Today, we have our Lindsay Lohan's and our Britney Spears and they think that they are carving new territory in the realm of teenage heartthrobs gone bad, but they're nothing more than mere posers. For they are only one beneath the heavy shadow of the The Coreys.