27. "Mighty Wings" was kind of lame
I would definitely pay to see a movie where the real Cheap Trick were kidnapped by Scientologists and replaced by Cheap Trick robots who interact with the cast super awkwardly before recording Top Gun's godawful closing-credits number, "Mighty Wings." During the recording session, Robot Rick Nielsen's circuits would start sparking wildly, and he'd look really nervous because he's afraid Jerry Bruckheimer will figure out what happened, but Bruckheimer just says, "Wow! Now, that's some rock 'n' roll!" and Robot Rick Nielsen and the rest of Robot Cheap Trick are like, "Yeah!" and have the bestest time finishing the song as the real Cheap Trick are flung into outer space inside the two-dimensional square prison from Superman II.
28. The movie has its own official commemorative day
The "Official Top Gun Day" Facebook page has over 21,000 fans -- pretty impressive for a page dedicated to a movie that came out eight years before the launch of GeoCities. According to its website, Top Gun Day is "like Talk Like a Pirate Day, only way cooler," and I have to agree that participatory moves like "Call your friends and tell them, 'I'm going to Top Gun!' and then hang up" are way cooler than saying "matey" and "argh" for 24 hours. Its call-sign generator might be a little off, though; apparently, if I enlisted, I would be Lt. David "Gun Shop" Blend.
29. There's some fantastic scolding
James "Mr. Strickland from Back to the Future" Tolkan and Paul "Don't mess with the bull, young man, you'll get the horns" Gleason from The Breakfast Club could form a two-man Reprimander Hall of Fame. "If you screw up just this much, you'll be flying a cargo plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong!" is such a great line, and Tolkan's delivery is something of a miracle: he couldn't possibly sound more serious, but even at the beginning of the movie, you can tell that he's harboring the most grudging second-chance offer of all time.
30. Love it or hate it, it's as '80s as it gets
The most poignant line from Roger Ebert's review: "Movies like Top Gun are hard to review because the good parts are so good and the bad parts are so relentless." He believed that then, and I believe it now, but maybe there were more good parts than the film's contemporaneous critics allowed for, and not all of them happened in the sky.
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