I'm shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you. I was talking to the student workers at my office (average age: 20) and was quite dismayed to find out how little they knew about iconic movies in pop culture.
I made a reference to the truffle shuffle and got some blank looks. Okay, maybe not totally unexpected. While a favorite of mine, The Goonies is definitely a product of its time and not as eternally relevant as, say, The Breakfast Club.
I tried a Heathers reference. No luck. A little Dazed and Confused. Not even a glimmer of recognition.
Finally I said, "Use the Force, Luke." They knew that was from Star Wars but had never actually seen it.
My sibling tried to warn me but I just couldn't believe him. How can a whole generation of kids be growing up without the wisdom of John Hughes or the magic of George Lucas or Steven Spielberg? (they even flunked the ET "be good" reference.)
Have you tried to reference a movie only to fall flat? Which movie?