Ready Player One References

10 Pop Culture References from Ready Player One That You May Have Missed (SPOILERS)

7. Saturday Night Fever Dance Sequence

7. Saturday Night Fever Dance Sequence

Some younger viewers of Ready Player One could be forgiven for not picking up on every single pop culture reference in the movie. One has to wonder whether your average gaming teenager has seen Saturday Night Fever. Nevertheless, RPO makes an extended homage to the John Travolta-starring disco classic from 1978.

When Art3mis and Parzival start dancing in The Distracted Globe, the “floor” lights up (even though it’s zero-gravity) with squares and the Bee Gees take over the soundtrack. It’s a direct reference to the iconic dance sequence from Saturday Night Fever. Perhaps Spielberg hopes this film will convince a few nerds to get out of the house and hit the dance floor.

6. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

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In our last reference to the virtual nightclub scene, we think that viewers can probably use an explanation for Parzival’s decision to dress up as Buckaroo Banzai. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is a cult classic, to be sure, but it might not be the most well-known film to be references in Ready Player One.

Like many cult films, Buckaroo Banzai flopped when it came out in 1984, but its odd mix of comedy, science fiction and adventure has proven popular for movie buffs in the decades since. The original film features the titular Bonzai (Peter Weller) as a jack-of-all-trades cool guy (a scientist, a pilot and he plays the guitar) who saves the world from aliens that come from the aforementioned 8th dimension. Check it out if you’re in the mood for a movie that’s chock-full of good vibes.[/nextpage]

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