In Season 1, episode 13 of "This is Us", Kevin asks for a "Princess Bride" theme birthday party. Of course in hindsight, given the cult status the film has now attained and it's immediate recognition as an 80's movie it makes sense for a series about the 80's to include a reference to the movie.

However.....by most accounts, "The Princess Bride" was not a huge box office success in 1987, and did not become the cult hit it has since become until years on home video. If the tv show birthday party takes place in roughly 1989/90 is it unreasonable to think that it is unlikely that there were many Princess Bride parties in the mid 80's?

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    The book was very popular and published in 1973. I had a couple of friends who talked about it incessantly while waiting for the movie to drop 14 years later. Not at all inconceivable that there were Princess Bride themed parties. – dbugger Feb 10 '17 at 3:56
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    i see what you did there ;) – NKCampbell Feb 10 '17 at 4:05
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    I don't know that there were "many" Princess Bride-themed parties in '89 (I certainly was never invited to any), but OTOH, you don't need "many" people doing this in order for one family to do it. – Steve-O Feb 10 '17 at 5:11
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    I could arrange a Princess Bride themed party right now if I wanted to. It's popular enough now, and it was popular enough back in the day for it to happen. It doesn't have to be a blockbuster hit, just popular enough, which it certainly was. – J Doe Feb 10 '17 at 7:27
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    A particular work does not need to be popular for one to request it as the theme for their birthday party - it only needs to be highly valued by the one for whom the party is being thrown. – Iszi Feb 15 '17 at 16:13