Saturday, February 17, 2007

Hotties on Film

If you haven't guessed from the previous posts, our topic of the week is boys. So, I present to you some suggestions for weekend rentals which include (in no particular order) five great guys on film:

Ethan Embrey in Can't Hardly Wait. If you haven't seen this one, go rent it. Ethan's character, the day before leaving for college, writes Jennifer Love Hewitt, the most popular girl in school, a love letter and then struggles with how to give it to her. Really great supporting cast including Seth Green and Lauren Ambrose. Very sweet movie.

Matt Schoeffling in Sixteen Candles. This one is so sweet. In fact, this may be the reason I write teen romantic fiction. I always hope that my books have the same flavor as a John Hughes movie. You probably know the story. Matt is Jake, the popular boy, who likes Samantha, the awkward redhead who's in the middle of a family weekend from hell, including her forgotten birthday. Really funny, great soundtrack, great actors and who doesn't melt when Jake meets Sam at the church?

Derek Luke in Pieces of April with Katie Holmes. This is a charming movie and Katie (in her pre-TomKat days) rocks. If you've ever wanted to make things better for your family even with your meager ability to do so -- this is your story. Derek plays Bobby, the sweet boyfriend of rad punk girl April. All he wants to do is make her Thanksgiving (which she's cooking for her family) turn out all right. April has her own problems, most of them with her oven and her relationship with her folks. You will love this movie.... and Derek.

John Cusack in Say Anything. Absolutely a wonderful movie about loving someone despite what those around you think about them. It is possibly one of the greatest teen romance movies of all times. I don't even think I can write much more about this one. "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel, played from Cusack's boom box to serenade his girlfriend? Come on. It doesn't get any more touching than that.

Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You. It's Heath. That right there means you're going to love it and it's the re-telling of Shakepeare's "Taming of The Shrew" so it's almost nutritious for your brain. And it's got Heath. Yeah, I know I already said that, but come on... *sigh*

Anyway, Heath is kind of a sleazeball who takes on the job of wooing Julia Styles so a guy can date her younger sister. Julia's character rocks. Heath is tough but sweet. And all ends well. Great movie.

So, I know there are tons of worthy guys that didn't make my list...

Who are your top five hotties in teen films?
Heather Davis is the author of
Never Cry Werewolf
Coming in 2008 from HarperCollins


Simone Elkeles said...

My favorite movie of all time is Sixteen Candles. Everyone should see it, it's a classic! Whatever happened to Michael Shoeffling, the guy who played Jake. I saw him in that wrestling movie with Matthew Modine, but that's the last I've seen of him.

~Simone Elkeles

TinaFerraro said...

Has anyone seen SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS with Warren Beatty? It was filmed in the '60s and took place in the '20s, and it might even be B&W, but I remember flipping for it--and Warren--when I found it on TV as a teenager. Although clearly it was dated, there were elements that really spoke to me.

Jumping ahead, I loved MYSTIC PIZZA in the late '80's, although I remember that new kid, Julia Roberts, stealing the show from the guys...


stephhale said...

Oh, I heart John Cusack so much! I never did get into the guy from 16 Candles, although I love the movie. And Heather, I know you love Heath, but he's another one I just can't get into to. I love all those movies. I haven't seen that one Tina is talking about though, but Warren will always be hot! I loved he and Annette's remake of An Affair to Remember.

Dona Sarkar-Mishra said...

Ok, I have never seen 16 Candles...feel free to start throwing stones now, ladies!

I however HAVE seen Splendor in the Grass with Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty...I love movies from the 40s and beyond and this one was excellent.

As for Heath, he never did it for me, until I saw him in TEN THINGS...I really was totally into him after that. I can't believe how young he was he's a dad and almost-husband!

Some guys I love from films are Paul from Breakfast at Tiffany's and Cary Grant's character from CHARADE...


Marley Gibson said...

These are allllll awesome! SIXTEEN CANDLES will stand the test of time with any teen audience, I think. John Cusak in...anything. I loved THE SURE THING. The other night on the bus back from New York, they showed A KNIGHT'S TALE and I had forgotten how adorable Heath Ledger was!

Marley = )

Tera Lynn Childs said...

Great movie picks!!! Ditto everyone who said SIXTEEN CANDLES is eternal. I must admit, in strictest confidence, that Say Anything never really did it for me. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU... one of my top Teen Movies, definitely. Also, any cheesy 80s movie starring anyone from the Brat Pack rocks my world (Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, About Last Night).

(kind of offended that you called Heath's character in 10 THINGS "sleazy")