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