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Every so often, I visit my best friend and bring over a few DVDs to watch between laughter-filled girl talk. Some of our favorite picks in past movie nights have included a mix of ‘80s / ‘90s flicks (“Cry-Baby,” “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club”) and new ones, such as “Bad Moms.” This past weekend I brought over “Why Him,” which we missed during its recent run in theaters. We could relate to the comedy’s dad character, Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston), disapproving of his daughter Stephanie’s (Zoey Deutch) love interest. Both of us have either had crushes on or dated someone our dads absolutely did not like one bit.

Right away, Laird Mayhew (James Franco) had us in hysterics over his wild and free-spirited personality. How would this clash between two opposites play out and what would happen along the way? Ned is the odd man out as the mom, Barb (Megan Mullaly) and brother, Scotty (Griffin Gluck) see more of Laird’s cool side. The party scene hinted at the dad having a not-so-rigid past in his own younger days. Unfortunately, we didn’t get too far into the movie before skip…skip…skip went the disc in my best friend’s portable DVD player. Stopping the movie and ejecting it, I noticed a two-inch scratch on the disc. Having never played this particular DVD before, as well as handling it properly, we were disappointed to miss the rest of the comedy for the time being. Cedric the Entertainer, Keegan-Michael Key and the voice of Kaley Cuoco add more laughs to this father-vs-boyfriend tale. By the next time I’m visiting my best friend, I’ll have a new DVD of “Why Him” for us to watch.

I had a few of our favorites to choose from in continuing our movie night and it came down to “Cry-Baby” or “The Breakfast Club.” We can’t resist the bad-boy characters to swoon over in either one. John Hughes’ detention-bound teens from drastically different backgrounds won out in the end. Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez and Anthony Michael Hall made for the most memorable teen characters who clashed yet found common ground.

Watching Bender and his antics, it’s like being back in high school and trying to hide my good-girl giggling at my bad-boy crush. The guy who I couldn’t keep my eyes off of didn’t have that “criminal” label and he wasn’t known for having any illegal items on hand. He simply got on the nerves of several teachers, doing things that I couldn’t refrain from laughing at in class. To top it off, he was so gorgeous and had such a devilish expression playing on his face. Hey, didn’t many girls see that in Bender? Just as in the movie, when mean Principal Vernon (Paul Gleason) lectures the other four students about thinking the “criminal” is humorous, I had a similar experience. After laughing at my crush and his antics, one teacher called me out on how it was obvious that I had a huge crush and warned me that I’d get hurt. This happened right in front of him! Another teacher had me move to another seat, away from where I sat next to my crush as something else he did set off more lovestruck-induced giggles. In a new seat, he wasn’t even in my line of vision to further distract me. I didn’t have a Bender-and-Claire ending with my bad-boy crush, being too shy to get that close. Yet his wild demeanor and intense good looks drew me in and set my heart racing. That’s what I saw in Claire when it came to Bender in certain scenes.

“The Breakfast Club” came along before my time in high school. It doesn’t matter, though, what generation a viewer of this classic belongs to in life. Of course, that’s due to the overall struggles and drama of teen years. The ideas of acceptance, acting the way your friends act, family-initiated pressure and much more keep Hughes’ work relevant. For my best friend and I, we definitely love the bad-boy element and a totally opposite type of girl falling for him. We both also love Hughes’ “Sixteen Candles,” especially in the way that Samantha (Ringwald) can’t bring herself to talk to her heartthrob, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling). If only we could all have the ending which those two shared. Another relatable element in that teen flick was how the geeky kid, known as Farmer Ted (Hall) would pester Samantha, while her heart was set on someone else. There were one or two guys at my high school who just didn’t seem able to take a girl’s hint of not being interested.

Even though we didn’t get around to watching “Cry-Baby” this time, my best friend and I relate to it with our crushes and how we felt. This is especially in the way that good-girl Allison gazes dreamily over at rebellious Cry-Baby. She longs to be closer to him and to rid herself of the contrasting square image in which she was raised.

All of these movies, at one point or another, bring about more girl talk of memorable high school days. We loved those times, even though neither of us dated our crushes. Of course, it’s just as Samantha’s dad in “Sixteen Candles” says to her about those feelings.

High Sch Mem

My high school friends and I are planning to have a reunion soon. We had one several years back and since then, more have shown up online. Recently, some Facebook “On This Day” posts included a note I shared about movies that remind me of our times in classes or various activities together. So, I thought I’d blog about some of these and why they bring back a few memories. Their stories aren’t all in a school setting and in some cases, take me back to general moments from when I was 16 – 18 years old, not just those that took place during the school hours.

“The Breakfast Club”

For one of my friends, this was an all-time favorite. It reminded me of high school because of that theme of teens with different backgrounds also finding a common bond. Then, there is bad
boy, John Bender (Judd Nelson). Rich girl Claire (Molly Ringwald) goes from repulsed by him to feeling an attraction to him. Back in my own teen years, I had a crush on someone who I think a lot of others saw as having a bad boy rep. As a result of laughing at his antics in class, I was even lectured about having a huge crush on him. That didn’t work; it only made him seem more mysterious to me, along with his devilish grin already creating that image.

“Sixteen Candles”

A story with an annoying character who likes a girl, yet she is head over heals for the popular one, who has a girlfriend. I can certainly relate to Molly Ringwald’s character, Samantha, in this John Hughes flick as well…too shy to talk to that certain guy. Meanwhile, there was always that other one who just wouldn’t quit; always in the face of one girl or another. Like Samantha and her friends, we were always irked by those types. Yet unlike Samantha, I didn’t end up dating the guy who was my idea of Jake Ryan.

“Dirty Dancing”

My best friend and I both loved Patrick Swayze (R.I.P.) as the rebellious, yet good-hearted and rather misunderstood Johnny Castle. This movie was out before we knew each other, but Swayze was our first mutual favorite actor. So, he was among early reasons why the two of us bonded and became best friends.

“City Slickers”

A small group of us went on a camping trip outside of Harrisburg and in the recreation center, we watched this comedy over spaghetti dinner. Although we didn’t rough it like Billy Crystal and his city friends out west, many activities were set up, encouraging us to dare ourselves in taking them on. We lined up for a trust fall from atop a boulder, took on a huge rope system and rock-climbing and more.

“The Sandlot”

One day, several teachers decided to show this comedy to a large group of students in the cafeteria. At first, some may have thought it was more for a younger audience. Instead, as
the adventure began, trying to get a prized baseball back from a feared dog, it had everyone laughing. I still like it because it didn’t need for a viewer to be into sports. Another reason is
that the scary tale being told at the boys’ sleepover was relatable to another high school camping trip, when it was time for sharing frights. As we were sitting around the fire, one classmate made me jump by sneaking up behind me and growling like a bear!

There are so many more that I could list as movies that take me back to some absolutely memorable years. I’ll have to write follow-up posts here and there about others as well.

What movies remind you of your own high school years or teen life in general?