Video: Getting Ready to Go Back to Class With the Best High School Boyfriends Ever in Movies
By Scott Harris Posted Aug 9th 2010 12:43PM
Can you believe it's just a month away from that time of year again, time to put away your fun shoes and put on your sensible sneakers, grab your backpack and slog off to another long semester of high school. Yes, instead of worrying about beaches, summer jobs and sleeping late, it's almost time to start thinking about things like quadrangles, hemoglobin and hazing. But above all, once high school resumes, it will be time to start thinking about boys.
Or, you know, girls. But whether you want a boyfriend or want to be a boyfriend (or both!), chances are that one way or another you're probably going to spend some time thinking about the art of being a high school boyfriend. Because, make no mistake, there is an art to it, and judging by the long line or famous Hollywood boyfriends, being able to impose your own personal style on a dance number or soulful pop tune is a key. It's a tricky thing.
But don't sweat it, guys and girls, because we're here to help ease your transition back into the life of a high school student by presenting to you our choices for some of the best boyfriends in the history of high school films. But please, whatever you do, don't take any notes: after all, you'll be doing plenty of that soon enough.
Jake Ryan in 'Sixteen Candles' The gold standard by which all other fictional boyfriends are judged, Jake Ryan (played to perfection by sensitive hunk Michael Schoeffling) has it all: chiseled good looks, a rad sports car and, above all, a poet's heart. Here's the famous ending to 'Sixteen Candles' that still has the power to turn even the most jaded soul into a born-again romantic:
Lloyd Dobler in 'Say Anything' Meeting your significant other's parents is never an easy task, but the besotted Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack, of course) digs himself a hole in this infamous sequence where he breaks the number one rule: don't tell her dad you want to be a professional kickboxer. Bonus points, however, for earnestness.
Edward Cullen in 'Twilight' There's only one thing tougher for a teen these days than making it through high school: trying to make it through high school when you're a sparlking vampire heartthrob. Luckily for Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson, as if we needed to tell you that), he has a way with words... and teeth... and lips... that wins over his dream girl, Bella (you know who, seriously). That's sure to make the whole high school thing a little easier to tolerate.
Duckie in 'Pretty in Pink' It's still one of the most controversial decisions in film history: should Andie (Molly Ringwald) really have picked uptown yuppie Blane (Andrew McCarthy) over her obvious true soul mate, Duckie (Jon Cryer)? Clearly, we don't think so, and we defy anyone who watches this clip to vote against Duckie either. He may not have gotten the girl, but he seriously should have.
Patrick Verona in '10 Things I Hate About You' Heath Ledger had obviously studied the Book of Duckie when he was prepping for his role as Patrick Verona in '10 Things I Hate About You.' But in this clip, Patrick manages to even outdo the master, as he takes his rendition of Frankie Valli's classic "Can't Takes My Eyes Off of You" to new heights in front of basically the whole school.
Ronald Miller in 'Can't Buy Me Love' Andrew McCartney may have played the wrong guy in the Duckie vs. Blane matchup, but in 'Can't Buy Me Love' he found a high school boyfriend we could all cheer for. And once again, it's a musical number that sealed our love for Ronald Miller, but this time with a twist -- or rather, with an African Anteater Ritual:
Randy in 'Valley Girl' Nic Cage may be best known now for inhabiting "old man shoes" in movies like 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice,' but believe it or not, he was once a high school boyfriend too. His unfailing persistence as Randy, the guy from the wrong side of the tracks, might veer into stalking by today's standards, but considering the dweeboids he was competing against for Julie (Deborah Foreman) we'll forgive him his slight overzealousness.
Ferris Bueller in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' And what better way to end our list than with probably the most famous high school student in Hollywood history, Ferris Bueller (elevated to legendary status by Matthew Broderick). In this memorable montage, Bueller, his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) learn the value of art, which in true romantic style ends the only way it ever could end: with an instantly classic kiss.
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