Since Paxton decided to open up his 80s era diary and share his top six mega crushes with the club, I felt an obligation to do the same. So I unlocked my hope chest, rifled through the clippings and found my top six movie crushes from when I was growing up in the 80s. Not only did I like these ladies, I totally like-liked them. When I was a kid I started having crushes around age 3 or so. Not sure if this is early for a boy, but I do know that I had a “girlfriend” by age 4 (Robin – she dumped me by the by), and was madly in love at 5 with a girl, Heather, down the street when we lived in Tampa.
First of all, you’ll notice the absence of girls like Punky Brewster, Drew Barrymore, and Vicki the Small Wonder robot because even as a boy I was into older women (TMI, I know.) Also, I actually compiled this list last year for my other project (Branded in the 80s), and I decided to ditch all of the TV, cartoon, and animatronic mice in lieu of just the wonderful ladies who lit up the silver screen (and my heart.) Now on to the list which I’ll open with an honest set of honorable mentions (i.e. my man-crushes…)
Clayton Rohner, Matt Adler and the ever-dreamy John Cusack
I’m pretty comfortable with my sexuality, enough so to admit that I had crushes on all three of the above mentioned gentlemen, Matt Adler in particular. If you’re unfamiliar with these gentlemen, John Cusack brought to screen the holy trinity of Lloyd Dobler, Lane Meyer, and Hoops McCann, while Matt Adler made a career out of playing that other cute guy in Teen Wolf, White Water Summer, and his main starring turn in North Shore, and finally Clayton Rohner will always be Rick Morehouse in Just One of the Guys to me.
As for the Ladies, lets start with…
#6 – Lea Thompson
Lea Thompson didn’t jump out at me at first, but as I was looking through my DVDs to compile this list I couldn’t help but notice that she starred in a number of my favorite films. The more I thought about it the more I realized that I had most certainly had a crush on her growing up. She was my favorite junior-naut in SpaceCamp, was one of the only ones to make it out of Red Dawn alive, and was quite the flirtatious bad-girl in Back to the Future. Did I mention she was the awesome lead of the Cherry Bombs in Howard the Duck? If I can love a mouse and she can love a duck, well, there has to be something there…
#5 – Diane “Monique” Franklin
I’m mainly familiar with Franklin from her turn as Monique in Better Off Dead. Cute as a button and a tomboy to boot. She can throw a lemon like no other, and you have to give her props for lasting as long as she did under the same roof as Rickey…
#4 – Joyce “Terry Griffith” Hyser
Again, my familiarity with Hyser is mainly from the seminal teen gender-bending romance flick Just One of The Guys. I’m not sure this was intentional on the part of the filmmakers or not, but I found Joyce Hyser way more attractive as Terrance then Terry. I guess I dug the short hair and bravado, but she was my deam-girl for a couple years in middle school. The final confrontation scene in the flick didn’t hurt either…
#3 – Jane Badler and Faye Grant
(I’m totally cheating by doubling up these two I know…)
Jane Balder’s Diana ate a guinea pig in V. I still had a crush on her. Grant’s Julie Parrish was also a big crush of mine, I’ll admit for her weirdly sexy white get-up in the torture scenes. If I ever speak to a therapist, I’m positive that scene will come into the conversation. I’m also noticing a trend of girls with guns here. Hmmm….
#2 – Susan “Boof” Ursitti
Teen Wolf is a film that I love, but is rife with huge problems, not the least of which is the insanity that Scott would rebuff Boof. Seriously. Who in their right mind would ignore Boof?
#1 – Michelle “Jordan” Meyrink
Hands down, Michelle Meyrink is the ultimate 80s nerd girl (starring in Real Genius and Revenge of the Nerds.) Jordan is someone who would drive me insane, what with the non-sleep and six million projects all running at once, but still, she was awesome in my book. She’s also one of those actresses that I thought should have been in more flick. Thanks to out faithful co-host Jamie for reminding me of the flick Nice Girls Don’t Explode for a starring turn by Meyrink.
Well, that’s the list, what about you guys and gals, any crushes you’re afraid to admit to from back in the day?