Set in Chicago, the 1986 film stars Lowe and Moore as Danny and Debbie, extremely attractive twentysomethings who have a one-night stand that unexpectedly leads to a fiery relationship … and many sex scenes. Coming on the heels of Brat Pack rom-com St. Elmo’s Fire, the film was perfect for people who thought Billy and Jules should have ended up together.
Based on David Mamet’s popular play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, the film is infused with Mamet’s trademark rapid-fire dialogue and dark view of relationships, with characters spouting barbs such as, “Honey, he hasn’t called you in three days; he’s sleeping with somebody else.” Not exactly Valentine’s Day viewing material, unless you’re planning a single ladies movie night. Check out the trailer in all its ’80s glory:
Rounding out the cast were Jim Belushi and Big star Elizabeth Perkins. Belushi was cast as Lowe’s best friend and the film’s grouch-in-residence, who got to tell Lowe things like, “You know what your problem is? Your face. Come on, you’re too good-looking. Girls go out with you and get nervous.” (Still true, by the way.) Moore’s on-camera BFF was Perkins, making her film debut as a sharp-tongued wing-woman with a serious perm and unforgettable lines like, “You are a schizophrenic, psychopathic, maladjusted social misfit who is clearly in the middle of a very deep homosexual panic.”
Flash-forward almost three decades and the film has been remade – starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, and Joy Bryant. In the remake, which hits theaters Friday, the four leads manage to make the material very much their own, giving a whole new generation a rom-com to love.
Unfortunately, one thing the remake won’t have is the incredible 1980s soundtrack of the original. With contributions from John Oates (minus Hall), Sheena Easton, Bob Seger, Jermaine Jackson and John Waite (who also contributed the theme to St. Elmo’s Fire), the music was a force to be reckoned with – until the cassette got eaten. It was the ’80s after all.
Check out the trailer for the remake:
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