Poor girl (Molly Ringwald) crushes on rich boy (Andrew McCarthy). Poor girl’s best friend (Jon Cryer) crushes on poor girl and goes on to deliver one of the greatest lip-synching performances ever to appear on film (except for, well, the one on the previous page). Frantic, passionate, completely dorky and totally lovable, Duckie’s mouthing of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness” inspired a legion of overlooked male “just friends” to express their feelings through pre-karaoke-era paroxysms of song. Most failed. But Hughes reminded us that victory lay in the attempt.
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — Twist and Shout
- Pretty in Pink — “Try a Little Tenderness”
- The Breakfast Club — Let’s Dance, Awkwardly
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles — Those Aren’t Pillows!
- Sixteen Candles — Long Duk Dong
- National Lampoon’s Vacation — You’re All F_____ in the Head
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — Bueller? Bueller?
- Home Alone — Aaaahhh!
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — Clark’s Bonus
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — “He Just Rubs It with a Diaper”