Ideal boyfriend: Jake Ryan or Lloyd Dobbler?
It's the heavyweight title fight of the decade -- only the decade was 20 years ago. Two characters that evenly divide legions of American females who grew up dreaming that one or the other was their perfect boyfriend. But who really wins out if we force the ladies to choose?
In this corner, from the mighty city of Seattle, Washington, wearing a trench coat and Phish t-shirt .... Lloyd Dobbler! And in this corner, from fictional Shermer, Illinois, wearing a sweater vest and hiking boots ... Jake Ryan!
Let's go to the stats:
Lloyd: Say Anything (1989) features sensitive Lloyd, directed by the soon-to-be famous Cameron Crowe. It would be Cusack's last teen movie.
Jake: Sixteen Candles (1984) offers Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling), who can score any chick in Shermer High. Directed by the ultimate 80s director, John Hughes. Schoeffling had only one big movie left in him after this -- Vision Quest. (Sadly, no one considers his "Kuch" character as the ideal boyfriend.)
Lloyd: Completely devoted to Diane Court, played by Ione Sky -- easily the sexiest female character of the 80s. Any decade really.
Jake: Ditches the prom queen for Samantha Baker, played by Molly Ringwald, who hasn't quite reached her prime at this point.
Lloyd: T-shirts, baggy Army pants and a trench coat. Perfect for a night out with the guys at the Gas N' Sip. But a fixer-upper project for potential girlfriends.
Jake: There's a reason Schoeffling was a male model before and after this movie -- he looks good in anything. But sticking to preppy outfits is a smart move.
Lloyd: "Maybe I didn't really know you. Maybe you were just a mirage. Maybe the world is full of food and sex and spectacle and we're all just hurling towards an apocalypse, in which case it's not your fault."
Jake: "Happy Birthday, Samantha. Make a wish."
Advantage: Even again -- it just depends on whether you like your men talky or not.
So there you go. There's no clear winner when you stack them up against each other. So, ladies, you're going to have to go with your heart.
Pick a winner and tell us why: Is it Jake or Lloyd that wins your love as perfect boyfriend?