80s Rob Lowe | The Films We Still Love Today

From St. Elmo's Fire to About Last Night..., join us for a nostalgic throwback as we take a look back at 80s Rob Lowe films.

80s Rob Lowe | The Films We Still Love Today
Rob Lowe age 15

"From Heartthrob to Hollywood: A Sarcastically Sincere Dive into the 80s Film Career of Rob Lowe"

Birth and Early Years: Tinseltown's Little Darling

A young Rob Lowe as a boy

Robert Hepler Lowe. Born on March 17, 1964, in the heartland of America - Charlottesville, Virginia. A little ironic, wouldn’t you say, that America's heartthrob was birthed right in our nation's heartland. With a lawyer and a schoolteacher for parents, it's a wonder he didn’t end up in a courtroom drama instead of the high school ones that made him famous. 

Lowe spent most of his childhood in Dayton, Ohio. Now, if you've ever been to Dayton, you'll know it isn't exactly the Hollywood Hills. But the universe works in mysterious ways, and so do talent scouts. With acting in his bones and an undeniable charm, our young Lowe was destined for the silver screen. From school plays and local TV, he quickly set his sights on the glamourous world of showbiz. Little did he know, he was about to become the poster boy for a generation. Talk about a leap, folks!


A Hearing Loss and a Half

Young Rob Lowe with his mother and family

While still in the crib, our boy Lowe was hit with a bit of a curveball. Undiagnosed mumps, of all things, resulted in the complete loss of hearing in his right ear. That's right, folks, before he could even talk, Rob was already living life in mono. But let's be real, who needs stereo when you're destined to be a one-man showstopper? It's almost poetic, a foreshadowing of the single-sided swooning that would soon follow him wherever he went. Our mono-hearing maestro turned his setback into a comeback, showing us all that not even the mumps could muffle his rise to stardom.

 


A New Kind of Family (1979–1980): The Teenage Heartthrob's Television Debut

A New Kind of Family (1979–1980)

As they say, even Homer sometimes nods. And in 1979, Mr. Lowe, our beloved Midwestern heartthrob, took his first stumble in showbiz with the sitcom A New Kind of Family. Now, this wasn't exactly a Friends or a Seinfeld. In fact, it was more like that one show you vaguely remember, but can't quite place, like a song you've heard just once.

A New Kind of Family was Lowe's stepping stone into the world of television, and let's be real, it was more a pebble than a stone. Situated in the less glamorous end of TV land, this ABC sitcom saw Lowe playing Tony Flanagan, a character as memorable as last week's weather forecast.

We can't exactly call the show a runaway success, with its early cancellation after merely 11 episodes. But hey, we all have to start somewhere, right? And for Rob, it was on a quickly-forgotten sitcom that barely anyone remembers today. But let's not be too harsh. After all, even the brightest stars have to start somewhere, and to his credit, Rob Lowe never let his initial misstep define his career. So let's toast to A New Kind of Family, the stepping stone that started it all. Or should we say, the pebble?


Thursday's Child (1983): The Plunge into Dramatic Waters

Thursday's Child (1983) film poster

If there ever was a film that put the 'mel' in 'melodrama', it was Thursday's Child (1983). Ah yes, folks, remember this gem? It's where our boy Lowe took his first plunge into the sea of serious acting, trading in his trademark grin for a furrowed brow and a weighty heart. In this TV movie, Lowe stretched his acting muscles (and his fans' tear ducts) by playing Sam Alden, a high school athlete grappling with a serious heart condition.

A far cry from his A New Kind of Family. Here, Lowe showed us he could do more than flash a winning smile. He could break our hearts too. And boy, did he! If you didn't shed a tear or two watching this flick, you're either made of stone, or you were too busy swooning over Lowe's dramatic performance.

But let's be real. While Lowe delivered a performance that was heart-wrenching (pun totally intended), Thursday's Child didn't exactly set the world of cinema ablaze. It was more of a slow burn, a subtle hint that Lowe was capable of more than just being the charming boy next door.

Despite its lukewarm reception, Thursday's Child marked an important step in Lowe's career. Going from the forgettable Tony Flanagan to the memorable Sam Alden, it was the turning point where Lowe went from being a one-hit wonder to a serious actor. Was it a masterpiece? No. But it was a start, and sometimes, that's all you need. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither are Hollywood careers. So here's to Thursday's Child, the flick that saw Lowe dive into deeper waters.


The Not-so-Famous Faces of Thursday's Child

In the grand tradition of 80s TV movies, Thursday's Child boasted a cast of characters as diverse as a box of crayons. Let's take a stroll down the illustrious memory lane, shall we?

  • Rob Lowe as Sam Alden: Our heartthrob, playing yet another heartthrob. Except this one's got a dodgy ticker. But hey, a heart condition never stopped a Lowe character before, did it? Proving he could do more than just blink those baby blues, Rob delivered a persuasive performance that had us reaching for the tissues. Or was it the remote?
  • Gena Rowlands as Victoria Alden: Gena, darling, what were you thinking? From an Oscar nomination to playing the distressed mother in a TV flick. Well, at least she gave it her all, delivering a performance so heart-wrenching I almost forgot I was watching Thursday's Child. Almost.
  • Don Murray as Dallas: The quintessential 80s dad. Oblivious, stern, and always a step behind the rest. Don Murray, bless his heart, did what he could with what he had. But let's face it, this wasn't exactly an Oscar-winning role.
  • Jessica Walter as Roz Richardson: Ah, Jessica, always the villainess. Even in a movie as vanilla as Thursday's Child. Playing the meddling nurse with aplomb, she brought a much-needed dash of spice to this otherwise bland stew.

So there you have it, folks. The Thursday's Child ensemble. A cast that was, well, cast. They were there, they did their job, and for better or worse, they gave us Thursday's Child. Let's raise our glasses to them, shall we? But maybe just a half glass. It seems fitting.


The Go-Go's "Turn to You" (1984): When Lowe Got Low

The Go-Go's

In a move as unexpected as a plot twist in a daytime soap, 1984 saw our blue-eyed boy Lowe take a detour from his acting endeavours to star in the Go-Go's music video Turn to You. Now, this wasn't just any video, folks. It was the 80s equivalent of a reality TV show, complete with bad hairstyles, questionable fashion choices, and an overdose of blue eyeshadow. All wrapped up in a three-minute, MTV-friendly package.

If you've blinked and missed it, here's the rundown. The video, set against the backdrop of an 80s frat house party, has Lowe playing the dual role of two identical twins. Oh yes, folks, double the Lowe, double the fun. Or so they thought. Lowe, dressed in preppier-than-thou outfits, is seen feeding the Go-Go's lead singer Belinda Carlisle cake, arm-wrestling muscular frat boys, and in one memorable moment, even ends up getting a pie in the face. Talk about Lowe-Blow!

Rob Lowe in The Go-Go's

Despite the video's tongue-in-cheek nature, one cannot disregard the fact that it offered a glimpse of the less scripted, more spontaneous side of Lowe. It was a far cry from the intense, serious roles he usually played. And yet, Lowe seemed comfortable, even enjoying being the centre of attention amidst the riotous party.

The Go-Go's Turn to You was a literal 'turn' for Lowe. It didn’t exactly add any feathers to his acting cap, nor did it launch a singing career. But it did show that Lowe was game for a laugh, even if it meant being at the receiving end of it. It gave us a glimpse of a Rob Lowe who could take himself lightly; a Rob Lowe who could be frivolous and fun; and a Rob Lowe who wasn't afraid to rock double denim. So here's to Turn to You, a video that made us see double and gave us a new 'Lowe' to remember!


The Outsiders (1983): From Poster Boy to Ponyboy

The Outsiders (1983) film poster

1983, a year that brought us questionable fashion, infectious pop music, and the cinematic gift that was The Outsiders. And who could forget our main man, Rob Lowe, donning a pair of tight jeans and a greased-up hairdo to play the role of Sodapop Curtis?

Sodapop, with his charming smile and devil-may-care attitude, was a far cry from the serious, heart-condition-ridden Sam Alden. In this role, Lowe was given the chance to return to his comfort zone - playing the charming boy next door. And boy, did he embrace it! If anyone could make greasy hair and tight jeans look good, it was Rob Lowe.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Outsiders was a departure from the 80's norm, a teenage drama that had real grit. Apart from Lowe, it featured a slew of soon-to-be Hollywood A-listers like Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, and Ralph Macchio. All crammed into a single film. Talk about star power!

But let's get back to Lowe. As Sodapop, he was the middle child stuck between the brooding Darry (Patrick Swayze) and the sensitive Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell).

Sodapop Curtis: The Outsiders

While he didn't have the most lines or the most screen time, Lowe made sure to make his presence felt. Whether it was flashing his trademark grin or displaying a surprising depth in the more emotional scenes, Lowe made Sodapop more than just a supporting character.

The Outsiders might not have been the biggest box office hit, but it was a critical darling. It put Lowe on the map, showing that he could hold his own against a cast of gifted young actors. More importantly, it showed that Lowe could play more than just the heartthrob - he could play a character with heart. So, let's toast to The Outsiders, the film that let Lowe be both the poster boy and the actor. Can you think of a better way to spend a couple of hours in the 80s? I didn't think so.


The Outsiders Plot: A Soda Pop Soda-Shop of Teen Angst

Here's the skinny on The Outsiders plot, folks. Set in the mid-1960s Oklahoma, it's your classic good guys-bad guys, or rather, Greasers-Socs rivalry. The Greasers are the working-class lads with the slicked-back hair and the hearts of gold, while the Socs (short for Socials) are the well-heeled bullies with the posh cars and the hearts of, well, let's just say they wouldn't win any popularity contests.

Our main man Lowe, aka Sodapop, is smack dab in the middle of this fizzy Soda-Pop soda-shop of teen angst. He's stuck in a tug-of-war between his two brothers - Darry, the eldest, starchy as a stiff collar, and Ponyboy, the youngest, sweet as a puppy. When Ponyboy and his buddy Johnny end up on the wrong side of a late-night rumble with the Socs, things go belly up.

Johnny ends up doing the unthinkable - he kills a Soc. Now, this isn't just any Soc, it's Bob, the meanest of the lot. So, Johnny and Ponyboy high tail it out of town, hiding out in an old church in the countryside. Meanwhile, back home, Sodapop and the rest of the gang are tearing their hair out (metaphorically, of course, they've too much grease in it for real tearing).

Sodapop Curtis (Rob Lowe): The Outsiders

Just when you think things can't get any worse, the church catches fire. And guess what? There are kids inside! Ponyboy and Johnny, clearly having a hero complex, dash in to save the day. They rescue the kids, but Johnny gets badly hurt.

The boys return home, are hailed as heroes, but Johnny dies from his injuries, leaving everyone, including our Sodapop, heartbroken. The film ends with a big rumble between the Greasers and Socs, which the Greasers win, but at a high cost.

In a nutshell, The Outsiders is your typical coming-of-age tale, full of teen angst, youthful rebellion, and the harsh reality of social divisions. But with a heavy dose of 80s melodrama and a sprinkle of Rob Lowe charm. Because, let's face it, everything's better with a bit of Lowe, isn't it?


Meet the Gang of The Outsiders

  • Sodapop Curtis (Rob Lowe): The middle Curtis brother, Sodapop is the charm bomb dropped right in the middle of this teen angst storm. More than just a pretty face, this boy-next-door with the greased-up 'do and signature grin can show depth in those baby blues when the scene calls for it. But don't be fooled, he's still one heartthrob you'd love to share a soda with.
  • Ponyboy Curtis (C. Thomas Howell): The youngest Curtis brother, Ponyboy's the sensitive soul of the bunch. He's the pup you can't help but root for, even when he's reading Robert Frost and casting long, brooding looks into the distance. A walking teenage dream with the weight of the world on his shoulders.
  • Darry Curtis (Patrick Swayze): If starch had a human form, it would probably look like Darry. The eldest Curtis brother, he's the de facto parent of the gang - stern, responsible, and stiff as a board. But beneath that rough exterior is a heart as soft as marshmallows.
  • Johnny Cade (Ralph Macchio): The underdog with a heart of gold. He's the kid you cheer for, the one you hope gets a break. And when he doesn't, well, let's just say there won't be a dry eye in the house.
  • Dallas Winston (Matt Dillon): Bad boy extraordinaire. If trouble had a face, it would probably be Dillon's in The Outsiders. He's the Greaser you love to hate, but can't help but feel a smidgen of sympathy for.
  • Two-Bit Matthews (Emilio Estevez): The clown of the group, Two-Bit's the one with a joke always ready to lighten the mood. He's the guy you'd want by your side at a rumble - you know, for moral support and comic relief.
  • Steve Randle (Tom Cruise): Sodapop's best friend and fellow Greaser, Steve's got a chip on his shoulder the size of Tulsa. But hey, even grumpy sidekicks need love, right?

Behind the Scenes of The Outsiders

Now, if you think the on-screen drama of The Outsiders was intense, let me tell you, the behind the scenes was a veritable soap opera in its own right. Picture this: a motley crew of budding Hollywood heartthrobs, all vying for the spotlight, crammed together on a set. The testosterone must've been thicker than the grease in their hair. Or the fog in a London autumn, if you will. I mean, can you imagine a young Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, and Rob Lowe all on the same set? It's a wonder the cameras didn't overheat!

Ponyboy Curtis, Darrel Curtis and Sodapop Curtis: The Outsiders

Let’s not forget about the director. The man steering this ship through the stormy seas of teen angst was none other than Francis Ford Coppola. Yes, folks, the same guy who gave us The Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now decided to dabble in the world of teenage drama. Talk about range.

Coppola reportedly ran a tight ship, even making the cast live together to create a sense of brotherhood. He also made them play a rumble game (a polite way of saying "let them beat each other senseless") to build camaraderie. The actors might have been playing tough Greasers on screen, but they were just kids jostling for position off-screen.

And let's not forget the time Rob Lowe almost drowned during the fountain scene because his co-stars forgot he couldn't swim. But hey, it’s all in a day's work when you're shooting a cult classic, right? So here's to the chaos and camaraderie of The Outsiders behind the scenes, a testament to the fact that sometimes, the real drama happens off-camera. And we wouldn't have it any other way.


Critics: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

When The Outsiders hit the silver screen, it was like a Molotov cocktail of teen angst and 80s melodrama lobbed into the laps of critics. Responses ranged from slightly sarcastic eyebrow raises to full-blown facepalms. Some hailed it as an ode to youthful rebellion, while others dismissed it as an overcooked pot of teenage drama. One thing's for sure, it stirred up quite the hornet's nest in the world of film criticism.

Sodapop Curtis with Ponyboy Curtis: The Outsiders

Renowned critic Roger Ebert, for instance, said watching the film was like "being taken on a guided tour of adolescence" - and not in a good way. He called it "all surface and no depth," a sentiment echoed by many other critics who felt the heavy-handed drama overshadowed any real substance. Others, however, praised Coppola for his bold take on the age-old tale of belonging and identity crisis, applauding his depiction of the harsh realities of social divisions and the struggle for acceptance.

Yet, despite the mixed reviews, The Outsiders managed to carve out its own niche in the annals of pop culture. Call it a guilty pleasure or a cult classic, it's a film that's hard to forget once you've seen it. And isn't that what effective cinema is all about? So whether you're a critic with a penchant for highbrow cinema or a teen looking for a good old dose of melodrama, The Outsiders has something for you. And let's face it, who can resist a young Rob Lowe in a leather jacket and greased-up hair? As if!


Class (1983): The Highs, The Lows, and The Oh-So-Lowes

Class (1983) film cover

Buckle up, folks, because it's time to take a deep dive into the world of high society hijinks and low-brow humor that is Class (1983). Fresh off the rollercoaster ride of The Outsiders, our man Lowe swapped his leather jacket for a school blazer, trading in greased-up hair for a bourgeoisie-chic look, and let me tell you, the transition was as smooth as the silk ties he was donning.

Rob Lowe played 'Skip', the charming, well-heeled boarding school lad with a heart of gold - a role that fit him like a velvet glove. He was every bit the prep school poster boy, his clean-cut charm and preppy good looks serving as the perfect camouflage for the mischief beneath.

But here's where things get, shall we say, classically complicated. Lowe's Skip unwittingly hooks up his roommate, played by Andrew McCarthy, with his own mother. Yes, you read it right. His mother. If that's not an example of 80s melodrama at its finest, well, I don't know what is!

Skip Burroughs and Jonathan Ogner: Class (1983)

Critics, predictably, had a field day with Class. Some found it crass, others classy (see what I did there?). But one thing they all seemed to agree on was Rob Lowe's performance. The man was as charismatic as ever, handling the dramatic twists and turns of Class with the ease of a true 80s icon. So pull up a chair, grab some popcorn, and get ready for a cinematic lesson in Class. After all, you wouldn't want to skip this one, would you?


Class Cast & Character Bios: Lords, Losers, and Lowe

Now, let's meet the movers and shakers of Class. These are the folks who made us laugh, cringe, and question the very fabric of high society (and boarding school bromances).

  • Skip Burroughs (Rob Lowe): Our man Lowe dons the persona of Skip, the suave, good-looking boarding school jock. He's got the charm, the cheekbones, and a heap-load of charisma. But beneath that polished exterior, there's a whole lot of mischief brewing, making Skip the poster boy for 'don't judge a book by its cover'.
  • Jonathan Ogner (Andrew McCarthy): An innocent, working-class lad who finds himself entangled in the elite web of prep school society. He's the fish out of water, completely out of his depth and floundering like a...well, fish. He's also the guy who ends up bedding his roommate's mother. Accidentally, of course.
  • Ellen Burroughs (Jacqueline Bisset): The sophisticated, seductive cougar who shakes up the boarding school blues like a martini cocktail. She's classy, she’s sassy, and she's utterly oblivious of her son's teenage escapades. Boy, talk about parent-teacher meetings getting awkward!

These are the characters that made Class the rollercoaster ride that it was. So, sit back, buckle up, and get ready for a class act like no other. Because in this school, the only rule is that there are no rules. As if!


The Hotel New Hampshire (1984): From Prep School to Pet Bears

The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) movie cover

Dust off your passports, folks, because we're about to embark on a wild ride with Rob Lowe in The Hotel New Hampshire (1984). This isn't just a step up from prep school pranks and motherly mishaps; it's a transatlantic leap into a world of bears, bombs, and, yep, you guessed it, more brotherly love.

In the film, Lowe plays John Berry, a young man navigating the choppy waters of familial dysfunction in a hotel. That’s right, a hotel - because why have a normal childhood when you can have a hotel-based one instead? The plot is as eccentric as the setting, filled with circus animals, terrorist attacks, and a healthy dose of incest. Because, hey, it’s the 80s and we were all about pushing boundaries, right?

John Berry: The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

Critics had a mixed bag of reactions to The Hotel New Hampshire. Some loved the quirky charm, others were left scratching their heads. But amidst all the chaos, one thing stood firm - Rob Lowe, our golden boy of the 80s, delivered a performance that had us glued to our screens. So take a seat, grab your popcorn, and get ready to check in to The Hotel New Hampshire. It’s going to be one wild stay!


The Hotel New Hampshire Cast & Character Bios: Bears, Bombshells, and Berry

Now, let's delve into the madcap menagerie of characters that inhabit the world of The Hotel New Hampshire.

  • John Berry (Rob Lowe): Lowe takes on the role of John Berry, not your average Joe - unless your average Joe lives in a hotel and has an unusual fondness for his sister. He's navigating the stormy seas of adolescence amidst a sea of farcical family antics, and let's be honest, he's doing it with panache.
  • Franny Berry (Jodie Foster): The brains of the Berry bunch, Franny is a whip-smart lass with a heart as big as her IQ. She's not just a sister, but a confidante, a friend, and shockingly enough, a love interest to our man Lowe. Talk about keeping it in the family!
  • Win Berry (Beau Bridges): The patriarch of the Berry brood, Win is a dreamer with a knack for turning the mundane into the magical. His grand idea of running a hotel with his family might seem bizarre to some, but hey, it's all part of the Berry charm.
  • Freud (Wallace Shawn): The hotel's resident writer and bear trainer (because every hotel needs one of those), Freud is as eccentric as they come. He's got a bear for a best friend and a head full of stories - the perfect recipe for a fascinating character.

So, grab a front-row seat, folks. This is one family reunion you won't want to miss. The eccentricities are in full swing, the drama dial turned up to full blast, and our boy Rob Lowe right in the middle of it all. Now that's what I call a blockbuster!


Oxford Blues (1984): From Hotels to Hallowed Halls

Oxford Blues (1984) film cover

Next up on our tour de Lowe, we're swapping hotels for the hallowed halls of Oxford University with Oxford Blues (1984). In this movie, Lowe plays Nick Di Angelo, a Vegas valet who dreams of hobnobbing with the British aristocracy (as one does). With a bit of luck and a whole lot of bravado, he manages to snag himself a spot at Oxford, only to find he's a Yank out of water.

The film is a rambunctious romp through the hallowed halls of Oxford, filled with boating blunders, romantic entanglements, and, of course, Rob Lowe in a rowing singlet (because why not!). Critics were divided over Oxford Blues; some loved the cheeky charm, others thought it was about as authentic as a three-dollar bill. But amidst the boat races and ball gowns, one thing was clear - Rob Lowe was a star on the rise. So dust off your boater hat, polish your oars, and get ready for a wild ride down the River Thames. This is Oxford Blues as you've never seen it before!


Oxford Blues Cast & Character Bios: Boat Races, Ball Gowns, and a Dash of Bravado

Welcome to the colorful world of Oxford Blues, where Vegas meets Varsity, and rowing is the new Rock 'n Roll:

  • Nick Di Angelo (Rob Lowe): Lowe once again charms us in the role of Di Angelo, a Vegas valet with dreams as big as his ego. He's a fish out of water in the hallowed halls of Oxford, but he's got enough bravado to make it seem like he owns the place. And let's face it, with those cheekbones, who's going to argue?
  • Lady Victoria Wingate (Amanda Pays): The aristocratic ice queen who manages to thaw Nick's heart. She's posh, she’s poised, and she’s utterly out of Nick's league. But then again, who doesn't love an underdog story?
  • Gareth Rycroft (Julian Sands): The quintessential British snob and Nick's chief adversary at Oxford. He's got the blue blood, the breeding, and the boat race skills. But beneath that stiff upper lip, there's just a hint of jealousy brewing.
  • Rona (Ally Sheedy): Nick's fellow American and best friend in Oxford. She's smart, she's sassy, and she's always there to pick up the pieces when Nick's dreams come crashing down.

So sit back, grab your popcorn, and get ready for a transatlantic tale of ambition, romance, and rowing. Because this is Oxford Blues and we're just along for the ride.


St. Elmo's Fire (1985): From Hallowed Halls to Heartache

St. Elmo's Fire (1985) movie poster

Now, hold onto your hats, because we're about to whirl into the emotional tornado that is St. Elmo's Fire (1985). Set in the aftermath of college graduation, the film sees Lowe playing Billy Hicks, a saxophone-playing, heart-breaking, Peter Pan who refuses to grow up. The film is a roller coaster ride of twenty-something angst, filled with unrequited love, financial woes, and existential dread. Because nothing screams 80s like a group of over-privileged kids struggling to face the reality of adulthood, right?

Critics weren't particularly kind to St. Elmo's Fire; most thought it was about as deep as a kiddie pool. But amidst the soap opera shenanigans, one thing shone through - Rob Lowe could act his socks off. So buckle up, grab a tissue, and get ready for the emotional roller coaster that is St. Elmo's Fire. Trust me, you're in for a bumpy ride!


St. Elmo's Fire Plot: The Rollercoaster of Post-Grad Life

All the gang in the bar: St. Elmo's Fire

In the tangled web of St. Elmo's Fire, we follow our band of recent college graduates navigating the choppy waters of "real" adult life - it's more a sinking ship than a luxury cruise, to be quite frank. Billy (played by our lad Lowe) is the charming saxophonist and perpetual Peter Pan, refusing to leave Neverland and face the harsh reality of adulthood. He's juggling his estranged wife and his young son, but in true Billy fashion, he's doing it with about as much grace as a bull in a china shop.

Billy holding Jules: St. Elmo's Fire

Then we have the unrequited love triangle: Alec, Leslie, and Kevin. Alec (Judd Nelson) is the ambitious politico with a murky moral compass, Leslie (Ally Sheedy) is the career-minded architect who holds Alec's heart, but Kevin (Andrew McCarthy) - the brooding writer - is secretly smitten with Leslie. Then throw in an emotionally unstable Wendy (Mare Winningham), hopelessly in love with Billy, and Kirby (Emilio Estevez), who is obsessed with an older woman, and you've got the recipe for a proper 80s melodrama.

The film is filled to the brim with existential crises, financial woes, and romantic entanglements - a veritable potpourri of post-grad problems. Critics might have scoffed at its melodramatic portrayal of privileged angst, but let's be real, for an 80s Brat Pack flick, it's right on the money. So grab your popcorn and get ready for a wild ride. This is St. Elmo's Fire - buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy one!


St. Elmo's Fire Cast & Character Bios: Post-Grad Problems and Privileged Angst

Dive into the drama-filled lives of our recent graduates as they face the music and dance (or stumble) into adulthood:

  • Billy Hicks (Rob Lowe): Our saxophone serenading heartbreaker who's as allergic to adulthood as a cat is to water. Lowe perfectly captures Billy's charm, charisma, and catastrophic decision-making. Parenthood and responsibility? Frightfully ghastly.
  • Jules Van Patten (Demi Moore): The high-powered and high-strung executive who's about as stable as a Jenga tower. She’s got big dreams, but at what cost?
  • Alec Newbury (Judd Nelson): The ambitious politico with a moral compass that's about as reliable as a chocolate teapot. He's got big dreams and an even bigger ego. But beneath that preppy veneer, there's a storm brewing.
  • Leslie Hunter (Ally Sheedy): The career-focused architect and Alec’s love interest. She's got brains, she's got beauty, and she's got two blokes pining after her. Who said post-grad had to be boring?
  • Kevin Dolenz (Andrew McCarthy): The introspective writer with a secret crush on Leslie. He's got the hots for her, but he's about as forthcoming with his feelings as a mute mime artist.
  • Wendy Beamish (Mare Winningham): The sweet, naive, and slightly unstable Wendy, who’s hopelessly in love with Billy. She’s got heart, but unfortunately, she’s also got an unrequited love.
  • Kirby Keger (Emilio Estevez): The law student who’s more interested in chasing after an older woman than chasing his career. He’s got passion, but it seems to be misdirected.

Behind the Scenes: The Making and the Madness

Director Joel Schumache

Now, let's slip behind the scenes for a bit of a nosy at the making of St. Elmo's Fire – because, let's be frank, the backstage chaos is often more entertaining than the polished product. Director Joel Schumacher had the Herculean task of wrangling seven young talents who were more interested in partying and pranks than professionalism (we're looking at you, Lowe). The off-screen shenanigans ranged from the playfully juvenile (impromptu water gun fights) to the downright dangerous (Lowe's infamous high-speed car race with Emilio Estevez). It's a miracle that any actual filming got done with that circus in town.

But amidst the chaos, moments of brilliance somehow managed to shine through. Who could forget Lowe's impassioned saxophone solos (never mind that he couldn't play a note in real life)? Or the heart-wrenching scene where Billy finally faces the music and admits he's a rubbish father? These are the moments that turned St. Elmo's Fire from just another 80s flick about spoiled brats into a cult classic that still resonates with audiences today.

Joel Schumacher and Rob Lowe behind the scenes St. Elmo's Fire

So yes, the making of St. Elmo's Fire was a wild ride, filled with drama, laughter, and more than a few bumps along the way. But as the saying goes, "the show must go on" – and thank goodness it did! Without the off-camera antics, we might not have the unforgettable, if slightly melodramatic, spectacle that is St. Elmo's Fire. So here's to the madness behind the magic. After all, without a little chaos, life would be terribly dull, wouldn't it?


St. Elmo's Fire Soundtrack: Synth-Pop and Sax Solos

Billy Hicks playing the saxophone: St. Elmo's Fire

Now, let's not forget about the lion's share of the drama in St. Elmo's Fire that came not from the thespian efforts of our beloved Brat Pack, but from the earworm-inducing soundtrack. Oh yes, my friends, we're talking about the synth-pop sensation that is the St. Elmo's Fire soundtrack. The title track, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" by John Parr, reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and it's not hard to see why - it's a song that screams 80s louder than a neon spandex leotard at an aerobics class.

But it's not all about Parr's power ballad. Rob Lowe, in his role as Billy, belts out a sultry sax solo in "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" that's about as convincing as a cat playing the piano. But you know what? We loved every toe-curlingly awkward moment of it. Then there's "Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire" by David Foster, a piece so dripping with schmaltz, it should come with a cholesterol warning. But again, it's the 80s - subtlety wasn't exactly on the menu.

In short, the St. Elmo's Fire soundtrack is a crash course in 80s power ballads and synth-pop schmaltz - it's cheesy, it's over-the-top, and it's absolutely unmissable. So go on, dust off your air guitar (or air saxophone) and get ready to rock out, 80s style.


Impact and Legacy: The Afterburn of St. Elmo's Fire

Let's get this straight: St. Elmo's Fire is, by no means, a cinematic masterpiece. It's cheesy, melodramatic, and filled with characters who are, quite frankly, a bit of a trainwreck. But that's exactly what makes it so deliciously watchable. It's like a car crash that you just can't tear your eyes away from - and somehow, you find yourself coming back for more.

Kirby, Jules and Billy: St. Elmo's Fire

Rob Lowe's Billy Hicks, with his devilish grin and catastrophic life choices, became a symbol of his generation - a poster boy for the Peter Pan syndrome that seemed to grip the youth of the 80s. He embodied the fear of growing up, the reluctance to let go of the freedom of youth and embrace the responsibilities of adulthood. In many ways, Billy's struggle is a timeless one, and perhaps that's why St. Elmo's Fire continues to strike a chord with viewers today.

But the film's legacy extends beyond its portrayal of arrested development. It also gave us one of the most iconic soundtracks of the 80s, complete with power ballads, sax solos and all the synth-pop glory you could wish for. "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" became an anthem for a generation, its triumphant chords and uplifting lyrics echoing the sense of endless possibility that characterized the decade. And let's not forget Rob Lowe's cringe-worthy yet utterly unforgettable sax solo - a moment that is, for better or worse, etched into the annals of pop culture history.

Jules with Billy: St. Elmo's Fire

So yes, St. Elmo's Fire is flawed, messy, and at times, utterly ridiculous. But its impact and legacy are undeniable. It captured a moment in time, a feeling, a generation. It gave us unforgettable characters, memorable moments, and a soundtrack for the ages. It's more than just a film - it's a slice of 80s culture, a nostalgic trip down memory lane for those who lived it and a fascinating glimpse into the past for those who didn't. So here's to St. Elmo's Fire - it may not be perfect, but it's perfectly 80s. And in the end, isn't that what we love about it?


Youngblood (1986): When Hockey Met Hollywood

Youngblood (1986 film) cover

From the stinging slap shots to the brutal body checks, welcome to the world of Youngblood – a film that proves there's nothing quite as entertaining as watching Rob Lowe try to play hockey. Set in the icy landscapes of the Canadian Junior Hockey circuit, Youngblood sees Lowe slipping into the skates of Dean Youngblood, a farm boy with big dreams, fast fists, and a mullet that could leave even Billy Ray Cyrus green with envy. Here, Lowe's boyish charm and good looks were put to the test against the rugged, toothless world of ice hockey, and let's just say the result was... amusing.

Lowe's performance as Youngblood is about as smooth as a Zamboni ride, but there's an irresistible charm to his wide-eyed naïveté. It's like watching a lamb trying to navigate a pack of wolves – and did we mention that mullet? This makes Youngblood a quintessentially 80s display of cinematic cheese, where a good old-fashioned punch-up was seen as a valid problem-solving method.

Kelly Youngblood: Youngblood film

And despite the film's dubious depiction of hockey (and that perplexing lack of Rob Lowe on ice-skates), Youngblood still managed to score with audiences. Maybe it was the heart-warming tale of an underdog (or should we say, underpup) rising to the challenge, or perhaps it was just the spectacle of Lowe trying to hold his own in a hockey brawl. Either way, Youngblood adds to the narrative of Rob Lowe's 80s impact, playing its part in establishing him as a heartthrob - albeit a somewhat bruised and battered one in this case.


Plot: Youngblood From Farm To Fame

Youngblood, Derek and Murray: Youngblood

The plot of Youngblood is as predictable as a Christmas cracker joke, but that’s all part of its charm. Dean Youngblood (Rob Lowe), the farm boy with a dream and a mullet, is plucked from obscurity and thrown into the rough-and-tumble world of Junior hockey. It’s the classic ‘fish out of water’ scenario, with our hero torn between his peaceful rural roots and the violent, high-stakes world of professional sports.

And somehow, amidst the ice-rink brawls and teeth-rattling body checks, Youngblood finds time for a bit of rink-side romance. Enter Jessie Chadwick (Cynthia Gibb), the coach's daughter and the film’s obvious love interest, who teaches Dean the art of the slapshot and the power of love. Are you rolling your eyes yet?

Dean Youngblood

Despite his initial struggles, Dean, with his boyish charm and inexplicable aversion to ice skates, eventually proves his worth both on and off the ice, leading his team to victory and winning the girl. It’s a storyline as old as Hollywood itself, but Lowe’s earnest performance gives it a certain naive charm that's hard to resist. The plot of Youngblood is a cinematic hat trick of 80s cliches - predictable, cheesy, and utterly satisfying.


Cast & Characters: The Youngblood Lineup

  • Rob Lowe as Dean Youngblood: Our leading man, the fresh-faced farm boy with a dream to conquer the hockey world, and an unforgettable mullet (sorry can't get that mullet outta my head) . Lowe's performance is as earnest as it is endearing, embodying the naive charm and underdog spirit of his character.
  • Patrick Swayze as Derek Sutton: As the team's captain and mentor figure to Youngblood, Swayze brings his signature toughness and charisma to the role. He's the experienced yin to Youngblood's inexperienced yang, guiding Dean through the brutal realities of junior hockey.
  • Cynthia Gibb as Jessie Chadwick: The coach's daughter and love interest to Dean. Gibb delivers a performance that is both tender and tenacious, teaching Youngblood the art of the slapshot and the language of love.
  • Ed Lauter as Murray Chadwick: The hard-nosed coach with a heart of gold. Lauter's performance adds depth and gravity to the film, serving as a moral compass amidst the wild world of junior hockey.
  • Jim Youngs as Kelly Youngblood: As Dean's more practical elder brother, Youngs portrays the agricultural life that Dean left behind, a stark contrast to the chaotic and violent world of junior hockey.
  • Keanu Reeves as Heaver: In one of his earliest roles, Reeves plays a goalie with a thick Quebecois accent. Despite his limited screen time, Reeves leaves a lasting impression with his comedic relief and easy charisma.
  • Eric Nesterenko as Blane Youngblood (aka the real hockey star): As Dean and Kelly's father, Nesterenko adds a touch of authenticity to the film. A former professional hockey player himself, he brings his experience and expertise to the role of Blane Youngblood - perhaps the only character in the film who can actually skate.

The Impact of Youngblood

Murray Chadwick: Youngblood

Youngblood might not be a cinematic masterpiece, but its cultural impact - particularly in the realm of 80s pop culture - is undeniable. Its blend of sports drama, romance, and a dash of comedy struck a chord with audiences. Yet, its true legacy lies in its contribution to 80s cinema’s beloved underdog narrative. Rob Lowe's portrayal of the naive but determined Dean Youngblood, with his unforgettable mullet, only solidified his heartthrob status and ushered in a new era of sports films.

Dean and Derek: Youngblood

Moreover, Youngblood holds the distinction of being one of the few films of that era to focus on the world of ice hockey, providing a glimpse into a sport often overshadowed by more mainstream choices like baseball and American football. Despite its unrealistic depiction of the sport, the film played a pivotal role in popularising ice hockey, particularly within the US.

Blane Youngblood

Then there's the unexpected casting of Keanu Reeves as a goalie with a heavy Quebecois accent, offering a laugh-out-loud cameo that remains one of the film's most memorable moments. It's an early glimpse of the charm and charisma that would later make Reeves a Hollywood icon.

So while Youngblood might not be in the running for an Oscar, there's no denying its impactful contribution to 80s pop culture, the sporting film genre, and the making of Rob Lowe's image as the boyish charmer of Hollywood. It may be cheesy, but sometimes it's the cheese that makes the dish.


About Last Night (1986)

About Last Night (1986) poster

Moving on from the hockey rink, Lowe swapped his skates for a pair of dancing shoes in his next venture, About Last Night. This rom-com, set in the heart of the Windy City, Chicago, has Lowe playing the role of Danny, a restaurant supply salesman with a knack for partying. Danny's life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Debbie, played by Demi Moore, and what starts as a one-night stand evolves into a full-fledged relationship. However, navigating the minefield of romance is not quite as straightforward as Danny might have hoped.

The film showcases Lowe's versatility as an actor, allowing him to step away from the brash, boyish characters of his earlier films and step into the shoes of a more mature, if somewhat confused, young man grappling with love and commitment. It's essentially Rob Lowe doing what Rob Lowe does best - charming the audience while wrestling with the trials and tribulations of love. All against the backdrop of 80s Chicago, with a killer soundtrack to boot.

About Last Night marked another stepping stone in Lowe's rise to fame during the 80s, further consolidating his status as a leading man in Hollywood.


Exploring the Plot of About Last Night

The plot of About Last Night walks us through the highs and lows of Danny and Debbie's relationship, beginning with their first meeting in a local bar.

Bernie and Danny at work in the office: About Last Night (1986)

It's a classic tale of boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, and life gets complicated. The chemistry between Lowe and Moore is palpable from the start, providing a solid foundation for the film's exploration of the complexities of modern relationships. As Danny and Debbie navigate their way through the labyrinth of love - dealing with everything from cohabitation and commitment to meddling friends and personal insecurities - the film serves up a heaping helping of drama, wit, and heartfelt moments. Despite the predictable nature of the plot, About Last Night is saved from being another run-of-the-mill rom-com by its honest portrayal of relationships and its insightful exploration of love in the big city. The narrative is as much about self-discovery and personal growth as it is about romance, lending the film a depth and authenticity that keeps the audience engaged from start to finish.


The Cast of About Last Night

  • Rob Lowe as Danny Martin: Rob Lowe slips into the role of Danny Martin, a restaurant supplies salesman living in Chicago. He's a party animal at heart, but his life takes a serious turn when he meets Debbie. Lowe's performance captures Danny's transformation from a carefree bachelor to a committed boyfriend, showcasing his ability to tackle mature roles.
  • Demi Moore as Debbie: Demi Moore plays Debbie, a woman who stumbles into a relationship with Danny after what was intended to be just a one-night stand. Moore perfectly encapsulates the essence of Debbie's character, balancing vulnerability, strength, and a sense of independence.
  • James Belushi as Bernie Litgo: As Danny's best friend and confidant, Belushi delivers a convincing performance as the quintessential '80s wingman. His crude humor and lack of filter provide comic relief, all while complicating Danny and Debbie's relationship.
  • Elizabeth Perkins as Joan: Joan, played by Perkins, is the skeptical and protective best friend of Debbie. Perkins' portrayal of Joan adds complexity to the plot, as she voices the doubts and concerns that Debbie herself is hesitant to acknowledge.

Critics on Release

Joan and Debbie: About Last Night (1986)

Upon its release, About Last Night was met with a rather mixed bag of reviews - though it seems the critics were just as charmed by our boy Rob as the rest of us. Roger Ebert, a critic who never shied away from a good roast, tipped his hat to Lowe's performance, noting his "convincing" portrayal of a man wrestling with the idea of commitment. However, he was less enamoured with the film's plot, dismissing it as "sitcom stuff". The New York Times' film critic Vincent Canby also gave a lukewarm reception, praising the lead performances but critiquing the "talky script". On the other hand, Variety magazine lauded the film as a "solid adaptation" of the original play, complimenting the chemistry between Lowe and Moore. So, while About Last Night might not have had the critics swooning, it certainly wasn't a flop. It was, in true 80s fashion, a classic boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl-back story, wrapped up in a package of witty one-liners and charming performances. And let's be honest, who can resist that?


Square Dance (1987)

Square Dance (1987) film cover

Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of '80s Chicago, Lowe ventured down a less trodden path in Square Dance. Set against the backdrop of rural Texas, this drama has Lowe abandoning his party boy image to play Rory, a mentally challenged young man who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a teenage girl. It's a far cry from the glitz and glamour of his previous roles, but Lowe handles the challenge with aplomb, delivering a performance that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure. It's a testament to Lowe's versatility and underlines his ability to deliver nuanced performances that transcend the boyish charm for which he is best known. Square Dance may not have made waves at the box office, but it certainly made a splash in the critics' circle, earning Lowe a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. It's a film that showcases Lowe's depth as an actor and his willingness to take on challenging roles, even if they fall outside his comfort zone.


Delving into the Plot of Square Dance

Gemma holding Rory: Square Dance (1987)

In Square Dance, Lowe's character Rory is a misunderstood, mentally challenged young man living with his mother in rural Texas. His life takes a turn when Gemma, a teen girl from the city, comes to spend the summer with her grandfather who lives nearby. An unlikely friendship blossoms between Rory and Gemma, each finding in the other a kindred spirit of sorts. As the summer unfolds, the pair navigate the trials of adolescence, the harsh realities of rural life, and the prejudices of small-town folk. The plot takes a darker turn as Gemma is forced to return to city life, leaving Rory behind. In its essence, Square Dance is a tale of friendship, acceptance, and the indomitable human spirit, capturing Lowe's character's struggles and triumphs with poignant realism.


The Cast of Square Dance

  • Rob Lowe as Rory Torrance: Lowe delivers a stellar performance as Rory, a mentally challenged young man living in rural Texas. His character is both endearing and heartbreaking, offering a stark contrast to his earlier roles. Lowe's nuanced portrayal of Rory, his struggles, and his innocent worldview is a testament to his versatility as an actor.
  • Winona Ryder as Gemma Dillard: Ryder plays the role of Gemma, a teenager from the city who spends her summer in the countryside with her grandfather. Her friendship with Rory forms the crux of the story. Ryder captures the curiosity, courage, and the emotional journey of Gemma flawlessly, further establishing her as a versatile talent.
  • Jason Robards as Dillard: Robards portrays Gemma's stern yet caring grandfather. He personifies the traditional values and harsh realities of rural life. Through his interactions with Gemma and Rory, Robards adds depth and complexity to the narrative.
  • Jane Alexander as Juanelle: Alexander takes on the role of Juanelle, Rory's doting mother. Her character struggles with her son's disability and the prejudices of the small town, providing a raw and emotional subplot in the narrative. Alexander's performance brings an extra layer of authenticity and emotional resonance to the story.

Reception of Square Dance

Gemma cutting Rory's hair: Square Dance (1987)

In an industry always hungry for the next blockbuster, Square Dance was much like a subtle melody playing amidst the deafening noise of box-office contenders. While it didn't cause waves in the commercial realm, it was a critical darling, showcasing Lowe's aptitude for complex roles and proving he was more than just a pretty face. Critics appreciated the film's tender narrative and the brilliant performances delivered by the cast. Lowe's portrayal of Rory was hailed for its sensitivity and depth, with the Los Angeles Times praising his "impressive ability to shed the glamour boy image". The New Yorker also acknowledged Lowe's "bold and compelling performance", while Cinema Magazine noted the "intricate interplay between Ryder and Lowe". However, the film did receive criticism for its slow pacing and lack of dramatic tension. Nonetheless, Square Dance remains a noteworthy entry in Lowe's filmography and a poignant reminder of the actor's versatility.


Masquerade (1988)

Masquerade (1988) movie cover

Rob Lowe's next venture into the silver screen in the 80s was Masquerade, a thriller with a dash of romance and a healthy dose of deception. Set amidst the wealth and opulence of the Hamptons, Lowe plays Tim Whalen, a charming yet mysterious yacht captain who falls for the wealthy heiress Olivia Lawrence, portrayed by Meg Tilly. As the title suggests, not everything is as it seems, and Whalen's true intentions are far from innocent. Lowe swaps his cowboy boots from Square Dance for a sailor's cap, and his performance is as smooth as the waters his character sails on, embodying the smooth-talking, silver-tongued charmer with ease. Masquerade might not be a game-changer in Lowe's career, but it's an engaging watch, full of twists and turns, and a firm reminder of the actor's ability to don different characters with finesse.

 


Digging Deeper into the Plot of Masquerade

Tim and Olivia: Masquerade (1988)

In Masquerade, Lowe's character, Tim Whalen, is a savvy yacht captain who becomes entangled in a web of deceit and lust in the glitz and glamour of the Hamptons. The plot thickens when he falls for Olivia Lawrence, a wealthy heiress played by Meg Tilly. As their romance blossoms, Whalen's true intentions start to unfold. Behind the charm and wit lies a sinister agenda, setting the stage for a thrilling game of deception. The narrative intricately weaves themes of love, lust, betrayal and suspense, resulting in a gripping plot full of unexpected twists and turns, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats.


The Cast of Masquerade

  • Rob Lowe as Tim Whalen: Lowe once again proves his versatility, taking on the role of the cunning yet charismatic yacht captain Tim Whalen. His character carries a facade of charm, hiding a sinister plot beneath, making him an enigmatic persona throughout the film. Lowe's portrayal of the paradoxical character, juggling between charm and deceit, accentuates the thrilling narrative of Masquerade.
  • Meg Tilly as Olivia Lawrence: Tilly plays the part of the rich, naive heiress Olivia Lawrence, who falls for Whalen's charm. Her character is a blend of vulnerability and resilience, which Tilly captures with refined subtlety. Her performance adds the necessary emotional depth to the plot, making the narrative more compelling.
  • Kim Cattrall as Brooke Morrison: Cattrall takes on the role of Brooke, Olivia's sly and calculating stepmother, who harbours her own deceptive motives. Her portrayal of Brooke adds another layer of intrigue and suspense to the storyline, making it more engrossing.
  • John Glover as Tony Gateworth: Glover plays Tony, another antagonist in the film, who is part of the deceitful scheme. His menacing performance adds tension to the plot, contributing to the overall suspense and thrill of the film.

Reception of Masquerade

Upon its release, Masquerade was met with mixed reviews from critics. The narrative's intricate web of deception and Lowe's charismatic portrayal of Tim Whalen were praised. However, the film was also criticised for its lack of depth and character development.

Tim with Tony: Masquerade (1988)

The New York Times deemed it a "slick, glossy thriller that is handsome but hollow", while Variety praised its "deft direction and Lowe's charismatic performance". The Chicago Tribune also highlighted Lowe's charming portrayal of the deceptive Whalen, but noted that the plot, despite its potential, fell short of delivering a fully engaging experience. Masquerade didn't quite achieve commercial success, but it marked another turning point in Rob Lowe's career, demonstrating his ability to handle a wider range of roles and genres. In retrospect, it's a testament to Lowe's versatility and his knack for keeping audiences on their toes.


Illegally Yours (1988)

Illegally Yours (1988) poster

Next in line for Rob Lowe's 80s filmography is the comedy-mystery film Illegally Yours, released in 1988. Under the directorial hand of Peter Bogdanovich, Lowe took on the role of Richard Dice, an accidental juror who finds himself entangled in a murder trial of a woman he's inconveniently in love with. Yes, you heard right. Love, murder, and jury duty - talk about a chaotic cocktail of a plot! The film is a switch from Lowe's previous roles, displaying his capability to balance drama, romance, and comedy simultaneously. It may not have been a box-office boomer or a critics' darling, but Illegally Yours holds a special spot in Lowe's repertoire, showcasing a comedic edge to his acting ability that would later become a significant part of his career. So, if you're up for a touch of mystery, a dash of romance, and a handful of unexpected laughs, you might want to give Illegally Yours a go. After all, who can resist the 80s Rob Lowe charm, even when he's stuck in jury duty?


The Plot of Illegally Yours

The narrative of Illegally Yours revolves around Richard Dice, played by our man Rob Lowe, a hapless everyman who inadvertently winds up serving on the jury for a murder trial. However, this isn't just any ordinary trial.

Richard and Regina: Illegally Yours (1988)

The defendant happens to be a woman with whom Dice has been infatuated since high school. Talk about a sticky wicket! Dice finds himself wrapped up not only in the intricacies of the justice system but also a complicated web of love, loyalty, and comedic confusion. As the trial unfolds, Dice must navigate a series of misadventures, attempting to prove the innocence of his long-time crush while grappling with his feelings for her and the ethical implications of his actions. The plot, peppered with a healthy dose of 80s humor and suspense, takes us on a wild, unpredictable ride, as we join Lowe's character in unravelling the truth behind the crime. The film cleverly combines elements of romance, comedy, and mystery, showcasing Lowe's capacity to handle a multi-genre narrative. Illegally Yours might not be Lowe's most critically acclaimed film, but it's an enjoyable romp, proving that even jury duty can be fun when Rob Lowe's involved.


The Cast of Illegally Yours

  • Rob Lowe as Richard Dice: Lowe plays the role of Richard Dice, the unsuspecting juror who finds himself humorously entangled in a murder trial of his long-time crush. He skillfully manages to bring a blend of comedy, romance, and drama to his character, underlining his ability to handle a range of acting styles.
  • Colleen Camp as Regina 'Gina' Buford: Camp takes on the role of the defendant and Dice's high school crush, Gina Buford. She delivers a performance filled with charm and complexity, contributing to the romantic tension and the comedic undertone of the film.
  • Kenneth Mars as Hal B. Keeler: Mars plays the part of the eccentric attorney Hal B. Keeler, whose antics add a layer of comedy to the legal proceedings. His performance brings in the necessary whimsy and lightness to the courtroom scenes.
  • Ira Heiden as Teddy: Heiden portrays Teddy, Richard Dice's loyal yet slightly bumbling best friend. He provides the comic relief and supports Dice through his series of misadventures, adding an element of camaraderie to the narrative.

Analysis of the Comedic Elements

In Illegally Yours, humour is a critical aspect that permeates the narrative, providing light-hearted moments that counterbalance the more serious undertones of a murder trial.

Regina and Richard: Illegally Yours

Lowe's character, Richard Dice, is the fulcrum of the comedy, his hapless innocence and the absurdity of his predicament offering a wellspring of humour. His attempts to navigate the intricacies of a judicial proceeding, while wrestling with his feelings for the defendant, are comedic gold. The character's reactions to the absurdities unfolded in the courtroom epitomise situational comedy.

The supporting cast also provide their fair share of laughs. Kenneth Mars' portrayal of the eccentric attorney Hal B. Keeler is a treasure trove of comedy, with his over-the-top courtroom antics and outlandish theories. This quixotic character, combined with the amusing dynamics of courtroom banter, infuses the serious setting with an air of whimsy and hilarity.

Illegally Yours

Additionally, the character of Teddy, played by Ira Heiden, introduces elements of slapstick comedy and bromantic humour. Teddy's slightly bumbling nature and his unwavering support for Richard through his series of misadventures add a layer of relatability and light-heartedness to the storyline.

The comedy in Illegally Yours is a blend of situational, character-driven, and slapstick humour, creating a unique mixture that keeps audiences engaged and entertained, despite the serious backdrop of a murder trial. It's a testament to the versatility of 80s Rob Lowe, who manages to inject comic relief into an otherwise intense narrative, proving that even in the face of crime and justice, there's always room for a good laugh.


Farewell to Rob Lowe's 80s Era

As we bid adieu to the colourful tapestry that is Rob Lowe's 80s filmography, it's impossible not to admire the array of roles that he fearlessly embodied.

Rob Lowe 1983

From starry-eyed dreamer to romantic lead, from comedic hero to unsuspecting juror - Lowe's performances have traversed a vast spectrum, each more enchanting than the last. The minute nuances, the infectious charm, the comedic timing - every element of his acting prowess was on full display during this period. Whether it's the courtroom capers of Illegally Yours or his other cinematic ventures, Lowe's 80s era stands as a testament to his acting versatility and charismatic presence. So here's to the unforgettable charm of 80s Rob Lowe, a quintessential part of a decade that was as vibrant and dynamic as the actor himself. The curtain might have closed on this chapter of his career, but the legacy of his performances will continue to resonate with audiences, both old and new.