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80s props in St. Elmo’s Fire, part 1


Judd Nelson makes out with Ally Sheedy over her drafting table. Assuming she’s supposed to be an architect, today architects would do their work on a computer and not on a drafting table with various obsolete accoutrements.

Notice the electric pencil sharpener? I had one just like that when I was a kid. When’s the last time you saw an electric pencil sharpener? (And if you do have a modern electric pencil sharpener, here’s a YouTube video showing how modern sharpeners suck compared to the one Ally Sheedy has.)

You probably don’t notice the open box of Hostess’s powdered donuts to the left of the pencil sharpener because they aren’t that obvious from this angle. Prole food like that would be out of place in a contemporary movie about young SWPLs.

Ally Sheedy wears Judd Nelson’s man-pajamas instead of sexy lingerie, demonstrating her cute tomboyishness. Men used to wear pajamas like that to bed back in the 1980s. There’s nothing like that today at (OK, exaggeration, among the huge number of items at Macy’s, there are three or four pajama sets for the geriatric customers who can’t get used to the new way of sleeping or lounging around the house.)

How do they afford such a big apartment? I guess the same way the people in the show Friends lived in that huge Manhattan apartment. I am pretty sure the apartment reflects her minimalist artsy design tastes and not his more practical DC-power-career tastes.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 7, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Posted in Movies

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  1. We’ve gone through countless pencil sharpeners and I yearned for the electric pencil sharpener of my youth that sat in my dad’s office. It looked like the one in the picture and lasted more than a decade.

    However, last year we found one on amazon that has been sturdy and sharpens as well as the old fashioned kind.

    slithy toves

    January 7, 2016 at 4:19 pm

  2. [O-T]While the US grudgingly fund DNA sequencing/personalized medicine, China goes all-in.


    January 7, 2016 at 4:33 pm

  3. Regarding the shrinking of personal space….

    I’ve noticed that SWPLs that hail from the suburbs are getting used to smaller homes and less space. The metropoles I’ve been living in on the west coast are building minitownhomes with three storeys, no yards and one-car garages for just a shade under a million. It’s amazing about how quickly we’ve become accustomed to so little space in order to avoid traffic mayhem and horrendous commutes.

    Sure Amazon and Netflix can deliver just about any ebook or film in an instant, but the crummy electric pencil sharpeners are just one of many commodities that has gotten much worse. What other products can’t we get satisfactory quality anymore?

    Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    January 7, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    • All results of overpopulation – the true killer of quality of life.

      Vladivostok 2000

      January 7, 2016 at 10:23 pm

  4. If you work in a school, you see them every day.


    January 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm

  5. I still have that exact sharpener. Really.


    January 7, 2016 at 4:59 pm

  6. St. Elmo’s Fire is like the Dinner Club of the the Breakfast Club.

    Housing in the 80s were relatively cheap. And there was no Manhattan and San Fran status signaling back then, to mind control the female’s hypergamous proclivity.


    January 7, 2016 at 5:08 pm

  7. and #dat work lamp!!!


    January 7, 2016 at 5:13 pm

  8. Oh man, you got me looking at pencil-sharpener videos. Check this one out:


    January 7, 2016 at 6:03 pm

  9. Eeeeewww! She’s kissing JUDD NELSON! 😦

    Robert the Wise

    January 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm

  10. Amazon has hundreds of different pencil sharpeners for sale.



    January 7, 2016 at 10:31 pm

  11. Did Judd Nelson ever play a nice guy? What’s he doing now?


    January 7, 2016 at 11:05 pm

  12. Ally Sheedy wears Judd Nelson’s man-pajamas

    Where’s the picture of the man-pajamas?


    January 8, 2016 at 7:13 am

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