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 Macys.com. (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.