I know he's a good-looking guy NOW, but man this makes me chuckle. Only people who grew up in the '80s as ravenous movie freaks will see where I'm going with this, but ... Patrick Dempsey is now a sex symbol, thanks entirely to his work (and his look) on a very popular medical series that I've never seen. (I think it's called Boston Elsewhere E/R Mercy Anatomy Clinic.)
Before we continue, please know that this is not any sort of attack on Mr. Dempsey. Matter of fact, he's one of those actors I feel I kinda "grew up with," not unlike John Cusack, Robert Downey Jr., and Johnny Depp. (Yes, my generation produced talented actors. Deal with it.) On top of the fact that I enjoy Dempsey's on-screen antics, the guy now represents the ultimate geeky guy dream: to struggle and suffer through our awkward teen years, completely awash in nerdliness, only to pop up at the high school reunion with bone structure and a hairline that women coo over. Patrick Dempsey is, in every way, the ugly duckling come to life.
A quick trip back to the 1980s: Mr. Dempsey makes his debut in the generally witless Heaven Help Us; he pops up in Meatballs 3; he plays the Robert Romanus role in the sitcom version of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Typical young actor work. Then he gets the lead role in In the Mood, a fact-based period piece comedy about a young man who successfully wooed several older ladies. (Cute flick, actually.) That movie led to the two we're here to talk about: Can't Buy Me Love (1987) and Loverboy (1989).