Jake Ryan vs. Blane McDonough

April 21, 2010 by
Filed under: Entertainment, Mom Blogs 

So EVERYBODY knows who ‘Jake Ryan’ is… I won’t even dignify it with an answer.

But who is ‘Blane McDonough’? …

Blane is the guy from Pretty in Pink…

Remember- ‘Blane’… (Andrew McCarthy).

Yeah, I know.  I had to look up Blane’s last name on Wikipedia… I didn’t even remember it.

Which brings me to my topic today; it’s a topic for the ages-

Sixteen Candles vs. Pretty In Pink.

Which one is the better movie?

Before I make my argument,

I must tell you why I’m taking valuable time from my life to even write this…

A few weeks ago I read an interesting article in Vanity Fair on John Hughes, the creator of both films, and then I just read a blog post on Culture Brats, that I found via StumbleUpon, (I know, I can’t believe I’m being so ‘social media-savvy’ either) that discusses this very topic.  Karma?  Or maybe I just have Sixteen Candles on the brain right now?

Anyway, while the blog post on Culture Brats was extremely well thought out,

and I respect both sides of the argument…

It really comes down to one question:

Jake Ryan vs. Blane McDonough

and is there seriously anyone out there who can make a good argument for Blane ?

“Anyone… Anyone?” (to quote from another John Hughes movie, Ferris Buellar’s Day Off)

Jake Ryan was cool and and popular and a dreamboat… and kind and honest and liked a girl for the whole package- what was inside and out.

Who didn’t daydream about Jake Ryan?  I did.  And I’m not the daydreamer type.

Did you ever, honestly, pine over Blane?  We was a wimp; he only stood up for himself and ‘his girl’ at the very end of the movie… and he seems kinda-boring!

Who would you want to date- Jake! or Blane...

‘Blane’ doesn’t even sound cool in comparison to ‘Jake’!

To quote from another great movie, The Sure Thing’ from 1985 (substituting ‘Jake’ for ‘Nick’)-

“Yeah, Jake. Jake’s a real name. Jake’s your buddy. Jake’s the kind of guy you can trust, the kind of guy you can drink a beer with, the kind of guy who doesn’t mind if you puke in his car, Jake!”

And what about Farmer Ted (Anthony Michael Hall) vs. Duckie (Jon Cryer)?

Farmer Ted totally wins!  I’d kinda wanna be friends with Farmer Ted.  He’s a nice guy, basically.  He actually a ‘cool geek’.  And most importantly, he doesn’t get Samantha, but he recovers and isn’t pining over her.

But to get back to Jake Ryan, because he’s dreamy-

Jake still holds up today!  I’d date Jake (if I were single) right now, wearing exactly what he wore back then.  Blane and his friends in linen pants and linen blazers?!  That didn’t even look good back in the ’80’s’ !!  And the story!  That still holds up too!  In fact, I said in my Movie Review of Twilight,

“Teen angst, first love, plus vampires thrown in… and they are good vampires– are you kidding me?

This movie is 16 CANDLES and Jake Ryan is a cool vampire.”

So there you have it: Proof that Sixteen Candles wins over Pretty in Pink and thus,

Jake Ryan wins over Blane… whatever his last name is

But we already knew that, didn’t we  :)

What do you think?

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5 Comments on Jake Ryan vs. Blane McDonough

  1. KIM on Thu, 22nd Apr 2010 9:44 pm
  2. well i liked blane better…lol.He was dreamy. i thought jake ryan was a jerk. I hate those guys that look too perfect.

  3. Kate Coveny Hood on Thu, 29th Apr 2010 7:01 pm
  4. I have to agree with you. But then I’ve never understood Andrew McCarthy…for years I thought he was gay. Not sure how that’s relevant…just sayin’

  5. Bianca on Fri, 30th Apr 2010 10:39 pm
  6. “You like Jake?! Jake’s my boy!” Jake Ryan definitely! What teenage girl didn’t have a crush on the popular senior. And then to have him want to go out with you. That was my idea of a dream date! My husband teases me about Jake to this day.

  7. Victoria Gleeson on Thu, 10th Feb 2011 10:31 am
  8. I LOVED 16 Candles and I LOVED Jake Ryan. I always wanted to find a “Jake Ryan” for myself. And one day I did! Or rather he found me. I was dancing with my friends at Senior Bar in college and was tapped on the shoulder only to look up and see…Jake Ryan. Well, it wasn’t really Jake Ryan, but he sort of looked like him…and he was asking me to dance. And we did. And he walked me home to my dorm and we sat in my 24 hour lounge (because I went to Notre Dame where they had single sex dorms and boys were not allowed upstairs after certain hours)…so we sat in my 24 hour lounge where boys were allowed and we talked until sunrise. And years later, I married him. I married Jake Ryan….well, MY Jake Ryan. His name, as you know Nicole, is Tim…but he’ll always be my “Jake.”

  9. Rose Her on Mon, 30th Jul 2012 3:40 pm
  10. I’ve actually just watched both movies and I prefer Jake Ryan to Blane.
    But I think I would pick Farmer Ted than Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles.
    Farmer Ted is a really funny and cool kid who is more intriguing than Jake Ryan.

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