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Posted at 2:02 PM ET, 02/12/2010

Friday list, valentine edition: Eight teen-movie couples to cherish

By Jen Chaney

It's valentine season. Not that you could possibly forget, what with your local cineplex dominated by "Dear John" and "Valentine's Day," the rom-com with the Google-optimized title and the cast list that won't quit.

So in honor of Feb. 14, that special winter day reserved for mediocre chick flicks, cavity-causing candy hearts and cards that say "I choo- choo- choose you," I bring you this very special Friday list. Today's topic: Teen movie couples we hope stay together forever.

In some cinematic stories about first love, the couple's fate is pretty much sealed. (See every version of "Romeo and Juliet," or, say, "A Walk to Remember.") In other cases, even when there's a happy ending, you pretty much know the besotted protagonists don't have much of a long-term future. (See, much as it pains me to say it, Andie and Blaine from "Pretty in Pink.")

But then there are the high-school movie couples you really root for, the ones that make you think: "You know, those kids have half a chance of making it work. If they weren't fictional and their lives actually continued after these credits finished rolling, they just might grow up, get married and eventually need to register at Kids R Us for bottle warmers and Bibsters."

Here are eight teen-movie twosomes that fit in that category:

Patrick and Kat from "10 Things I Hate About You":

They may initially clash in classic, shrew-taming fashion, but Patrick (Heath Ledger) and Kat (Julia Stiles) share a fiery, anti-authoritarian streak that binds them together. Besides, who wouldn't fall in permanent love with a guy who serenaded her by singing this song (see clip below) while high-stepping through the bleachers?

Stacy and Rat from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High":

The closing credits of this quintessential early '80s teen flick tell us that the sexually curious Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and the kindhearted but nerdy Mark "Rat" Ratner (Brian Backer) are having a passionate love affair. I'd like to think that love affair continued. Stacy's gotta be somebody's baby; why not Mark's?

Napoleon and Deb from "Napoleon Dynamite":

When two people this odd find each other, bond over liger drawings and share a very special slow dance to "Time After Time," they stay together for life.

Tony and Sabrina from "Dazed and Confused":

She's a freshman who's just spent an entire afternoon being berated by Parker Posey. He's a smart, slightly geeky soon-to-be senior with a neurotic best friend who suddenly "wants to dance." Tony (Anthony Rapp) and Sabrina (Christin Hinojosa) meet on a strange 1976 day, but I like to think their tentative gentleness with one another will build into something that lasts long after the final notes of Foghat fade.

Andrew and Allison from "The Breakfast Club":

Look, we all know Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald) and John Bender (Judd Nelson) don't have a prayer of having a relationship outside of a custodian's closet on detention day. (Or, ahem, on the hood of Claire's parents' car.) But Andrew (Emilio Estevez) and Allison (Ally Sheedy) -- while coming from equally opposed social cliques -- might have a future. Even before Claire "made Allison pretty," Andrew was drawn to her and she to him. After fleeing the confines of Shermer High School and reconnecting post-college, I say Andrew and Allison finally got together over a couple of beers and laughed heartily over Bender's mispronunciation of Moliere.

Dionne and Murray from "Clueless":

I'd love for Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Josh (Paul Rudd) to still be together after all these years. But I'd love it even more if Dionne (Stacey Dash) and Murray (Donald Faison) -- the always bickering but always faithful pair from Amy Heckerling's '90s riff on Jane Austen -- managed to maintain a relationship. As Murray pointed out after shaving his head, he's the kind of guy who keeps it real. And nothing seemed realer than his goofball love for his ultra-stylish lady.

Rina and Lucas in "Lucas":

Anyone with a working pair of eyes could see that Rina (Winona Ryder, in her movie debut) had a big 'ol crush on the sweet, bespectacled Lucas (Corey Haim, pre-"Lost Boys"). Except, of course, Lucas. Sometime after that climactic, closing slow-clap scene ends, I predict that Lucas finally hits puberty, realizes Rina is a total babe and sweeps her off her gangly teen-movie feet.

Lloyd and Diane in "Say Anything...":

My cynical side says no way this relationship lasted beyond the first few months of Diane's fellowship in London. Then again, no one ever would have predicted that the prim valedictorian would date an impulsive, motormouth kickboxer. So, this being Valentine's Day weekend and all, I'll let my romantic, optimistic side rule here and say that the ding of the fasten seat belt sign at the end of Cameron Crowe's rom-com masterpiece only signaled the beginning for Lloyd (John Cusack) and Diane (Ione Skye).

Guest Celebritologist Jen Chaney knows you are going to ask why she didn't include Samantha Baker and Jake Ryan from "16 Candles" on this list. The answer is simple: because Jake Ryan was destined to be with Jen.

By Jen Chaney  | February 12, 2010; 2:02 PM ET
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Juno and Paulie of Juno (2007).

Posted by: Beach_Girl | February 12, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

you cannot have this list without Veronica and JD from Heathers...
no no no no

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | February 12, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Watts and Keith- Some Kind of Wonderful

Posted by: henrythepenguin | February 13, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Someone needs to watch Heathers again. JD was a psychopathic killer who blows himself up at the end of the movie. Not much future in that...

Posted by: MartiniJr | February 13, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

in the original treatment veronica blew up the school in the end - veronica and jd had a love that transcended their destructive natures... hrm... you know... looking back from a valentines day perspective... perhaps my sense of explosive romanticism explains why so many of my personal relationships have ended badly (though, of course, not THAT badly) ;)

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | February 14, 2010 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Baby and Johnny anyone? Hello!

Posted by: jhershelredpuppy1 | February 15, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

buffy and pike (luke perry)

Posted by: not-lisa | February 15, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse


RIP Doug Fieger, you made me very happy & sane during my jr. high years in the early 80s.

Posted by: wadejg | February 15, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Ferris and Slone.

Posted by: Roxie1 | February 16, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

As much as I love Baby and Johnny, I always got the sense at the end of the movie that they knew it was a summer romance and that they'd go seperate ways.

I love that Channing Tatum is married to his co-star in Step Up (totally underrated dance high school movie) so I believe their characters make it too!

Posted by: sjcpeach | February 16, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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