Something I truly geek out over is production design. Production design is a crucial and essential element that allows a movie-goer to fully indulge in cinematic fantasy, but often a symptom of its quality is that it goes overlooked.
An interior from any Nancy Meyers movie would have been an obvious place to start but I thought I’d begin with an off-beat favorite of mine. Almost everyone would agree that St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) was a Brat Pack stinker. The cast was stacked with talent (Demi Moore, Andie McDowell, etc) but they all buckled under the weight of a lethargic story line and painfully under-developed characters. The only good things about this film:
1.) Rob Lowe, at peak pre-West Wing era hotness, playing the sax
2.) The phenomenal Nike mural in the apartment owned by Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson’s characters
Looking at just the interior, it's hard to tell this film is over 30 years old: the hardwood floors, the repurposing of a billboard as wall art, the white spaciousness of it all is peak millennial chicness. You can almost imagine 2018 versions of the yuppie characters going about their day: Judd Nelson lovingly rearranging Japanese whisky bottles on a limited edition Supreme bar cart while Ally Sheedy downs her Adderall with a smoothie filled with Moonjuice adaptogens. Of course this takes place in an alternate universe where present day Georgetown graduates actually have the option of affordable housing and disposable income.
While falling deeper into the internet rabbit hole of this Nike mural, I found out that the original image, named the "Battle of Atlanta", was shot by photographer Chuck Rogers at a 10k in 1978. I also found this lovely uncommissioned alteration of the billboard by Atlanta-based street artist Evereman.