Monday, December 22, 2014

Monty's Crush of the Week - 2014 Christmas Special

Well folks, if you've been keeping up with us, you know we ran into a bit of trouble recently due to a virus attack. Had to completely restore the ol' computer, lost some precious files, went without internet access for a spell, and that's why we didn't have the plethora of Christmas posts we normally have at this time of year. On top of that, almost as soon as I had things up and running again, I was scheduled to go out of town for about 3 days. I'm back now though, and I'm gonna try to get a few more festive posts in before the holidays are over! And since I haven't gotten to do one at all this month, and I've got a ton of cookies to bake tonight (these are usually quicker than my other types of posts), here's a holiday-themed Crush of the Week for ya!

Noelle Parker
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

Noelle Parker is probably best known for her role as spunky teen runaway Harmony in 1988's "Ernest Saves Christmas", one of those films that has become a true Christmas classic for those of us who grew up with it, and definitely among the best of Jim Varney's many Ernest P. Worrell films. Harmony initially comes off as the typical, street smart, 80's teen-runaway character, but Noelle brings a lot more talent and vulnerability to the role than is usually seen. One of the best examples of the former is in the scene that really gets me the most, and the main reason I'm making her a Crush of the Week.

Yes, complete with pigtails and school uniform, Noelle/Harmony puts on a totally different personality (and voice) when she and Ernest go undercover to break Santa Claus out of jail, and it just happens to be uber hot the way she does it. Harmony passes herself off as the governor's studious, eyelash-batting, hair-twirling niece, Mindy, while Ernest pretends to be a government employee investigating treatment of prisoners. The two manage to break Santa out by claiming to be taking him to a more appropriate facility for dealing with mental cases who think they're Santa Claus.

Yeah, Mindy knows what she's doing, and it's a really, really hot bit of acting if the whole pigtails and school uniform thing is, well, your thing...

Unfortunately, it IS just an act, and after that one scene, Mindy is gone, and Harmony is back to being a disenchanted, wannabe tough-chick. 

She's still really cute, in the rest of the movie, but also kinda sweaty and runaway looking. Appropriate, but really, it's the Mindy scene that gets me every time.

Whether you prefer Noelle as Mindy or Harmony though, she's a great part of a great Christmas movie I highly recommend. This one might even be enjoyable for those weirdos out there who AREN'T Ernest P. Worrell fans, ha ha!

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