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Pretty in Pink

Director: Howard Deutch; Stars: Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy; Release Date: August 29, 2006

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More than pretty, this movie is beautiful

  • Dec 11, 2008
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Pretty in Pink is the quintessential high school romance movie.  Molly Ringwald as Andie Walsh is the classic, angsty teen who is beautiful, vibrant, smart and funny...but sees none of it herself, which anyone who has been through high school can relate to.  So when a popular, handsome boy seems to take a liking to her, she can't help but be suspicious.  Ringwald's honest and charming performance has stood the test of time.  Hughes' characters are genuine and memorable.  Even though I wasn't old enough to see Pretty in Pink when it came out, it still stands out to me as a movie that reached me at an awkward but important time: adolescence. 

The relationship between Andie and Duckie is so poignant that just thinking about Duckie, sitting out side in the rain, head in his hands, while Andie goes on a date with Blane -- it breaks my heart every time.  And Annie Potts is so adorable as Andie's older friend, who has been through her own series of heartbreaks and offers kind, motherly advice to the motherless girl.  In this movie, all of the drama and grit is wrapped up in a pretty, pink package.

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December 12, 2008
I remember watching this on TV in third grade when my parents didn't allow me to watch teen flicks. Andrew McCarthey prematurely sent me into a hormonal rampage.
 
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Andie's (Molly Ringwald) a good student who develops a crush on Blane (Andrew McCarthy), the sensitive, well-born preppie. But Blane runs with a fast crowd of haughty rich kids, the kind of clique Andie and her new wavy best friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) can't stand. Going against her fretting father (Harry Dean Stanton), peer pressure and social expectations, she decides to date him. But their big plans for the senior prom ultimately fall apart when Blane heeds his friend Steff's (James Spader) warning …
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Pretty but poor, Andie's (Molly Ringwald) a good student who develops a crush on Blane (Andrew McCarthy), the sensitive, well-born preppie. But Blane runs with a fast crowd of haughty rich kids, the kind of clique Andie and her new wavy best friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) can't stand. Going against her fretting father (Harry Dean Stanton), peer pressure and social expectations, she decides to date him. But their big plans for the senior prom ultimately fall apart when Blane heeds his friend Steff's (James Spader) warning to "quit slumming." Will Blane find the courage to claim what he really wants and give up the so-called friends he doesn't need?

This classic 1980s teen film from the master of the genre, writer-producer John Hughes features plenty of great '80s pop tunes from the Psychedelic Furs, The Smiths, Echo and The Bunnymen, New Order, and more. The continued success of Hughes' films and actors ushered in the era of the "brat pack" and teen films as pop culture.
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Release Date: 1986
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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