Pretty in Pink
Blane's a pretty cool guy. Andie's pretty in pink. And Ducky's pretty crazy.
Young Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy from school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet?
It's been over 14 hours since I finished watching Pretty In Pink and I'm still pretty angry that Molly Ringwald chose that guy. You know the one. I'm not going to say his name because then I'll have to tick the spoilers box and then people who haven't seen it won't read this review, missing my essential pearls of wisdom about a film that will no doubt make their whole day a lot more worthwhile.
Sorry about that, touch of the old sniffles are making me somewhat crabby. THE ENDING TO PRETTY IN PINK DIDN'T HELP. A friend of mine made an interesting point about…
John Hughes’ mawkishly penned Pretty in Pink is a neon-tinged Cinderella love story built around class warfare. Though riddled with cliches and heavy-handed sentimentality, I find it quaintly charming and not just because of that infectious, droll ‘80s nostalgia. This movie reeks of the decade’s Zeitgeist but it’s got a universality to it that makes its themes relatable and all the more poignant.
Molly Ringwald, Lady Brat Pack herself and yesteryear’s Emma Stone, is trendy high school outsider Andie, born to a working-class household in a role reversal from her previous outing with Hughes, The Breakfast Club. She lives with her unemployed father Jack, played by the great Harry Dean Stanton. Andie’s so poor, the girl’s forced to craft her…
“I really liked your computer trick.”
Right there alongside Sixteen candles, and The breakfast club, and that one with that scene with Peter Gabriel’s song out of a boombox that I still want to recreate in my own life one day™ – a warm and honest (and, above all, awkward!) exploration of growing up and coming to terms with one’s identity.
Those movies are all very curious to me. When I was growing up on the other side of the pond, The wonder years felt as exotic as Baywatch. The prom, school lockers, suburbia, large parties in parents’s houses, teenagers having cars… all those things could never register as memories for me – only as very distinctive on-screen Americana.
This film is essentially the end of Ringwalds career giving her last notable performance. Its a shame really, I kind of like her. While this time it wasn't Hughes behind the camera giving her direction, it was his script and words that bring her ever popular teen facade to realization. This performance is more akin to her first taste of stardom in Sixteen Candles, both awkward outsiders of the harsh teenage terrain looking for acceptance and fulfillment.
At first glance, Pretty in Pink seems like a more realistic or down to earth approach to the teen girl story. It refrains as best it can from being over the top and too comical (with the exception of Cryer and Potts). However…
Oh, the emotional roller coaster of being a teenager. The polarising social cliques, the distressing fashions, the songs that seem to be written solely for you, the crushing unrequited loves, the dowdy ginger girl who's actually quite attractive in the right light.
Riding the crest of a cultural wave, John Hughes does an outstanding job with the screenplay which Howard Deutch does a reasonable job of deciphering.
Molly Ringwald does a brilliant job playing the same character she plays in every 80's teen movie. Doesn't matter her social background, deep down she's just your average girl next door. All heart and flaming red hair.
Jon Cryer is painful to watch as the sad victim of a love spurned, bad dress…
It doesn't make much sense. But all the same, I loved every second of it.
Classic 80's madness - I'm a sucker for it.
Film #23 of Cinebro's 100 Film Challenge
James Spader!! I was more excited to see Spader than anyone else in this film, but the only thing I have ever seen Spader in is Boston Legal. So I wasn't use to him at this young age or playing a villain type of role? I hate to say villain because I don't feel that this film has a villain expect society and all that other stuff that John Hughes likes to put in his films.
I mean no disrespect to Hughes but I didn't overly like The Breakfast Club and this film, while not directed by him, I am not that big a fan of either. The only great thing that this…
The last 6 months, I've made an effort to watch a lot of the iconic 80's teen movies, which I never really experienced until now. When it comes to this movie, I can't tell whether it's just a bad movie or if I've become tired of Molly Ringwald and John Hughes's shtick.
There isn't anything particularly special here; the characters are annoying, there plot isn't anything special, nor is there some deeper message to come out of it. It's entertains just enough to prevent you from walking away.
this film might not be as fun, this film might not be as subtle with its own agenda but still there is plenty to enjoy.
MOLLY RINGWALD is as good as she is in every other movie by JOHN HUGHES but as always it is a supporting actor, this time JON CRYER, the one who steals the whole thing.
the writing is almost as good as always but the poor versus rich plot line comes off more as an after-school special lesson than the simple and the subtle themes we were used to.
the directing [obviosuly] is not as good but the production design feels fresh specially the costume design which seems more stylish.
in a SENTENCE: a sweet love story that might be preachy but it is still as full of charm and wit as every other movie in JOHN HUGHES’ career.
It's a pretty decent movie. If you're feeling in the mood for something light-hearted, this is definitely something to watch. I was a little frustrated though, because the teens are stupid and adults just believe they're in love when they've only known each other for a month or two.l
Such a classic
This movie is how I would imagine being fingered by Micky Rourke would feel like.
At first it seems you really don't like the idea of it but the more it happens you get used to it and begin to your captors charm.
Save me, Duckie.