A girl from the wrong side of the tracks and her complicated life (by Cress)
This movie set in the mid 80s era of brat-pack movies is a unique shining star. Molly Ringwald is Andie a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who has romantic interests from both sides of the spectrum; Duckie Jon Cryer who's puppy dog love for her is both sweet and endearing to watch, and Blane Andrew McCarthy the rich guy who has everything going for him. What follows is Andie having to deal with this, the bitchy cheerleader type girls at school, her loving but dishonest father An excellent Harry Dean Stanton and through all this will she get an invitation to the prom? This is a <more>
great film with both Blane and Andie having to deal with their friends disagreeing with their relationship. Steff James Spader at one of his very best Blane's best friend, who tries to make Blane decide between Andie and himself when really he just wants a finger in the pie. Annie Potts as Iona, Andie's quirky older best friend is excellent and her weird and orginal costume changes throughout the movie are a high-point. This is an emotionally raw film a rarity at the time it was made. If you ask me this should have swept the Oscar nominations with Molly Ringwald getting Best Actress, but hey regardless of the miss of Oscars, watch this, it is a powerful film and a great piece of film making
My Favorite Movie of All Time! (by Molly Ringwald)
I love this movie. Let me tell you why. First off, the cast: Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, James Spader, Annie Potts, etc all bring their own special something to the movie. Jon Cryer in particular is perfect for the character of Duckie, an angst-ridden teen who yearns for Andie Molly Ringwald . They had a special showing of this movie in a theater in Orlando that I went to, and Duckie still to this day, had the whole audience laughing.I definitely recommend the soundtrack. It seems like every time I watch this movie and I've seen it so many times I find something new <more>
about it that I like even more. It's just such a cool movie about being independent and your own person. This is Molly's best role yet. Yes, her fashion is very outdated, but you have to realize that this was the 80's and Molly was trying to show her own uniqueness.I love the fact that Andie works at a record store, Trax, with punked-out Iona Annie Potts who is her confidant and funny to boot. The record store seems like a place you would find one day and just feel special for knowing it's there. I love her pink car. I love the club they go to and the Rave-Ups that play on-stage.In conclusion, this is a fabulous movie. Especially if you love the 80's!
John Hughes had his finger on the pulse of what it was like to be a teen in the 1980's. Segmented clique's galore, shy insecurity, shallow rich kids, nerds, and everything in between. What made this film great, as well as Hughes' other teen films was the portrayal of characters and the social stratification of the time. Believe it or not, these films, in a very real way were socially significant. Sure, the stories were a bit hokey, but the characters, and the depiction of their lifestyles were quite brilliant. Hughes also had a knack for including some of the best, non mainstream, <more>
music of the era in all his films of course many of the songs he used were the ones that defined real music of the 80's . I don't believe anyone before him has been able to accomplish such a task with a timepiece during the actual time read: "real time" as Hughes did. The only one to do it since in a radically different way mind you was Nikki Reid in Thirteen.
It is hard to believe that this was 13 years ago. Has it really been that long since we said goodbye to the Brat-Pack? When I watched Pretty In Pink it made me laugh, but more importantly it brought me back to a time that was fun, had less pressure in some ways , and there were a plethora of films that were made aimed at us teens. The early 80's will at least partly be remembered as a time when teen flicks ruled. Everything from Fast Times and Porky's to The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink, they were all there and they all tried to do the same thing. Entertain. Sure John Hughes <more>
always seemed to have some heavy issues in his films, but ultimately his films were there for us to enjoy for 90 minutes. Pretty In Pink is one of the best at accomplishing that.What makes this film such the standout that it is, is everything really. The actors were fresh and cool. The dialogue was smart and easy for us to relate to. The situations of love covered areas that we have probably all been through. There was the unobtainable love that just seemed like a fantasy. There was the two really good friends, one male and one female, that just weren't meant to be lovers and the heartbreak that one is inevitably going to experience. There was perhaps not being accepted by your love interests peers and so on. Watching this film I could understand how Duckie felt. I could feel his anger when he watches his best friend, and his secret love interest, date the personification of what and Andie consider the personification of snobbery. She has probably complained many a night about how she is tired of being treated unfairly just because she wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and now she dates one. I could feel Ducky's pain. And that can be attributed to John Hughes for writing a brilliant script, but also to Jon Cryer for making his character what he is. You can sense his insecurities and his undying devotion to a girl that he knows he will probably never get. And when he sits with Andies dad and chats about love, there is one of the greatest lines in the film. Jack Harry Dean Stanton tells him that you can't force love, it is either goging to happen or it isn't. You can't control these things. And that is what makes love so painful. While you may be perfect for someone, that someone wants the perfection of someone else. And that sucks, love's a bitch Duck. Love's a bitch.Pretty In Pink epitomizes everything that made the 80's a great time for teen flicks. Secret loves, proms, a great soundtrack and John Hughes. What more can you ask for? This is one of the best.
I was worried how this excellent picture was going to finish: would Molly Ringwald's character end up with cute Duckie Jon Cryer or beautiful blazing blue-eyed Blane Andrew McCarthy in the final, famous prom scene? It's set to the magnificent "If You Leave" a quintessential 1980s tune, by OMD. Without giving anything away here, as per the DVD special features, the original ending was re-shot when test audiences did not like the finale. They were dead right. Pretty in any color Ringwald portrays a teen-aged girl called Andie from the wrong side of the tracks literally <more>
living with her broken-down father Harry Dean Stanton , whose wife ditched them. Andie tries to fit in with her high school peers, which includes a snooty rich dude James Spader , his also well-to-do friend McCarthy , who is taken by the engaging Ringwald. Cryer, as "Duckie" is smitten with Ringwald, and is also on the poor side. Annie Potts is wacky and fun as a record-store owner, while Cryer shines in a lip-sync act in the store. What scene that I didn't expect and is a true highlight is when Blane asks Andie to the prom after a difficult first date and she plants a big kiss on him and it was amazing; very last scene in car parking lot will still warm your heart. This was written by John Hughes and could be his best film, direction by Howard Deutch is wonderful, musical score couldn't be better, all the leads extraordinary, especially Ringwald. She cites this as her favorite of her films, and can be assured of her place in Hollywood as THE icon of the teen 1980s.
better late than never! (by sunchick116-872-583383)
I was born in December 1985 so for me to see this movie when it came out was impossible. i finally got around to it though, 31 years later, and was so delighted. it's such a lovely romantic movie, told from a different perspective than we're used to. nowadays, we're used to the 'popular girl meets nerdy girl' cliché, but 'pretty in pink' started it. this probably won't be very feminist of me, but I always feel for the male characters in these films. they're torn between their hearts and who they want to be with in this case, Blaine and andie and their <more>
heads, whether they have to weigh social status, what friends will say, etc. Everyone keeps saying Ducky is their favorite part of this movie. I disagree. he was an awful, awful friend, clouded by his jealousy. Iona was the truly supportive, helpful one. I was so pleased to read the ending was re-shot, because a ducky did not deserve andie and B it gave Blaine a chance to redeem himself. i think what a lot of people forget about this film is that these are teenage characters. their hormones are a mess, and they're impressionable. i can't blame Blaine for worrying about his social status when his prick best friend threatens it. the important thing is he finally stands up for himself in the end, and that shows he has the biggest character growth of everyone. I did have a major issue with the story though-we go from a scene where andie and Blaine are being lovey dove and everything's great, to Blaine ignoring her. obviously, by the end of the film, we understand stef and everyone else got to him, but there's a major flaw in the writing that doesn't show how we got from point A to point B. there was something missing there, so for that alone, i took away a point. overall, the near perfect film for a romantic like me!
80s teen classic illustrates some impressive talent. (by emm)
PRETTY IN PINK and Molly Ringwald were to the 80s, as CLUELESS and Alicia Silverstone is to the 90s. An excellent cast and some fine acting were guaranteed enough to have branded this a teenage classic from the 80s. They don't make good movies like this anymore! The clever talent from John Hughes doesn't just mean it's a far-out comedy, but he expresses the problems of young love from central character Ringwald that sound dramatic and satirizing. In other words, a girl-meets-boy story that offers a wide spectrum of situations that are confronted in the real world. Like I already <more>
said, the cast is exceptional, including the sensational Jon Cryer doing a lip-synching of that familiar tune from THE COMMITMENTS. Annie Potts is a pure delight at changing one wig after the next what a nice impersonation of Audrey Hepburn! . The movie wouldn't have been anywhere near complete without the memorable hit tune "If You Leave" Orchestral Manoevers In The Dark . While the end has a hard time getting things straight, there is a valuable moment that caresses deeply. From start to finish, this one still holds up against the recent string of teen pictures that aren't as cool or refreshing CLUELESS and REALITY BITES are the exceptions . A movie like this is great when it's not so raunchy.
Very confusing... and a bit frustrating too (by pessimistic_girl)
Ok for starters I would just like to break down the summary on the back of my video. SPOILER WARNING:"He's a rich heartthrob and she's a poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks..."POOR?! POOR!? She lives in a HOUSE, they have TWO cars and a dog a big one at that and still she's poor? Then what am I, living in an apartment, no car and a little cat? Sounds to me like I might as well be on the streets."...they face the peer pressure..."HUH? There were only TWO people that had any real objections to Blane and Andie and those were; Steff who was mad Andie <more>
wouldn't date him and Duckie who was also mad Andie wouldn't date him . Other than that I don't see what peer pressure they're talking about. Betty? She didn't like Andie anyway, and from the looks of it she was no friend of Blane's.But leaving these two facts aside the movie is pretty enjoyable, except for the pairing of Andie and Blane, but that's mostly because I do not think Andie deserves Blane, no way. And that's no being prejudice or anything it's that I'm no fan of Molly Ringwald and big fan of Andrew McCarthy. Plus I don't think I even have to comment on the fact that Andie was so NOT pretty in pink. What was she wearing to the prom, a garbage bag?The real highlights of this movie are Steff with Blane and Duckie. Furthermore Steff seems to be the only one with a smidge of common sense. All in all maybe you have to be American to understand the whole 'peer pressure' 'poor' sorta thing but no matter how cliché this movie gets I still find myself watching it almost once a week. So it must've done something right.
Wear pink even if it doesn't suit you (by Radiant_Rose)
In reply to two of the most frequent IMDb topics on this film.1 Yes, I think Andie's prom dress looks hideous. It isn't because pink clashes with her red hair. I think it's brave of her to wear a colour she likes regardless. But the shape is horrid.2 Given the choice, I would go for Steff. He is the best looking of Andie's options. But only if I could gag him or get him to drug himself so he wouldn't be able to say horrid things to me. If it's a question of personality, Andie should go for Iona. She is just as loyal as Duckie, but less clingy and with an adventurous <more>