Pretty in Pink

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Molly Ringwald gives an outstanding performance in this sweet, intelligent teen comedy that takes an ancient premise and injects it with insight and wit.

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John Hughes crafts an exemplary '80s Brat Pack romance out of the standard Cinderella story in Pretty in Pink. Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) is a teenager who lives in the dingy part of town with her terminally underemployed dad (Harry Dean Stanton). She works at a record store with eccentric Ionia (Annie Potts) and is considered a misfit at her uppity high school, but somehow she rises above them all. Her oddball best friend, Duckie (Jon Cryer), is hopelessly in love with her, so he causes trouble for her romantic pursuits. When local rich kid Blaine (Andrew McCarthy) develops a fascination with her, they go out on a date together. Visiting the home bases of each social clique, they are basically ridiculed for their audacity to date one another. When Blaine eventually asks the delighted Andie to the prom, he is threatened by his rich friend Steff (James Spader). The romance versus high school social politics finally culminates at the big night of the prom. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast

Molly Ringwald
as Andie Walsh
Andrew McCarthy
as Blaine McDonough
Jon Cryer
as Phil 'Duckie' Dale
James Spader
as Steff McKee
Jim Haynie
as Mr. Donnelly
Bruno Coon
as Talk Back
Gina Gershon
as Girl Friend in Gym Class
Bader Howar
as Sales Girl
Christian Jacobs
as Boy in Record Store
Audre Johnson
as Benny's Mom
Melanie Manos
as Girl at Party
Maggie Roswell
as Mrs. Dietz
Jimmer Podrasky
as The Rave-Up
Tommy Blatnik
as The Rave-Up
Timothy J.
as The Rave-Up
Terry Wilson
as The Rave-Up
Bruno
as Talk Back
Jeffrey Hollie
as Talk Back
Kevin Ricard
as Talk Back
David Sutton
as Talk Back
Kevin Williams
as Talk Back
Rock Deadrick
as Talk Back
Karen Laine
as Girl at Prom
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Critic Reviews for Pretty in Pink

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  • Feb 23, 2020
    With the exception maybe of TV's Skins, I've never seen a portrayal of High School that shows how high school probably actually was, but John Hughes' films at least find a way to capture the way high school felt, and the way we thought it was. The scenarios and personalities are exaggerated, but they're still genuine. Pretty in Pink isn't one of his best, but it's an adequate entry into his filmography. I don't think he was the best at romance, and since this is a love story at its core, that's a slight issue. The male romantic lead is kinda' bland, and Jon Cryer as Duckie is charming and at times extremely funny, but his role as the obsessed best friend doesn't come off as charming as it maybe once did in a post Not Another Teen Movie world. Pretty in Pink gets a passing grade on the John Hughes scale. It's still much better and more honest than most high school, but it's certainly not his greatest entry. That doesn't make it a bad movie though, in fact it makes it a good movie, just not a great one maybe.
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  • Aug 27, 2014
    One of John Hughes' seminal films, Pretty in Pink is a coming-of-age romantic drama. Starring Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Annie Potts, Andrew McCarthy, and James Spader, the casting is exceptional. The story follows a poor girl from a lower class family who finds herself conflicted when she's asked out by one of her classmates who's part of an upper class clique. The script is especially well-written, particularly the characters; who feel authentic and fun. The soundtrack is also quite impressive, and features the pop hit "If You Leave" by OMD. A landmark film of the '80s, Pretty in Pink speaks to the social and personal struggles that teenagers face.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2014
    A sweet coming-of-age story with an adorable sense of humor, an awesome soundtrack and some superb performances by Stanton, Cryer and Potts, and if the end may not please you (like it did please me), the sincere way the movie shows the insecurities of youth definitely will.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2013
    In typical John Hughes fashion, Pretty in Pink is nostalgic, beautifully-filmed, touchingly honest, and wonderfully enjoyable.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer

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