Pretty In Pink (1986) Guest Review

20140304-063201 pm.jpg
This review for the John Hughes Blogathon comes from Kim of Tranquil Dreams. Thanks for being a part of this blogathon, Kim! Let’s see what she thought of Pretty In Pink. πŸ™‚

20140304-064347 pm.jpg

Pretty in Pink (1986)

Director: Howard Deutch

Writer: John Hughes

Cast: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Andrew McCarthy, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts, James Spader

Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) is a poor girl living with her father (Harry Dean Stanton), a man that dwells in the past and won’t accept the fact that his wife has left him. She is smart, gets good grades and works at a records store for an eccentric owner, Iona (Annie Potts). The school she goes to is above her level in society and for this, she is usually made fun of along with her childhood friend, Duckie (Jon Cryer). Duckie has had the longest crush on her but is scared to express his feelings, however, when she starts falling for a rich guy called Blane (Andrew McCarthy), he feels betrayed. However, Blane and Andie are also encountered by problems of their own on a social level and to find a balance to be accepted in each other’s world.

20140304-064634 pm.jpg

I’m going to confess right here and now that I’m a total newbie to John Hughes. Although, I mean I knew about his movies before I knew about him. Home Alone was kind of my thing when I was a kid and probably for the rest of the kids in my generation. But, full on John Hughes writing and all, I have to admit, Table 9 Mutant is the one who woke me up to it by first introducing me to Sixteen Candles and the very awesome Jake Ryan. So, Pretty in Pink seemed like the good choice to review for her John Hughes Blogathon.

Enough of my rambling, Pretty in Pink is a fun movie. Its not quite so well-written as Sixteen Candles if I had to put them next to each other but its still a good watch. The story is somewhat of an 80s version of a Cinderella story with a twist. Despite that, it targets also the social differences between class and money. For that, it deserves a lot of praise.

20140304-064649 pm.jpg

What really works for me in this has to be the characters though. Molly Ringwald is awesome in her role as Andie Walsh. After watching her in Sixteen Candles and this one, there is undeniably something very special about her as a young actress. She captures this really nice charm in all her characters. At the same time, the guys in this are pretty great also. Jon Cryer plays Duckie, Andie’s best friend who has this massive crush on her. He is that dorky, nerdy, weird/awkward boy that does all these silly things but never gets the girl but somehow, he’s funny and supportive and that makes me want to cheer for him even though I knew the other guy would get the girl. The other guy is Blane, played by Andrew McCarthy. I spent a good bit of the first part when he appears thinking if I thought he was cute. Something about the way he looks at Andie that makes me really adore him. Its because of that, it builds the chemistry between him and Andie’s relationship.

Pretty in Pink is not the best John Hughes movie but it definitely has some lovable characters (or even relate to). Its a nice take on the poor girl meeting the rich boy and going through all the difficulties not step mother related but rather the bigger realistic issue of friends and social class. I’d still say its worth the watch and I’d totally recommend it πŸ™‚

20140304-064616 pm.jpg

Advertisements

36 thoughts on “Pretty In Pink (1986) Guest Review

  1. Good review, Kim. And agreed. This isn’t Hughes’ best, but it makes some interesting observations about life, develops some compelling characters and is still an easy watch.

  2. NICE WORK LADIES!!!

    Is it wrong that I kind of had the hots for Potts??

    Hot for Potts!! I should have Tee Shirts made!! Or hoodies!! Or patches for Jean Jackets!!

    Or I should just shut up!!!

  3. Reblogged this on Tranquil Dreams and commented:
    Check out my entry for the John Hughes Blogathon over at Cinema Parrot Disco by Table 9 Mutant for Pretty in Pink! She was the one who introduced me to the wonderful world of John Hughes and his teen movies and this one was extremely fun to watch! πŸ™‚

    Remember to check out all the other entries also! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks again for being a part of the blogathon, Kim. I’m so happy I got you into Hughes! : ) It’s a popular review – you have lots of likes & comments! : ) I’ll be reviewing this one too but it’s one of only two I feel I should re-watch first. Not my VERY favorite Hughes but I still like it A LOT.

  4. Pingback: Thanks To Everyone Involved With The John Hughes Blogathon | Cinema Parrot Disco

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s