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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wednesday Movie Night: Pretty In Pink (1986)

   When Andie (Molly Ringwald), who lives with her unemployed father (Harry Dean Stanton), and Blane (Andrew McCarthy), who is rich and popular, strike up a romance, Blane meets resistance from his shallow best friend, Steff (James Spader), when he asks Andie to prom. Meanwhile, her best friend, Duckie (Jon Cryer), pines for her. This classic 1980s teen film from the master of the genre, writer-producer John Hughes, co-stars Annie Potts.
  Recently, I've been on an 80s kick. Whether it's movies or music for some reason the time has caught my attention, and I'm enjoying the 80s.  For some reason there is a great vibe of creativity you get from that era that seems to be missing from most. 
  Pretty In Pink is one of the many classic romances that came from the 80s. Obviously, from the cover we have two men, and one woman, so maybe we can figure some love triangle is happening while in high school.  If you're like me you probably didn't know James Spader, and Jon Cryer, but from anything except the modern day sitcoms, and television shows. I never liked Jon Cryer's character in Two and a Half Men, but in Pretty In Pink he is actually charming as Duckie, the guy who has a unacknowledged crush on Andie. This is made complicated by the fact she has fallen for Blane, a rich, popular guy who would normally be out of Andie's league.  The scenario is typical, but the 80s vibe make it's work. 
   I'm not sure what happened to Andrew McCarthy after this movie, but I didn't think he could act. He kept making very distracting facial distractions all throughout the movie. I did like how this movie differed from most modern movies though. Andie was an outcast, but she didn't have to change to get Blane's attention. She didn't one day show up as a cute, popular chick. Instead, she stayed true to herself, and he goes to her as she is. 
  Probably one of the best parts of this movie is the music though. Whoever picked the music for it was on a roll. We have everything from Otis Redding to the my favorite of all time, The Smiths. Along with that you have a great selection of 80s pop. 
  If you're looking for a cute romance, or you enjoy the 80s then this is recommended. I think it would be a great add to a movie collection. 



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