Pretty in Pink (It Came From the Bargain Bin)
Welcome to this week’s installment of It Came from the Bargain Bin. This week’s review is a film that was written and produced (executive producer) by the late John Hughes. John Hughes is responsible for writing over 40 movies, directing 8 movies and producing 23 movies and TV shows from 1979 to 2008. The film career of John Hughes was tragically cut short when he passed away in 2009 from a fatal heart attack. After almost thirty years in the entertainment business John Hughes left a mark on the film industry that will not be forgotten. Responsible for films that range from “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” to “The Breakfast Club”, John Hughes made films that made you laugh and films that made you think. Most notably, John Hughes is responsible for films that focused on the social and personal strife of being a teenager in a world that can be very cruel, which leads us to this week’s movie…
Pretty in Pink
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, and James Spader
Written By: John Hughes
Directed By: Howard Deutch
Reviewed By: Joe Sikes
Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) is a teenage girl who is finding out the hard way that life can be complicated. After losing her mother when she was a child, Andie has lived alone with and taken care of her father (Harry Dean Stanton) who has never been able to move on from the loss of his wife. School is not exactly a sanctuary for Andie. Andie is very smart and works hard in her classes but unfortunately there is more to school than just getting good grades. Being from the poor part of town, Andie is regularly targeted by the more economically fortunate members of the student body.
When Andie is asked out by Blane (Andrew McCarthy) who is part of the well-off crowd, her life becomes even more complicated than she could have imagined. Not only is Andie in danger of losing her good friend “Duckie” (Jon Cryer) who is hopelessly in love with her, but now she must deal with people the likes of Steff (James Spader) who refuses to accept that his friend Blane is interested in, as Steff so eloquently puts it, “trash” like Andie. Will love conquer all? Will “Duckie” ever find true love? Will Steff ever stop being an a-hole? If you have seen Pretty in Pink than you know the answers to these questions. If you have not seen Pretty in Pink than check it out and discover the answers to these questions.
Pretty in Pink is one of those landmark movies for John Hughes and not to mention a movie that, along with “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles” helped to create the notorious young star party crew “The Brat Pack”. I won’t go into naming all of the members of “The Brat Pack” but Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy are two members of the heavily publicized gossip magazine fixture. Pretty in Pink is more than a stylish movie designed with eccentric outfits and eighties “New Wave” pop songs. Pretty in Pink is a social study that only John Hughes could accomplish in a way that is both humorous and tragic all at once. I give Pretty in Pink 2 out of 3 Guys. See you next week with another flick from The Bargain Bin.