Pretty in Pink
Although there is a lot of quintessential eightiesness here, I found it boring. As you may recall, I love the movie St. Elmo’s Fire. I suppose that St. Elmo’s Fire is a movie that gets better with age, while you have to be a teenager to love Pretty in Pink.
Pretty in Pink is one of the three eighties movies cited in the song 1985 by Bowling for Soup, along with St. Elmo’s Fire and The Breakfast Club, even though this movie was actually released in 1986. Yeah, there’s the weirdness of Andrew McCarthy playing a college graduate in St. Elmo’s Fire, and then a year later he’s playing a high school senior.
This movie features the following great eightiesness:
1. Molly Ringwald
2. Andrew McCarthy
3. Andrew Dice Clay as the bouncer at the bar where Molly Ringwald’s character hangs out after work with her thirty-something coworker.
4. A record store, full of vinyl records.
5. A telephone with a rotary dial.
6. Lots of great eighties hair! I really wish the hairstylists for the show The Americans would watch this movie and learn what eighties hair looks like.
7. Lots of great eighties music.
We’re supposed to believe that someone as beautiful as Molly Ringwald was when she was seventeen doesn’t have a date for the prom. The explanation presented in the movie is that Molly Ringwald goes to a high school that’s extremely class conscious, and she is ostracized by the rest of the high school because she’s poor and wears dorky clothes while everyone else in the high school is rich. And there’s also the fact that every girl in this high school is beautiful, and they all have perfectly coiffed eighties hair.
There’s this friend-zoned beta-male “Ducky” who follows Molly Ringwald around like a puppy dog. Until he discovers that she agreed to go out with Andrew MCarthy, and then Ducky rages with anger.
The movie manages to make Ducky so annoying that probably no one watching the movie really feels much sympathy for him. But it’s still not very fair that his loyalty to Molly Ringwald is never rewarded. He’s such a cuck that he falls on his sword at the end. Yes, he finally seems to luck out and against all odds wins Molly Ringwald for his prom partner, but when Andrew McCarthy comes by to apologize to Ms. Ringwald, he pushes her to go after McCarthy.
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Yes, it’s a very white movie: not a single token non-white character. Today, you couldn’t have a movie without a minority character.