Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

DVD - 2006 | Everything's Duckie special collector's edition, widescreen version.
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A poor girl falls in love with a rich guy, and it angers both their families and their friends.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2006.
Edition: Everything's Duckie special collector's edition, widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781415718438
Branch Call Number: DVD TEEN PRE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 96 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.


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When a rich, popular boy asks Andie out, she thinks it's too good to be true. But dating someone outside your social circle isn't easy.

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britprincess1ajax May 14, 2016

“If you put out signals that you don't want to belong, people are gonna make sure that you don't.”
“That's a beautiful theory.”

britprincess1ajax May 14, 2016

“You're gonna OD on nostalgia.”

britprincess1ajax May 14, 2016

“Are you upset?”
“No, I'm not.”
“No, yes, yes, you are. I can tell. Your eyes get all squinty and everything. Listen, I know just what to do to make you feel all better.”
“I feel fine.”
“I want to take you away this weekend. Do you fish?”

britprincess1ajax May 14, 2016

“You know what an older woman does for me?”
“Changes your diapers?”

britprincess1ajax May 14, 2016

“Such a waste that I run a lowly little retail outfit.”
“No, not if you're good at it.”
“I'm good in bed. Should I be a whore?”

britprincess1ajax May 14, 2016

“If I hate him because he's got money, that's the exact same as them hating us because we don't.”

britprincess1ajax May 14, 2016

“You know, you're talking like that just because I'm going out with Blane.”
“Blane? His name is Blane? That's a major appliance, that's not a name!”

britprincess1ajax May 14, 2016

(a conversation with a bouncer)
“My girlfriend is in there and I'm out here. Well, she's a girl and she's my friend, so she's a girlfriend. But she's in there, and I'm out here! I mean, you're a sensitive, sexually potent kind of guy. You gotta know how that hurts.”
“Now let me ask you a question, seriously. Why does she come here, knowing I don't let you in? Huh? Think about it.”

britprincess1ajax May 14, 2016

“I have this girlfriend who didn't go to [her prom] and every once in a while, she gets this really terrible feeling, you know, like something is missing. She checks her purse. She checks her keys. She counts her kids. She goes crazy and then she realizes that … nothing is missing. She decided it was side effects from skipping the prom.”

britprincess1ajax May 14, 2016

“She's an incredible individual. I mean, you know that. I mean, I'm there for her! Whenever, however, I'm there. You can rest assured that she's covered. I don't want you to worry because my only future plans are to make sure that she's taken care of.”
“That's nice of you, Phil.”
“And I'd like to marry her. Oh, well, not, you know, not today, but eventually I figure.”
“Well, does she know how you feel about this?”
“No confirmation on that just yet. I mean, I'm laying the groundwork and everything, you know. I'm thinking in terms of housing, you know, food, basic needs type of stuff. But I'm picking my moment. I mean, you understand, right?”
“Oh, sure, I felt the same way about somebody myself.”
“Oh, a girl?”
“A girl.”

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Nov 02, 2019

I would have picked Duckie :P

May 26, 2019

When this movie was first released back in the 80s, I completely fell in love with it, mainly due to the adorable Andrew McCarthy. What girl didn't have a crush on him? This is a classic 80's movie by the master of teen 80's movies, John Hughes, who gave us Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
As I metntioned, upon my first viewing as a high school senior in 1986, I fell in love with it instantly. Back then, all I focused on was the cool clothes, the great music and the handsome cast members. Seeing this as an adult brings a completely different perspective. It was discomforting to watch Blaine (who had shown some interest in Andie) treat her so badly throughout the movie, even when they were alone. Had it been more true to life, the film would have taken a different turn. But as in most John Hughes movies, love always prevails. I am in complete agreement with the reviewer who recommends Some Kind of Wonderful. Ironically this is another John Hughes movie, but it’s much more true to life. That being said, Pretty in Pink is entertaining and features lots of great cast members in prominent as well as lesser known roles.

Oct 06, 2018

I am a very large Molly Ringwald fan which is why this movie is one of my absolute favourites in the 80’s teen film genre. Andie is a teenage girl who doesn’t have very many friends, but she is interested in this popular and cool guy named Blane. To her surprise, when he asks her out on a date she quickly realizes that it’s not that easy to date someone from a different social circle. What I like so much about Molly Ringwald movies is that she always plays somewhat of a misunderstood character that is casted away to the side, making her relatable to some viewers. I would rate this classic movie 4.5/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Oct 06, 2016

Pretty in Pink features the can't-miss combination of Molly Ringwald as Andie, the seemingly ageless Jon Cryer as her best friend Duckie, James Spader as the villain Steff, a screenplay by John Hughes and an excellent soundtrack--the best of any Hughes-penned film. I recommend this movie for anyone who was a teen or younger when this was released in 1986 or who wishes they had been a teen in the '80s.

britprincess1ajax May 14, 2016

A romance based on a class war, PRETTY IN PINK tears me apart. It's not supposed to be a tearjerker, but for some, it's just that. I own the aptly named “Everything's Duckie” anniversary edition and it's become only more potent as the years progress. I adore Duckie and Iona. In a way, I'm both of them. But the feminist in me advocates for Andie to make her own choices and not be someone else's trophy. I wonder, though, how much that works out for her, pretty confident that the ending is not as happily-ever-after as is hoped for. Even the producer and director are baffled by how their own film concludes. John Hughes was always listed as one of those directors who understood teens and comprehended their angst, and although I never felt that was the correct way to bill him (seeing as some of the stories can hold up through young adulthood and beyond, as well as earlier on through tweendom), there's no denying that he understood emotion. He helped portray teens as humans, in the most honest way that everyone seems to relate to, that no one has been able to replicate since then. Some real emotion comes across in PRETTY IN PINK, not just the love story, but shame, jealousy, betrayal, humiliation, validation, pride, and so much more. It's worth the experience, a quintessential film of my young adolescence that only grows in significance. Kudos to the late great Hughes and kudos to his eighties classics, including (but not limited to) PRETTY IN PINK. I highly recommend it.

Apr 23, 2016

Yet another formulaic teenage fairy tale from John Hughes with the same faces, same dilemmas, and same resolution. Poor girl Andie (Molly Ringwald of course) is just smart enough to graduate from an elite highschool despite being constantly harassed about her funky clothes and introspective ways by the spoiled rich bitches in her class. Her best friend “Duckie” (John Cryer embodying every 80s cliché he can find) is carrying an unrequited torch for her but she only has eyes for uber-yuppie Blane (the perpetually startled Andrew McCarthy). When Blane finally asks her out to the prom Andie feels she has it made until Blane’s slimy friend Steff (James Spader) begins to sow the seeds of doubt—rich boys don’t date poor girls after all. On the eve of prom night Blane gets cold feet, Andie is heartbroken, and Duckie does what best friends are supposed to do. Horribly dated (those clothes! ), predictable from the very start, and crammed with forced sappiness—how do you even find a misty moonlit parking lot in Los Angeles?—this one is strictly for the nostalgia buffs. Co-starring Annie Potts as the wacky girlfriend with the best advice and Harry Dean Stanton as Andie’s gushing father.

May 28, 2015

She's gawky; she's geeky; she's working class. She's Andie Walsh. Set in a Chicago high school, "Pretty in Pink" tells the story of Andie (played by Molly Ringwald), a plain-Jane girl with a big brain and a kind heart but not enough in her bank account to rub shoulders with her rich classmates. She dodges harassment regularly from snobby womanizer Steff (played by James Spader) and seeks advice from her cool older boss at the record store, Iona (played by Annie Potts), while continuing to navigate the unfriendly corridors with her quirky best friend, Duckie (played by Jon Cryer), who is not so secretly in love with her. When Andie decides to break the class barrier between the so-called Zoids and Richies and date Blane (played by Andrew McCarthy), an attractive and open-minded boy from the good part of town, Andie has to face her own insecurities in order to keep their relationship alive. She realizes that being cool isn't the most important thing. Instead she continues to confidently wear the clothes she designs and stitches herself rather than opting for the high price tag that Blane's posse pays for their ensembles. She remains herself in spite of everything, including Blane's own doubts. She stays, as the title implies, pretty in pink. What I like about "Pretty in Pink" is that it has the Hughes touch. Writer John Hughes was notorious for making films that speak to teenagers, often cited as an adolescent mind in an adult body. "Pretty in Pink" is no exception. He writes in a timeless way that doesn't condescend to its audience. Just because you're younger doesn't mean you're stupid. Not once do these films feel like they are preaching to you. The characters are flawed and make mistakes and learn from them. They do what they think is the right thing and find out if they're right. They learn as they go while everybody waves their finger at them to be better than what they are. The pressures of being a teen seem insurmountable at times, given more responsibility than before but not even a modicum of power and freedom. Andie is mature, taking care of her father to some extent after her mother left them years before, but she still needs help. Enter Iona, the off-the-wall record store manager, who guides Andie. She encourages Andie to pursue her own dreams and to be an individual without sacrificing the usual teen experience of the senior prom. They share stories and seem to understand each other, despite the age gap. You see? Anyone can become friends. Teenagers are not mutants. It is this kind of attention paid to developing a genuine tale that makes "Pretty in Pink" remain strong decades later. Like I said, this film won't talk down to you. Messages about conformity, insecurity, misogyny, elitism, family life, and other heavy themes are not out of bounds here. "Pretty in Pink" addresses it all in true Hughes style. It's not a perfect film, though, for a few reasons. One, the fashion is obviously dated, from the ugly oversized spectacles to the lacy shoulder-padded gowns. Two, my heart remains with Duckie. I love his character so much, as I'm sure so many others do, but he is not the hero of this particular story. I won't go into too much detail, since I refuse to ruin such a good film, but if "Pretty in Pink" came out nowadays, the masses would be divided into two factions: Team Duckie and Team Blane. Other than that, I adore "Pretty in Pink." A strong female character who goes against the grain, Andie is an honest-to-goodness everyday superheroine, fighting the good fight. She has the power to choose as a woman to do whatever she pleases. Just because someone loves her doesn't mean she must love them. She has the mindset to do whatever she pleases. That's the good feeling "Pretty in Pink" leaves you with, and I won't say no to that.

Aug 18, 2014

Excellent movie with a great soundtrack. Andie should have ended up with Duckie in the end.

Jun 26, 2014

VERY dramatic and weak story line

AmandaCRamos Sep 06, 2013

This is a good movie. I like it.

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bookgeek101 Jan 20, 2013

Sexual Content: Innuendos and they talk about it.

bookgeek101 Jan 20, 2013

Coarse Language: Swwaring throughout the movie by all characters.

Jun 27, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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