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Pretty in Pink
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Directed By
Howard Deutch

Written By:
John Hughes

Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, James Spader, Annie Potts, Andrew Dice Clay, Margaret Colin, Alexa Kenin, Gina Gershon, Dweezil Zappa, Kristy Swanson

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Pretty in Pink (1986)
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Movie Review by Zara
January 25th, 2007

Awe, Duckie

When I was in junior high, my dad recorded a few of my favorite movies onto an extended play VHS tape. I watched that tape so many times that it eventually the picture began to flip and the audio showed signs of wear. One of the movies on it was PRETTY IN PINK.

Not quite containing the punch of THE BREAKFAST CLUB, this movie still has classic John Hughes all over it. Probably the best that Molly Ringwald ever looked in her career, she's the girl from the "wrong side of the tracks" who develops a relationship with one of the rich boys at school.

Everyone knows where this is headed. He's going to hurt her, she's going to cry and then recover triumphantly, he's going to see the error of his ways and then they are going to joyously reunite at the end of the film.

This is all true. However, Hughes did well to hire some outstanding side characters in this film. Harry Dean Stanton is great at Molly's depressed father, wtill obsessed with his wife having left him. Annie Potts is brilliant as the bizarre co-worker, making you almost forget that she ever was on Designing Women. James Spader developed his oily persona with his role in this movie, a cigarette dangling menacingly from his lips. And if Jon Cryer was ever more popular in his career than when he was Duckie, I'd love to see it.

Cryer is so memorable as this character that he is still remembered for it, 20 years after the fact and even now when he's on a successful TV show. Lord knows I'd still love to Kristy Swanson at the end of this flick, complete in hideous '80's prom dress, giving him the come-hither look.

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