Pretty in Pink

6.81 h 36 min2021X-RayPG-13
A young girl from 'the wrong side of town' exposes the heartless vacancy of the class structure that rules her school and falls in love with the doting, acid-tongued nerd who she's grown up with.
Howard Deutch
Molly RingwaldHarry Dean StantonJon Cryer
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Annie Potts
Michael ChinichLauren ShulerJohn HughesLauren Shuler Donner
Paramount Pictures Corp.
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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The All-Seeing IReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A True Eighties Period Piece
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As a child of the Eighties, I must say that upon its release, I really didn’t find “Pretty In Pink” to be terribly reflective of the moment I was living in.

Strangely, as I rewatch it more than thirty years later, everything about this lighthearted comedy screams of that era, and it’s not just the hair and wardrobe: The latent attitudes, the representative characters, the angst that could be felt despite it being an period of excess, even the high sheen the film itself – all those elements feel true to the times, and establish “Pretty In Pink” as a real period piece.

Just as I watched certain Sixties films to inform me of a decade in which I wasn’t around to directly experience it, I strangely do find myself recommending “Pretty In Pink” to generations who want to “feel” the Eighties without necessarily having been there to get those vibes in real-time.
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RhondaMReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
DOES NOT include the original ending
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I already own this movie on DVD but purchased this one because it said that it included the original ending. It DOES NOT. It includes in the extras people talking about the original ending and a couple of photographs taken during the filming of the original ending. If you are purchasing this DVD for the purpose of viewing the original ending, DO NOT BUY. Overall, still a great movie and the other extras were good.
32 people found this helpful
Thinker3Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Overcoming Class Prejudice
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The film imagines a deep cultural divide between the rich kids and the poor kids in a high school--perhaps it’s Hollywood’s image of the Reagan era. Andie longs to see the inside of the local mansions inhabited by what seem to be the majority of her classmates. Instead of BMW, she drives a beaten up sportscar and must work at a mall record store. She shares a small, though respectable home with her unemployed father who is still devastated by his wife’s departure 3 years earlier. Both father and good friend Ducky are trying to avoid something: the father getting a job/accepting his wife’s departure, Ducky graduating from high school. In another Hollywood trope---kids are smarter than parents--Andie helps the father work through his distress. Andie is asked to the prom by one of the rich kids, but he in turn is forced by social pressure to retract the invitation. Because she does not want to avoid the circumstances, Andie decides to go to the prom. Lo and behold, she winds up with the rich kid (Blane) there after he has told off the “friend” who pressured him not to go with her.

Andie and Blane seem to have nothing in common and little to hold them together. We know Andie has some creative talent for fashion design, but Blane is a zero. Evidently, the film supposes that just being a rich kid would be enough to make him attractive to Andie. The theme is supposed to be about overcoming prejudices--inspired by Pride and Prejudice--but it turns into a love overcomes obstacles film.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Another Hughes' classic of outcasts trying to be accepted for who they are
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Pretty In Pink was another classic romantic teen comedy by John Hughes. It starred Molly Ringwald as Andie, Harry Dean Stanton as her dad Jack, Jon Cryer as her friend Duckie, James Spader as Steff, his girlfriend Kate Bernon as Benny, and Andrew McCarthy as Blane. Andie was a non-conformist in high school, which caused her all kinds of problems with the popular kids who relentlessly picked on her and her friends. Like other movies by Hughes like Weird Science, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club the plot deals with the nerds and alternative kids finding their place and being appreciated for being themselves, while some of the cool kids become accepting, while others are exposed as the jerks that they are. Pretty In Pink also includes class as Andie is working class and the popular kids are really rich. The dilemma is that it takes a lot for those elements to work themselves out.

The movie brings out its themes in many ways. Blane’s friends constantly heckle him about liking Andie because she’s not from the same class. Andie on the other hand is embarrassed over her poor upbringing. Duckie stands out as the nerdy alternative kid who is hopelessly in love with Andie but she ignores his affections. It’s a great set of characters in another strong movie by Hughes.
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Dominik EspeletaReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I cant say enough good things about this movie. It has that quality where you can watch it in the background while you are cooking and all the scenes are playing in your head and then when you head to bed you can still here that awesome soundtrack playing as you drift to sleep. If you aren't a fan of John Hughes this movie will seal the deal. If you are from a younger generation i wouldn't read reviews of this movie just watch it and take a back step to when times seemed to have more flavor, more personality, yet seemed to be simpler.
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Khristine JacksonReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The ... Have's and The Have-...NOT's ..!
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Well that's so "80's" for you .. I grew up during the Reagan years... My generation of kid's did not live in Chicago or where ever this was filmed ? Second there was the peer pressure to be "Liked", "Popular" or "Fake It till U Make it".. In my middle school years ..I listened to Prince ,Madonna,Micheal Jackson ,George Micheal and Frank Sinatra. Yes I said "Ole Blue EYES".. well that's another story .. I was more like Molly Ringwald's character ..except my parents were married and very ambitious.. Yes I had a crush on the popular boy in middle and High school. In middle school were more "Materialistic"..than they were when I was in High school. We had the same "Social click's".. that exist in every generation..Regardless of what year and decade you were born.. The only great thing about my era was..the Fashion choices..the hair styles,the music and ..we were kinda ..innocent ? Yeah right.. Teenage pregnancy was a "No-No" until 5 girls in 8th grade ..OOOOOOOoooH ..No! Lol.. I love this movie..and the message that it create's in your head .. You can choose YOUR ...Family,Friends and Future. Don't wallow in.."Peer Pressure .. Your never gonna see those "Clowns" again. Especially after you move on to 9th grade or graduate at 12th ... ?? I love Molly Ringwald's character ..because she's so independent and she takes life by the balls... She had her own car,attended classes,bossed her dad around ..still managed to get the "Prep,Yuppie Or the Rich boy" after all...that was said and done.. and that's how you end up in "Pretty in Pink"..!!
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Classic John Hughes
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As my title states this is a classic in the John Hughes filmography, though not my favorite (Ferris Buellers Day Off) Looking back at these films with my adult lens its always funny to see how casting actors to look the part was not so relevant at the time. Plus the interactions and tone of the film was so much more mature then what they were portraying. Such a stunning contrast to todays teen romantic comedies in which they try to keep things a little more authentic. Even though this film is dated, it still holds itself well as the writing and acting are top notch.
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TigerlillyReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Classic
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Stands the test of time. Good story. Good acting. Excellent casting. I wish all of the soundtrack were on par with the Psych Furs and OMD; c'est la vie. It was fun to see the array of 80's costumes. Except, of course, for the hideous - and non-time specific - pink bag prom dress. Hideous then, and still hideous now.
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