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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