Pretty in Pink

Andie (Molly Ringwald – Sixteen Candles, Not Another Teen Movie) lives with her father, Jack (Harry Dean Stanton – Anger Management, The Green Mile), on the wrong side of the tracks. She is not the most popular girl in school, but she does have two good friends in Iona (Annie Potts – Ghostbusters, Toy Story) and Duckie (Jon Cry – from television's Two and a Half Men). Duckie and Andie are inseparable. Andie meets new student Blane (Andrew McCarthy – The Joy Luck Club, Weekend at Bernie's), a rich and popular guy, and immediately develops a crush on him. Blane, who is a nice guy, eventually asks Andie out and it changes her completely. This puts at risk her friendship with Duckie, who has romantic feelings for Andie of which she is not aware. It becomes the best of times and the worst of times for Andie.

In the mid-80s you could not go two feet without walking into a John Hughes/Molly Ringwald teenage angst film. It was a winning combination that was very successful at the box office. John Hughes wrote and produced the film, but it was directed by Howard Deutch (Some Kind of Wonderful, Grumpier Old Men). The film is another version of the poor unpopular character falling for the rich popular one and the life lessons that ensue. Ah, teenage melodrama…is there anything better on a Sunday afternoon than sitting down in front of one? The cast is attractive and, for the most part, able actors. Look out for early roles by Gina Gershon, Andrew Dice Clay, James Spader, Kristy Swanson, and Dweezil Zappa. The chemistry between Cryer and Ringwald is undeniable. Also another important element of John Hughes teenage films is the soundtrack and this movie is no exception. Tunes by OMD, New Order, The Psychedelic Furs, INXS, and The Smiths were played over and over at the time. It is definitely the type of film you can watch again and again and still be moved by the overblown emotions in it. The film is celebrating its 20th anniversary and we can all relate to certain parts of the film about the trials and tribulations of being a teenager.

Special Features:
– "The First Time: The Making of Pretty in Pink" featurette
-"Zoids and Richies" featurette
-"Prom Queen: All About Molly" featurette
-"Volcanic Ensembles" featurette
-"Prom Stories" featurette
-The Lost Dance: The Original Ending
-Favorite Scenes
-Wrap Up: The Epilogue
-Photo Gallery

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