It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Pretty in Pink.
Can a girl from “the wrong side of the tracks” and a “richy” boy make it as a couple? Oh, and what about the best friend who’s crushing harder than a steamroller? OK, so it sounds quite formulaic – and it is – but this tale of teen drama hit home for so many of us in those socially-pressured 1980s, and remains a fabulous curio of the time that still gives the nostalgia ducts a good workout.
This was Molly Ringwald’s third John Hughes-penned story, and her last. Hughes wanted her for Some Kind of Wonderful (which was basically a remake of Pretty in Pink with the ending that the writer wanted), but she turned it down. No matter, we’ll always have the some kind of wonderful Pretty in Pink.
Four reasons why Pretty in Pink rocks:
1. The best John Hughes soundtrack ever (The Smiths, OMD, Echo & the Bunnymen and three New Order songs, how can you go wrong?)
2. Molly Ringwald at peak Molly Ringwald (plus it’s apparently her fave of all her teen-era flicks).
3. That cast! Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts, James Spader (who was so good as the hateful Steff that we despised him for decades to follow (but we love him again now)), Jon Cryer… oh, and Andrew McCarthy too, we guess.
4. Jon Cryer miming to Otis. We love Otis (and Duckie!)
Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.