Pretty in Pink

The era of Molly Ringwald's profitable collaboration with writer-producer-director John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club) was at its peak with this 1986 film (directed by Howard Deutch but in every sense part of the developing Hughes empire). Ringwald plays a high school girl on the budget side of the tracks, living with her warm and loving father (Harry Dean Stanton) and usually accompanied by her insecure best friend (Jon Cryer). When a wealthy but well-meaning boy (Andrew McCarthy) asks her out, her perspective is overturned and Cryer's character is threatened. As was the case in the mid-'80s, Hughes (who wrote the script and produced the film) brought his special feel for the cross-currents of adolescent life to this story. In its very commercial way, it is an honest, entertaining piece about growing pains. The attractive supporting cast (many of whom are much better known now) does a terrific job, and Ringwald and Cryer have excellent chemistry. --Tom Keogh

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Production: Paramount Pictures
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So what, you're going to go out with this guy? Is this like a date or something?

Yeah. You’ll like him. He’s not like the other guys, seriously.

No…no! You-you really pissed me off Andie, cause you know they shit on everybody including you!

Who's shitting on me? I'm not gonna let anybody shit on me!

He’s just gonna use your ass and throw you away! God I would’ve died for you.

So what am I supposed to do, he asked me out and I like him! If I hate him because he's got money, just listen to me. If I hate him because he's got money then that’s the exact same thing as them hating us because we don’t. Do you understand?

You can’t do this and respect yourself. You-you can't.

We’ll I’ll make that decision alright.

Sure, you can do what you want!

You know you're talking like that just because I'm going out with Blaine.

Blaine? His name is Blaine? Oh! That's a major appliance, that's not a name!

Just because I'm going out with "Blaine" it doesn't mean I still can't be friends with you! I mean it doesn't change the way I feel about you.

That's-that's really nice, I'm-I'm glad. Here's the thing Andie. I'm not particularly concerned with whether or not you like me, because I live to like you and-and I can't like you anymore. So-so when you've had your heart splattered all over hell and you're feeling really low and dirty don't look to me to pump you back up, cause-cause maybe for the first time in your life, I won't be there!

I can't believe your actually saying this.

Well I guess that's just tough shit!

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