Pretty in Pink has quickly become one of my favourite ’80’s movies. Starring Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Andrew McCarthy this movie documents a story about rich and poor kids and what happens when the two mix.
Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) is a senior student from the poorer side of town. She attends a school for both the rich and less fortunate, studying hard to get a scholarship and better her chances. Innovative with a sewing machine, spunky and mature, she cares for her heart-broken and semi-unemployed father. Her best friend (Jon Cryer) is a first class goof who also happens to be secretly in love with her.
Things start to get complicated when a senior named Blane (Andrew McCarthy) asks Andy out. He’s part of the rich and privilege kids at her school and while they try make a go of their relationship, friends, prejudices, money (and lack of it) all take their toll.
This film gives an interesting portrayal of the social and economical differences in the ’80’s, and how destructive prejudice can be. But it’s in no way a gloomy movie, (the social, economical view was the philosopher in me talking). It’s a comedic, light-hearted film about the struggles of teenage-hood.
It’ll make you giggle. You’ll love the outfits. It might, if you’re weird like me, give you something deep to think about afterwards. Mostly though, it’ll make you smile and thank the stars your teen years are in the distant past.
xx Movie Girl