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Pretty in Pink: 30 years after
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I just watched Pretty in Pink for the nth time and I still feel kilig thirty years after it first came out.
When I was growing up, Molly Ringwald was the It Girl. She wasn’t beautiful in a conventional way, but she was different. She had character and she always got the cute guy.
In Pretty in Pink she plays Andie, a cool girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She has her own fashion sense and takes care of her good-for-nothing dad (sorry).
The mean girls in school don’t like her because she’s different and doesn’t give a damn. But for some reason, all the main guys like her—from the rich, preppy asshole to the resident importunate dork.

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I first saw Pretty in Pink in 1986 during the time of my life. Funny how my feelings about the movie have changed 30 years later.

• When I was young, I thought Molly Ringwald as Andie was so chica. Sure there were a couple outfits where she really looked cute—with the hat and the boy blazers. But there are also a lot of baduy outfits in that movie, I can see that now. You be the judge.

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• Thirty years ago, I had a feeling her pink prom dress baduy, but nobody dared say it then! Now it’s OK to say it: that was one fugly dress!! And to think that the whole point of the movie was about the pink prom dress!

Pretty In Pink

I still, however, get a giddy feeling when she makes the prom dress to the tune of Thieves Like Us by New Order. Brings me back to the ’80s when I also made my own clothes.

• I have new feelings about the boys. Back in 1986, I thought James Spader (L) was hot, but now I think Andrew McCarthy (R) is much cuter!!!

James spader andew mc carthy

• I also really liked Jon Cryer as Duckie when I was younger. All I wanted was for a cute, fasyon guy to be completely nuts about me, like he was for Andie in the movie. Now I think he’s just a dork.

Jon Cryer

• I also thought Andie’s friend Iona in the movie was cool. Now I find her baduy 🙁

Annie Potts

• Did you know they had to reshoot the ending? The original script had Andie ending up with Duckie at the prom, but the preview audience hated it, so they had to reshoot it to make her end up with Blane (Andrew McCarthy). Unfortunately Andrew McCarthy already had a different hairstyle at that time, so they had to put him in an ugly wig.
Watch the new ending and wig here:

PS. When this movie first came out, I didn’t quite understand how this computer scene happened because Internet didn’t even exist then. I thought this was impossible. This was high tech back then!

The ’80s were so wonderful and I sound like an old lady living in the past. I will never get over the ’80s, and you just won’t understand unless you were there. This song sums up the feeling. I really thank God I was there.

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  • Rina Gabaya-Asis

    Pretty in Pink is kilig, but kilig to the bones more ang Sixteen Candles for me!

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    CVS Reply:

    agree!

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  • acidicboy

    Looking back, Harry Dean Stanton as Andie’s dad was a minor but great role and HDS was perfect for it. Annie Potts as Iona felt contrived. And its a little known fact that several of the extras there made names for themselves: Dweezil Zappa, Gina Gershon, Andrew Dice Clay, Kristy Swanson and, although obscure, Christian Jacobs, aka MC Bat Commander, leader of the “rock group” and comedy performers Aquabats.

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  • Wenski Lugay

    One of my all time faves. In the novel, Andie chose Duckie Dale over Blaine.

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  • Gen Enriquez-Gerodias

    I didn’t consider Andie as baduy during that time, I was 14 when the movie was shown. I still find Ioana cool even to this day, her varying styles depended on who her current beau. I super love the soundtrack — we still have the vinyl up to now. 🙂

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  • In real life, may chance pa yung bestfriend. Pero heck, it’s Andrew McCarthy! <3

    But no one can beat Michael Schoeffling as the most pogi among Molly Ringwald's leading men. Too bad no really knows what he looks like nowadays.

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    CVS Reply:

    this is true!

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  • boi skater

    I just saw a couple of tv shows of James Spader (The Blacklist) and Andrew McCarthy (The Family) of late and they haven’t aged very well.

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  • divasoria

    I loved James Spader then!!! PLus he went to Exeter with JFK Jr. SOSYAL!

    But look at him now :/

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    Roderick Benga Reply:

    I only know James Spader like this haha

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    MK Reply:

    hahahhahhah

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  • This made my Sunday! Hahaha! I got kilig all over again. Never gets old. Hahaha

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  • Jay Lozada

    Aqua Net to death..
    James Spader and Andrew McCarthy!!

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  • mary chen

    I am 46 yrs old and i am so into ur post! Pretty in pink made a dent in my life too! Whenever i reminisce the 80’s i smile inside and sigh. Such great years for me. And every friday i listen to a radio station that goes all 80’s piously and i feel all giddy (magic 89.9). A toast to the good years!

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    MDinna Reply:

    I always forget to listen to that radio station every Friday. But when I’m in a cab and the driver (usually in his 40s or early 50s) is tuned in, I am also reminded of those years.

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