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