Today I celebrate one of my fave films of all time “Pretty in Pink”. The 1986 John Hughes Drama starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton,James Spader and Annie Potts is a hard to beat classic with loads of life lessons and fashion inspiration, not to mention a bit chin’ soundtrack and cameo by Andrew Dice Clay as a suave night club doorman, “Hey honey, if you worship the Duck, maybe you should try hanging out somewhere he can get in.”
Life Lesson 1#
EVERY TEENAGE GIRL NEEDS A DUCKIE IN HER LIFE
Jon Cryer’s Duckie is the bomb. Not only is he the most loyal friend a girl could ever want, but he is also great for her self esteem. For example, he’s always complimenting her, “This is a really volcanic ensemble you’re wearing,” Andie says, “Volcanic?” “You know; hot…dangerous.”
Let’s face it; Andie should have ended up with Duckie. He’s a no bullshit kind of a guy who loves Andie for who she is- but in this case, let’s settle for platonic soul mates. Got to love the Duck.
Life Lesson 2#
Andie may have coveted the rich kids money, wardrobe and lifestyle but she knew how to create the ultimate kick ass head turning outfit. All the poor kids/punks in “Pretty in Pink” wipe the floor with the wealthy demographic. Just wait and see what she “throws together” for Prom night.
Life Lesson 3#
YOU CAN EXCEED ALL LIMITATIONS
Andie comes from the “wrong side” of the tracks but she’s not going to let it stop her from achieving her dreams. She works hard at school and then works in “Tracks” the coolest record store in town after school to save for college. Yes, she compares herself to others who have more and an easier ride; but really, she knows when its all said and done; what she experiences is more authentic and worth more once she’s achieved it. Go girl.
Life Lesson 4#
IF HE DOESN’T CALL YOU BACK HE’S A JERK
Sorry Blaine, but just because Stef said, “The girl is and will always be nada,” is because he asked her out first and she turned him down. Blaine was too concerned about what his rich stupid friends thought to follow his heart; whatever. It still wasn’t cool not to call her back and you know it. It has to be said here however, that Andrew McCarthy is such an under rated actor and he’s awesome in this role. Duckie always called. As in always. Remember when he found out Andie was going on a date with a boy called Blaine, “Blaine? His name is Blaine? That’s not a name, it’s a major appliance!”
Life Lesson 5#
SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO CALL PEOPLE ON THEIR CRAP
Not only does Andie stand up for herself in class and with her persecutors she confronts her father on his deceptive and delusional lifestyle in a BRILLIANT acting scene with Harry Dean Stanton. If you don’t crack in this scene, you ain’t got no heart. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Yes you can always “go along with things” but it’s better to be real and face the ugly truth, which usually isn’t so bad once it’s brought out into the open.
Enjoy this movie at home reliving your youth and the glory of the eighties. Long live the Duck!
Love Claire xx