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Pretty in Pink (SE)
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09.07.2006 By: Matt Hosack
Pretty in Pink (SE) order
Director:
Howard Deutch

Actors:
Molly Ringwald
Jon Cryer
James Spader

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Flashback to the 80’s when bad hair, clothing, music, and attitude reigned. A John Hughes production (hint, hint), PRETTY IN PINK regurgitates the old tale of boy meets girl in high school but “problems” arise. You see Blane (Andrew McCarthy) is a branded rich kid who has his eye on plain Jane Andie (Molly Ringwald). Thing is the delectable Steff (James Spader!) doesn’t like Andie and Duckie (Jon Cryer) loves her – both causing some major trouble. High school was so lame…
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
On the whole, the film is somewhat enjoyable yet tired. WHY – I can dig on some 80’s nostalgia as much as the next person, but looking back now, this film is steeped in cheese and covered in I don’t know what. The soundtrack, a very important element in any teen drama, is pretty darn terrible as is the story and some of the characters. Molly wasn’t as hot as I remembered her and Andrew McCarthy is a dufus!

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but I could see what Hughes was going for. The moral of this tale is that if you’ve got the cash, you’ll win the natch; but if you don’t have a buck, you’re pure out of luck (Duck). The real joys of watching the movie come from the film’s troublemakers. Jon “Duckie” Cryer is just so nice and charismatic that it’s fun to watch him on screen. And of course who could forget the awesome James Spader as the rich asshole, schmoozing his way around school. Very cool. Some smart dialogue and these two guys make what would otherwise be a throwaway film watchable.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by Director Howard Deutch >> Aside from disappearing on the commentary track for periods of time, Deutch regails his days on the production. He certainly has an affinity for Jon Cryer.

The First Time: The Making of Pretty in Pink >> 13 min > This is a decent EPK produced in your standard style. There’s some vintage interviews from the 80’s mixed with new ones.

Zoids and Richies >> 20 min > Produced in the same way, this has the cast and crew talking about the high school intricacies and each other. The best part though is when they all reminisce about Spader.

Prom Queen: All About Molly >> 13 min > Molly, Molly, Molly. I used to be in love with her back in the day. She doesn’t look bad now either. This is all about her.

Volcanic Ensembles >> 10 min > A full look at those god awful costumes.

Prom Stories >> 3 min > The cast talks about their high school experiences. Eh.

There’s a Favorite Scenes section, where you can view selected favorite scenes by the director.

The Lost Dance: The Original Ending >> There was a novelization of the movie that has a different ending. You get to see it. Pretty good stuff to include here. What’s cool is they tell you why it didn’t work.

Wrap Up: The Epilogue >> This title says everything. The cast and crew say goodbye.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Looking back, PRETTY IN PINK isn’t as stellar as I remembered, but it ain’t a bad watch either. Duckie, the witty dialogue, and James Spader make it worth another look. Not to mention it’s on a DVD with some pretty good features to back it up. Definitely worth the double dip if you’re a fan. Everything’s Duckie.

Lasting Impression > Some Charm Lost, Still Fun
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