One of my favourite films of all time, and I’m not ashamed to admit it, is the John Hughes’ classic Pretty in Pink, which stars Brat Pack actress Mollie Ringwald. Released back in the 1980’s, I’m still finding it hard to believe that it’s celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
The ‘Romeo and Juliet’ style storyline may be a simple one, but it’s the film’s clever use of fashion and killer soundtrack, which features the likes of OMD, New Order and The Smiths, that ensured my DVD was never far from the machine.
The clash of cultures between the working-class Mollie Ringwald (Andie) and her best friend Duckie, played by Jon Cryer, and the ‘richies’, or rich kids, including Andrew McCarthy (Blane), is visually exaggerated by Andie’s ‘make do and mend’ style versus the preppy, pastel-coloured designer clothes favoured by Blane and his wealthy (so-called) friends.
But my favourite moment of the film is undoubtedly a musical one. The scene where Duckie slides, literally, into the record shop where Andie works part-time and serenades her with Otis Reading’s 1960’s classic ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ is priceless!
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