This John Hughes movie came out in 1986. I had just turned 20.
We had all been introduced to Molly Ringwald in 1984 with Sixteen Candles and then in 1985 with The Breakfast Club. Her character of Andie, a poor girl who ends up having to chose between a rich, preppy guy and her equally unique childhood sweetheart, is still one of my all time most relatable characters. Not because I grew up in poverty, or that I had to chose between the affections of anyone, but because she was what I aspired to be.
Her non-traditional looks may have been categorized as ‘different’ or ‘unique’ and probably to some as ‘not attractive’, but for those of us who never fit into the mould of ‘traditionally pretty’, she was our hero. Molly and her character Andie, smashed the stereotypes of the time, and one may argue, that still exist today. She wasn’t blond and tall, or raven haired and exotic. She didn’t try to fit the style of the times, she made her own style.
In the movie, of course, she even shirks the original story line by ending up with Blane, the rich preppy guy that usually goes for the model types, over her quirky, lovable bestie, Duckie. Even though our hearts broke for Duckie at the time, we all secretly hoped her relationship with Blane would end soon after and she would see the error of her ways and go running to the Duckman. One can dream when there is no sequel. 😉
When I saw the daily prompt, my mind went immediately to Pretty in Pink. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the movie (too many to count) and I had the soundtrack on cassette back in the day and now it is part of my Spotify list. Sure, nostalgia comes into play but I think we could use with more characters like Andie in life. Her desire to not fit in gave us fellow so called ‘weirdos’ a queen of our own.
I thought I’d give you a few fun facts about the movie, Pretty in Pink. As I was reading IMDB about it, there were definitely things I didn’t know so I thought I would share them with you guys!
Five things about Pretty in Pink
- The highschool scenes were shot in the same highschool as Grease. (I know!!)
- The original ending had Andie ending up with Duckie 😦
- James Spader (Stef) was first offered the role of Blane but he liked to play a villain instead. Yeh, he totally worked as Stef.
- Molly hated the pink prom dress she had to wear.
- The book Andie hands to Blane when he comes into the bar, Trax is “In his own write” by John Lennon.
There are so many more cool trivia facts about this movie, you could spend the day on IMDB. I have included the link to the page if you click on Pretty in Pink. and if you haven’t seen this movie, it may be 30 years old now, but still has the heart it did in 1986.