Pretty in Pink
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John Hughes crafts an exemplary '80s Brat Pack romance out of the standard Cinderella story in Pretty in Pink. Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) is a teenager who lives in the dingy part of town with her terminally underemployed dad (Harry Dean Stanton). She works at a record store with eccentric Ionia (Annie Potts) and is considered a misfit at her uppity high school, but somehow she rises above them all. Her oddball best friend, Duckie (Jon Cryer), is hopelessly in love with her, so he causes trouble for her romantic pursuits. When local rich kid Blaine (Andrew McCarthy) develops a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"First-Timer Howard Deutch is a nice surprise too. His precise, unexploitative direction is sympathetic to the awkward pauses in teen talk, to the mopery of first love, to the suicidal bravado of words spoken in heat."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"When Molly Ringwald and Annie Potts are onscreen together, the movie is aglow. See Pretty In Pink or, years from now, you may suffer side effects from missing it."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Its deceptively soft title is a mask for a fairly powerful and pointed commentary on social standards, class differences and facades."
‑ Joe Baltake, Philadelphia Daily News
"It belts along pleasingly enough, but this frenetic, hard-edged comedy drama is too hackneyed to be entirely successful."
‑ Sue Heal, Radio Times
"A grubby and even nasty movie in its understanding of class structure, of culture and counter-culture and the ways that teenagers can destroy one another over the subtle distinctions therein."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"These kids have a bumpy ride, but this is one film that identifies with their passions instead of indulging them, giving us a perfect back-seat view of kids out cruising, not for kicks but for a hard-earned sense of pride."
‑ Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Deutch has no discernible style; the scenes march ahead with only one development per scene, much like the worst in American television."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Pretty in Pink is an engaging movie about youthful concerns that never go out of fashion."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Hughes' penetrating insight into the minds of 1980s kids makes this one of the best films to bear his name."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"Pretty in Pink is clichéd, stereotyped, remarkably sentimental, and sweet as all get-out."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It's way too hackneyed for John Hughes. He's already shown us that he knows better."
‑ Rick Lyman, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Pretty in Pink is a rather intelligent (if not terribly original) look at adolescent insecurities."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Unfortunately she gets straitjacketed in her current movie by a script that settles for black-and-white pronouncements instead of the delicate shades of gray that Ringwald employs."
‑ , People Magazine
"Sweet but predictible angst-ridden Brat Pack outing."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"While the script contains trite and unbelievable dialogue, the superbly convincing performances make up for these faults."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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