Monday, February 14, 2011

14/50: Pretty in Pink

The Brat Pack has been a huge part of my childhood - at least I thought so. These were '80's classics, but when I started looking into the actual films I had seen - I had only seen two (Breakfast Club and Weird Science).

So, I thought with this little experiment here I would try to rectify that. This is the first of two "Brat Pack" films on the list, and the one I was expecting to be the least favorite of mine. And, I was pretty much right.

Pretty in Pink stars Molly Ringwald as Andie Walsh, a poor high school student who pretty much takes care of her unemployed father after her mother runs out on them both. She makes her own clothes and is shunned by the rich kids of the school.

Prom - you know that all important event in every high school kids life - is coming up and she of course doesn't have a date. She could probably go with her lifelong friend, Duckie (Jon Cryer) who has been in love with her forever, but she has no intimate feelings for.

A few weeks before prom she is asked out by one of the rich kids, Blane (Andrew McCarthy), despite the ridicule he receives from the other rich kids, including his best friend Steff (James Spader). Blane begins to fall for Andie, and vice versa.

However, right before the prom Blane all of a sudden gets cold feet from the pressure he is receiving from his rich friends for dating a poor girl - and calls it off.

This has a sort of Romeo & Juliet feeling to it. Two star crossed lovers, one from each side of the tracks, who can't seem to co-exist in each other's worlds.

I have to say, I wasn't really a fan. I am not sure if the quality and it being 25 years old had any factor in that, but I am sure it swayed me a little. But, overall I just didn't get involved with the characters and the ending was far too predictable. I hope I am more impressed with the rest of the "Brat Pack" films.


1 comment:

  1. Ditto.

    I watched this for the first time a couple years back and was pretty unimpressed, too. It's ok, and I guess if you were a teenager of the 80s and were either smitten with Molly or wanted to be her, it was probably the cat's meow. But it just isn't that great of a film...though Spader's clothes are pretty bitchin'.