Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Pretty in Pink (1986)

"Blane's a pretty cool guy. Andie's pretty in pink. And Ducky's pretty crazy."
Could there be a cornier, more steretypical film of the 80s? I almost wanted to stick a straw up my nose to damage any part of my brain that could remember Pretty in Pink. From the second Andie (Molly Ringwald) wakes her bum father up and puts on her home-made, all pink (of course, 80s clothing to the final kiss from dream boy at, what else, prom nothing surprised me and nothing entertained me.

Andie is from the "wrong side of the tracks" and of course the dream boy I speak of is Blane(Andrew McCarthy), one of the richest, most popular boys in school. Another plus: he's
parents seem to be chronically out of town. But of course Blane has a soft side; a fact which we know through his computer, secret-admirer conversations that Andie has with him. As soon as Blane's picture appears on Andie's computer screen and the two rise in the library, their eyes meet and love blossoms... oh god I think I may vomit. They go on a date, and then to Blane's friend's house for a party. You guessed it, Andie gets treated like shit! But Blane's kind heart persists and he asks her to the prom... not for long sucka!

Not Surprisingly Blane's "richie" friends get the better of him and Blane refuses to acknowledge Andie's presence at school. Being the brave, independent soul that she is, she confronts him. He already has a new date. Surprise, surprise princess! And who is there to catch her when she falls? Her best and goofy friend, Duckie (Jon Cryer). And it wouldn't be the bad movie that it is if Duckie wasn't head over heels in love with Andie. Duckie escorts Andie to the prom, where Blane makes a triumphant recovery with the line, "I always believed in you, I didn't believe in myself." This was when I was searching my room for a straw appropriate for a lobotomy. They kiss, all ends well.

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