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Pretty in Pink (1986)

Director:
Howard Deutch
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Romance
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Pretty in Pink
RUNNING TIME
96 minutes
Producer:
Lauren Shuler
Screenwriter:
John Hughes


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Andie Walsh Molly Ringwald
Jack Walsh Harry Dean Stanton
Duckie Dale Jon Cryer
Iona Annie Potts
Steff McKee James Spader
Blane McDonough Andrew McCarthy
Benny Hanson Kate Vernon
Bouncer at CATS Andrew Dice Clay
Duckette Kristy Swanson
Jenna Alexa Kenin
Simon Dweezil Zappa
Trombley Gina Gershon
Kid in Record Shop Matthew Perry

 

Review

After the success of his magnum opus The Breakfast Club, John Hughes returned to the high-school subgenre and once again demonstrated his immaculate ability for putting himself in teenagers' shoes with this script. He left the direction to young first-timer Howard Deutch, however, and the result is an uneven, but occassionally remarkably poignant film about the power of in-groups and of love, ultimately in our teenage years. As such, this is Carrie meeting The Breakfast Club, and even though Molly Ringwald was almost as talented as Sissy Spacek, and Jon Cryer was almost as talented as Anthony Michael Hall, the film turns out not to be as principled as the two aforementioned classics. Because although both Andie, Blane and Duckie feel like real people, and they embody very much real conflicts and emotions, the film makes compromises in a couple of crucial scenes arguably because the filmmakers wanted more to be crowd-pleasers than they wanted to tell the truth. Which is a pity, because Pretty in Pink does tell the truth a lot of the time. There's fine work by all of the performers, but particularly Ringwald who carries the weighty lead-role with remarkable naturalness.

Copyright 19.01.2015 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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