Pretty in Pink
According to John Hughes and the rest of the gang in Pretty in Pink, the 80s were very similar to the 50s with their unwritten ‘segregation laws’ in high school. If you were a ‘richie’, it was completely out of the question to even look at someone who didn’t have the same size bank account as you (or, more accurately, your parents). But Blane McDonnagh did just that. Of course, we think it was REALLY to just piss off Steff, but whatever… Blane claims it was true love.
The story of Pretty in Pink is the age old tale of a boy falling in love with a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Did it matter that Andie was bright, responsbile, and held a steady job? No. According to the unspoken rules of this high school, no rich kid could date a non-rich kid. (Hey… Doesn’t this sound a little like West Side Story and… Aladdin… and, well… pretty much every other story of star-crossed lovers ever written? Why, yes. Yes it does.) Throw in a little bit of Duckie (who we love) and some unneeded stress about Andie’s seemingly deadbeat father, and there’s just enough drama to go around.
But this one was done in the 80s, endearing it to our hearts forever. The film premiered in 1986, right smack-dab in the middle of the “Brat Pack” heyday. And it’s stood the test of time as a perennial favorite of pretty much every kid, no matter what side of the tracks they call home. And we’re right there with them.
We ♥ Pretty in Pink.