Pretty in Pink or Pretty Pimpin’ ?1comment
Recently I stumbled upon Pretty in Pink on tv. I was awash with memories of Andrew McCarthy crushes, rewinding our favorite scenes on our crappy VHS copy, and slumber party giddiness. But as I watched it, I realized how different the movie is to me now. Back then I loved Molly’s spunkiness, sweet but simple Andrew McCarthy and how all the leads ever did was make-out. Also the soundtrack was killer and Duckie was amazing. Duckie allowed me to believe that whatever happened in high school, there would be one guy who would adore and understand me completely. While those ideas are simple, naive and fairly immature, those adjectives also describe me perfectly as an adolescent.
Watching Pretty in Pink recently, I’m amazed. The costume design is insane. In the words of Rachel Zoe, Bananas! It’s not the typical “look what they wore in the 80’s” I’m referring to. I’m convinced Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin” was inspired by James Spader’s Steff. White, linen suits in a public high school? Hells yeah. Spader is part high school gangster, part pimp.
Andrew McCarthy’s Blane looks normal the entire film until prom when he’s doing his best Rick from Casablanca impression (black pants, black vest, white dinner jacket). Does he have the exit papers? Is that why he looks so nervous? Also, I never knew teenage girls wore so many pearls to English class. Let’s not forget Annie Potts, the eclectic record shop owner and Molly Ringwald’s best friend. She is the audiences’ own personal cracker-jack-surprise-outfit in every scene. Whether she is full punk, a geisha, a 50’s prom queen or a 1940’s cigarette girl, each look (brilliantly never addressed on film)is phenomenal. And while I hated, absolutely hated, the new dress Molly Ringwald makes for prom, it doesn’t bother me now. In fact, I think it was a little ahead of its time. Much like the film’s kick-ass costume designer, Marilyn Vance.
Most of all, this film has one of the greatest music/lip-synching moments ever (next to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off‘s “Twist and Shout” of course). I don’t know how Jon Cryer didn’t become a total panty-dropper after this movie. If only he had, “Two and a Half Men” would have turned out so differently. Anyway, please enjoy the greatest Otis Redding lip-synching, girl-wooing moment ever. And re-watch Pretty in Pink. You can thank me later.