Molly Ringwald is the epitome of the 80's. Her mannerisms, smiles, snarkiness, and pursuit of teenage love is something that older viewers will look at with an unbridled nostalgia, and younger viewers will feel both entranced and embarrassed by. Pretty in Pink is surprisingly somber. If all the Rolly Ringwald films were connected (she being the same character), this is the film where she finally realizes what maturity means.
It may be easy to dismiss the film for being a walking 80's cliche, and some moments will definitely cause a cynical eyeroll. But, the film has an almost shocking amount to say about privilege, social classes, and puberty. The characters are all in a self-absorbed bubble, but that's a John Hudges thing. But, it has charm. And if you dig a little deep and get to that place of being young and having the whole world ahead, Pretty in Pink is a modern princess tale.
70% of proceeds of all ticket sales will go to support the efforts of "Pink Up the Pace," a local breast cancer research and support organization.
Welcome to the Corazon team, Ryan Merkel. He is a writer who loves to watch movies. Naturally, this makes him a critic.