Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

1980s high school classic written by the great John Hughes (The Breakfast Club), starring Molly Ringwald as a not-so-popular teen caught between the affections of the rich new guy (Andrew McCarthy) and her best friend (Jon Cryer). Co-stars Annie Potts, James Spader and Harry Dean Stanton. Cryer’s Two and a Half Men co-star Charlie Sheen also auditioned for the role of Blane.

1986Rating: M93 minsUSA
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TV Guide

TV Guide

While the script contains trite and unbelievable dialogue, the superbly convincing performances make up for (it)...

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

(Hughes) seemed to be more in touch with real teenagers than any writer in Hollywood (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club). But that magic is missing here...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The movie neatly captures the nuances of youth..

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Howard Deutch is a nice surprise... His precise, unexploitative direction is sympathetic to the awkward pauses in teen talk, to the mopery of first love, to the suicidal bravado of words spoken in heat.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

In the end Pretty in Pink is as fraudulent as the junk it's supposed to transcend.

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Financial Times

Financial Times

Stuck in a too-familiar groove.

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Variety

Variety

A rather intelligent (if not terribly original) look at adolescent insecurities.

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Time Out

Time Out

To be able to give this kind of stuff new and sympathetic twists is a tribute to Hughes' skill with narrative, and to Ringwald's magnetism as a performer.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Miss Ringwald's pouty naturalness remains her biggest asset, and her performance is once again appealing.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Although it is not a great movie, it contains some moments when the audience is likely to think, yes, being 16 was exactly like that.

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