It may be hard to believe, but it has been 30 years since Molly Ringwald was Andie, Jon Cryer was Duckie, James Spader was Steff, and Andrew McCarthy was Blane in the John Hughes 1986 romantic comedy that was all pink, prom and preppy with a post-punk soundtrack. If like me, you were a teenager in the 80s, then ‘Pretty in Pink’ is a movie that may evoke many memories. In fact, that and the Breakfast Club were probably the movies that defined a generation.
It is thought of by many as the quintessential ‘chick flick’, but this story was so much more. It was a tale of devotion, friendship, and discovering self-worth. And seriously who can forget the fashion! Andie’s look is solidly ’80s — think piles of pastels, rhinestones, and ruffles and, of course, signature pink!
There were so many iconic moments of full pink splendour to enjoy again and again. If you haven’t seen the movie, then we highly recommend getting it on Blue Ray or DVD. Just as a quick refresh the basic plot is working-class girl meets preppy-but-sensitive boy. Teen angst ensues, love doesn’t triumph, and then it does! Ok, that’s a very simplified version.
Andie comes from a poor home, is a bit of an outcast at school and works at a record store. Duckie is her best friend who has secretly been in love with her since childhood. Enter Blaine, A popular rich kid who is interested in Andie despite the social pressure from his friends. After a couple of days of flirting Blaine eventually asks Andie out, much to Duckie’s disappointment. Andie is initially very excited but feels out of place when Blaine takes her to a party, and his friends are less than accepting.
Despite the social world differences the two want to make it work and Blaine asks Andie to Prom. Blaine’s idiot friend, Steff get’s to him, though, and Blaine backs out of the prom date. Andie eventually decides to go anyway, is meet there by Duckie, and they reconcile their friendship.
Blaine realizes he was wrong and apologises to Andie, Duckie relents and tells her to go after him, and Andie and Blaine make up and out in the parking lot, and everything is golden in 80’s teen romance land. Here’s the iconic final scene of the movie.
And as if all of the above wasn’t reason enough to love this tribute to all things pink, the film was packed with some memorable quotes. Here are just a few of our favourites:
Famous Quotes From Pretty In Pink
Steff: You know, I’ve been out with a lot of girls at this school. I don’t see what makes you so different.
Andie: I have some taste.
Duckie: Hey, drinking and driving don’t mix. That’s why I ride a bike.
Andie: If somebody doesn’t believe in me, I can’t believe in them.
Andie: I just want them to know that they didn’t break me.
Andie: May I admire you?
Duckie: If you wish!
So as we wind down #sipnzrose month, might we suggest that if you find yourself at home, you open a bottle of our The Sisters Rosé, kick back, put your feet up and get lost in the rom-com that launched a million more! Cheers ladies.