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PRETTY IN PINK

Review by Chastity Campbell

Stars: Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer
Director: Howard Deutch
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Studio: Paramount
Features: See Review
Length: 96 Minutes
Release Date: August  5, 2008

“BLANE…His name is Blane?” 

“That’s a major appliance not a name!”

Film ****

Big hair, big jewelry, and bad fashion, yes the 80s are gone, but thirty-somethings take heart, because through the modern marvels of technology, you can bring a little piece of you’re past alive with Pretty In Pink on DVD.

John Hughes, Teen Movie GOD of the 80s, bringer of classics like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, hands us a funny but trendy story about love and friendship that will leave you smiling in the end.

The movie stars Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club) as Andie Walsh, a poor girl living with her out of work and broken down father.  Andie lives in a world where you are either rich with no worries or barely getting by, and they are barely getting by.  She’s the dream girl her best friend Duckie has always wanted, only his name should be chicken because he can’t find the courage to ask her out.   Jon Cryer (Hot Shots), who plays the loveable yet hopeless Ducki,e has the funniest lines of the film.  His rendition of “Try A Little Tenderness” by the awesome Mr. Ottis Redding will leave you laughing yourself silly!  

The movie progresses and Andie gets asked out by a richie named Blane.  Andrew McCarthy’s character Blane is not your typical spoiled rich boy.  He’s smart and not overly concerned with his friends’ opinions.  That is until his friend Steff, who is jealous because he asked Andie out and she turned him down, gets inside his head and convinces him that dating a mutant, as he so eloquently puts it, is not cool!  

James Spader “Stargate” is a great actor but his look and style didn’t seem to fit the part of Steff.  Maybe it was his Miami Vice style suit or it could have been the chain smoking, either way he was not really convincing as a high school senior.

In the end, Duckie saves the day by letting go of his dream and giving Andie the push she needs to go after her guy.  Blane and Andie reunite at the Prom and leave together arm in arm.  Duckie spies a hot chickadee who points his way and once he realizes that yes, she is pointing at him, he takes his cue and heads on over to introduce her to The Duckman. 

Originally Hughes had Duckie and Andie getting together at the end of the movie but pre-screening reaction caused him to change the ending to fit what the teen movie fans of the day were looking for.   I think they made the right choice where all parties were concerned.  Pretty In Pink is a great movie and if you’re a Hughes fan like I am you will no doubt be watching this one over and over again.

Video***

This DVD was the Widescreen Enhanced version for 16:9 TV’s.   The film quality was good and the transfer to the Digital format was very nice.  It was a bit grainy at times, but otherwise no obvious visual flaws.

Audio ****

I have got to own this soundtrack!   Michael Gore did an amazing job putting together all the music for this movie.  Listening to the opening theme song sends you directly back to the 80s without question.  Songs by OMD, INXS, and The Psychedelic Furs leave you rocking in your chair. The 5.1 Dolby was awesome and radiated through my living room with complete clarity and no flaws!

Features ½ *

The disc includes a bonus CD of 80s music.

Summary:

Get in your car and take a trip out to wherever you go and grab this movie.  It will remind you how to smile a little, laugh a lot, and why the 80s will never be remembered as a decade of great fashion!  What are you waiting for…get moving!

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