Lessons Learned from ‘Pretty in Pink’

Pretty in Pink is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this month. Aside from feeling really, really old, I also felt really, really excited when my friend Stephanie suggested we go see the flick during a special anniversary showing at our local movie theater. Watching Ducky Dale on the big screen was everything I hoped it would be — and more.

The fashion was awesomely abysmal. The music was interestingly quirky. Molly Ringwald’s pout was on point and James Spader is one of my all-time favorite ‘80s villains next to Cobra Kai’s Johnny in his skeleton costume. Plus, we all know how I feel about John Hughes.

Pretty in Pink is one of the good ones. Here’s why:

Lessons Learned

  • Be yourself.
  • It’s hard to believe in people who don’t believe in you.
  • Wearing large cotton blazers in various colors is cool.
  • It doesn’t matter which side of the tracks you live on. High school peer pressure is real.
  • Your earrings don’t have to match.
  • Having an after school job at the record store is about as cool as it gets.
  • Always tell the truth.
  • Spice up your gym clothes by adding tights, a funky broach and kicky beret.
  • If in doubt, wear taffeta to the prom.
  • A boy who is sweet can easily have crappy friends. Some may look like they are 30-years-old. Ignore them all.
  • Everyone needs a Ducky Dale in his or her life.
  • Everyone needs an Iona in his or her life.
  • Buy more wigs.
  • Sometimes, you have to be the parent in the household.
  • Learn how to sew. You never know when you’ll need to combine two dresses into one.
  • There are no candy machines in the girl’s bathroom.
  • Always flirt back with the boy who flirts with you on a Commodore 64.
  • “If You Leave” by OMD is G-R-E-A-T-N-E-S-S. Download now if you do not own it.
  • Andie was right. They can’t break you.

Pretty In Pink Quotes I Still Recite

  • May I admire you?
  • Blane? His name is Blane? That’s a major appliance! That’s not a name!
  • Do I offend?
  • This is an incredibly romantic moment and you’re ruining it for me.
  • Don’t waste good lip gloss.
  • Applause, applause, applause…

Finally, when “Try a Little Tenderness” comes on, I think of this moment. Every time.


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