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:
- 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.