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Pretty in Pink

comedy, drama, romance

She's a high school girl from the wrong side of town. He's the wealthy heart-throb who asks her to the prom. But as fast as their romance builds, it's threatened by the painful reality of peer pressure.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Dated, but still fun for teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film features teenagers in mature situations. Adults and teens are shown using crude language, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, cavorting in their underwear, and trashing a home during a party. A character is seen rolling a joint. Excessive bad behavior is portrayed in a negative light and usually results in negative consequences.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how financial status and conformist behavior play roles in determining popularity. Parents may want to share and compare their own high school experiences with their kids to bridge the generation gap. They could use this film to discuss and encourage their kids to recognize the value of their classmates' differences.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It is perhaps too much to ask that a John Hughes film bear the standard for class warfare in the 1980s, especially when the film was so tone-deaf in depicting its subculture's milieu.

- Chris Barsanti,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: This is like every other Hughes film, just a little shoddier.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Fresh: ...even the notoriously reshot conclusion comes off as genuinely sweet and touching...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Friday, October 13, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Blane's a pretty cool guy. Andie's pretty in pink. And Ducky's pretty crazy. Very good movie! I love the 80's! Pretty in Pink is one of several John Hughes movies that I'm just getting around to seeing for the first time, and it's a good one. The title had me a little wary that this was going go be way too "girly" for my taste, but that wasn't the case at all. Molly Ringwald was very good. Andrew McCarthy and Jon Cryer seemed to feel their part more than the rest of the cast. But James Spader was such a realistic jerk, you want to get up and punch his face in. Pretty In Pink epitomizes everything that made the 80's a great time for teen flicks. Secret loves, proms, a great soundtrack and John Hughes. Definitely give this a try. It is like the Breakfast Club crossed with Romeo and Juliet crossed with offbeat pop culture. Just excellent. Young Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy from school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet?

- MANUGINO, Wednesday, May 9, 2012

4 stars

Pretty in Pink is a good teen drama about wealth, poverty, and love. John Hughes wrote this movie and he does it with only the pure teen knowledge that made masterpieces like Ferris Beuller and The Breakfast Club so perfect. The plot takes in a lot of themes that connect about poluarity and image in high school, and it really got me thinking and I enjoyed it. Molly Ringwald really did do a good performance, but nothing i have not seen from her before in other Hughes films. Jon Cryer is the true star of the film as I found him to be the funniest, most touching, and best actor in the film. The ending is not how it should have been I think however, I believe she should have ended up with her friend Duckie instead as he had loved her a long time before Blane did. But hey no reason to cry over spilled milk, and anyway this film is a must see espically for fans of Hughes work.

- DreamExtractor, Thursday, March 29, 2012

3 stars

I am actually surprised with Pretty in Pink. I felt that it was not your average Romance film, and that John Hugh's effective and intelligent script treats the material at hand very well, without making the romantic elements cheesy or cringe worthy. Pretty in Pink has a terrific cast of actors that all deliver great performances. The film shows two different classes of people and those classes that clash when two teens from either side slowly fall for one another. I really thought that Pretty in Pink was a terrific film and did not overdo the romantic elements, they blended comedy into its story as well, and it didn't overshadow anything. Most love stories tend to overdo it, and they fail miserably at making it look believable, but this film is believable and it succeeds at being entertaining. The film has a wonderful story and is far better than most romance films because the chemistry between all the characters is believable. If you're looking for a different type of romance film, then this is a film that might surprise you. A well acted, and believable story makes this film worth watching. Not your typical love story and what's great is they don't overdo anything.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Thursday, September 1, 2011