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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

5 stars

Awesome movie about how a girl from the wrong side of town falls in love from a guy from a clique that doesn't accept her but they end up together at prom. This movie has great music and is an 80s classic!!! :) I love it but really wish she would've ended up with Duckie :) But it was still a good movie :) :) :)

- movieguru12, Tuesday, May 31, 2011

4 stars

While it's taken some time, this really is a great movie with a good message about social status. It appears to be a light teen drama on the surface, but it really deals with some powerful issues about love, trust and social values. Molly Ringwald really does personify the 80s teenage girl, working in a record store and having to worry about money and reputation. Andrew McCarthy really is the true knight in shining armor, he's a genuinely good person who doesn't care about money, only love. Now John Cryer's Duckie is annoying beyond belief, but I feel that it was for a purpose. He represents every geek who thought they deserved something without having to work for it. I think it's James Spader who totally steals every scene he's in, probably one of the greatest 80s characters every created. He's never in class, throws parties and is a ladies man. Given the proper lens, this really is a great movie that gets misunderstood as a John Hughes comedy.

- ythelastman89, Wednesday, September 29, 2010

3 stars

"What, you and me? Well, you know, maybe it doesn't happen all the time, but it doesn't mean it isn't right. Right? Doesn't mean you can't try." 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 to be way too "girly" for my taste, but that wasn't the case at all. Guys, don't be afraid to check this out. What starts out as what seems to be just another 80's boy meets girl kind of movie, ends up being a pretty smart flick about class, family issues, self-worth, and that gauntlet/mine field known as high school. Pretty in Pink is more serious than funny, and has the kind of relatable and likeable characters that these kinds of movies need to be successful. I liked the cast, liked the story, and just enjoyed the whole thing, overall. You don't have to have been a teenager in the 80's (though I'm sure it helps) for this to be a worthwhile movie. And it certainly doesn't hurt to be reminded how silly it is to judge people we don't know by superficial things, including how much (or how little) money they have. Recommended.

- lewiskendell, Sunday, September 5, 2010