SHERDOG MOVIE CLUB: Week 242 - Pretty in Pink (1986)

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  1. europe1 It´s a nice peninsula to Asia

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    Here's a quick list of all movies watched by the SMC. Or if you prefer, here's a more detailed examination.

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    Our Director
    John Hugh--wtf it's some other guy named Howard Deutch?
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    Howard Deutch was born on September 14, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Pretty in Pink (1986), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) and The Replacements (2000). He has been married to Lea Thompson since July 23, 1989. They have two children.

    Our Star
    Molly Ringwald

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    Film Overview


    Premise: A poor girl must choose between the affections of dating her childhood sweetheart or a rich but sensitive playboy.

    Budget: $
    9 million

    Box Office: $40.4 million

    Trivia
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    * Filmed at the same Los Angeles high school where Grease (1978) was made.

    * The filmmakers wanted Blane, to be "a hunky, square-jawed jock," but Molly Ringwald wasn't attracted to that sort of guy. Ringwald had some say in the casting, and after Andrew McCarthy auditioned, she told John Hughes and Howard Deutch her thoughts on him. "That's the kind of guy I would fall in love with." They thought he was a "twerpy guy", and weren't interested, but Ringwald pushed for his casting.

    * This is Molly Ringwald's favorite among her own films.

    * Released ten days after Molly Ringwald's 18th birthday in the U.S.

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  2. BisexualMMA Don't Put My Name in the Name of Steroids!

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    Good soundtrack and atmosphere but to be honest I never really liked this movie much when I thought about it. The main character basically has nothing to overcome. She is being pursued by the guy she wants the whole time and her struggle is to basically "realize she is worth it" and be like, okay sure I'll go out with him.
     
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  3. Scott Parker 27 Your Mom's Box

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    Watching with my wife and daughter now!
     
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    And we're done folks. Nailed it in 5 lines.

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    How did this win over Breakfast Club? Fml.
     
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  7. europe1 It´s a nice peninsula to Asia

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    Yeah this movie is pretty... mediocre. Simply put it's a drama that's not very hard-hitting. The characters have crises but they never feel very monumental. This is both on the overall front and in the specific. Andie's dad is having a breakdown about his lost wife? Tearful father-daughter moment! Duckie has to give up on the woman he loves? Toss him a hot blonde for compensation! It's like the movie is to preoccupied with being a feel-good movie to be impactful.

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    Also... Molly Ringwald just isn't that good of an actress. She's one of those stars that has an easy screen-presence, managing to look sensitive and winsome, but she can't really do anything spikier then that. She doesn't come across as socially awkward, self-conscious about her poverty, intelligent, or any of that darker stuff you need for good drama.

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    The highlight of the movie though is definitively Steff's drugged-out, dead-eyed look. James Spader plays a sociopath and he embraces it. Making him attracted to Andie was a good movie since otherwise he could have very easily been just another jock, rich-kid who bullies the protagonists. I like how when Blaine and Andie stumble into his bedroom, he invites them in, and then seems more interested in Andie then his vapid blonde bombshell, like he's already ruining Blaine's relationship and aiming to nail Andie in the future.

    I think that everyone has just seen the Breakfast club before.
     
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    Nice pearls.

    This ain't a dinner party, honey.
     
  9. HARRISON_3 Steel Belt

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    She had to overcome poverty.
     
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  10. HARRISON_3 Steel Belt

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    Yea, Steff definitely steals the show, IMO

    One of the all time great villains of the 80's.

    Personally, I never really cared for Blain.
    Can't quite put my finger on it.

    Definitely don't hate him, he's just meh.
    Kinda like his character in Less Than Zero.
    (Now that's a dark movie, IMO)

    Also kinda wish Molly Ringwald woulda been a bigger star. Had a crush on her when I was a kid.

    I would've liked to have seen a sequel or like a "where are they now" kinda thing.

    I could see Steff being a senator, Blain being a pediatrician married to Andie who's a socialite who forgot her poor roots, Duckie being featured on To Catch a Predator, and Andie's dad complaining about his low pay aboard the Nostromo.
     
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    Anyone else think Andie and Steff should've done a hardcore porn scene?
     
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    She and her Dad were poor, but it really didn't have much to do with her main obstacle in the movie. She didn't have to work more hours to achieve her goal or move up the corporate ladder (Working Girl). She basically just had to say to herself, "yeah I'm poor but I can still date this rich guy" and she could have done that anywhere from minute 10 to minute 90 of the film.
     
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    Dang man, I was only joking:D
     
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    Also, my favorite line in Working Girl was when Nora Dunn says, "You read W?"
     
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    I ain't gonna say it never happens but do you know how rare that shit is in real life? Studies have been done that show women decide almost immediately, like within 5 minutes of meeting you if they would date you. Moral of the story here is there is no waiting, you have to go for it early. You aren't going to walk your way out of the friendzone, its like the death zone on Everest. You get the same sort of dynamic in Say Anything with John Cusack where he wants one girl but is pursued by another.

    In fact, it seems to be a theme that ran throughout the 1980's, friend wants to date protagonist, protagonist wants to date someone higher up the social ladder and John Hughes is a multiple time offender when it comes to the near impenetrable walls erected by high school cliques. He loved to put that on display in the Breakfast Club. They were friends on a Saturday in detention but come Monday they don't know each other exist.
     
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    Reminds me of Teen Wolf where Boof is in love with Scott, but he wants Pamela.
     
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    Better Off Dead, The Heavenly Kid...

    It was a great formula.
     
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    Must be a great formula because it has been done repeatedly, especially in the 80's. Lets not forget about 1987's Can't Buy Me Love.

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    I thought this was mostly good but I had the big love hate relationship with Duckie. I love the performance from Jon Cryer, but hate the character. I think Cryer is doing his best with this material and there are a lot of scenes where he pulls it off. It's a good performance from a physical comedy POV (Ignoring his singalong). It's just a character that gets on my nerves with the quickness.

    Blane is a better love interest and I really liked the awkward chemistry between him and Andie. Andrew McCarthy was a big highlight for me. I think I'd only ever seen him in Less Than Zero and I didn't think much of him, but he has a weird charisma here that's very likeable. I was rooting for him and his romantic scenes with Andie were really good. Duckie redeeming himself at the end and shit

    I thought Ringwald was good too. I thought her scenes with Stanton were good too although the whole rich/poor angle didn't do much for me. It's not Titanic, there doesn't seem much of an obstacle to their romance, but I suppose it does a lot for the movie just by causing drama and building tension.

    Spader was a show stealer here. I wanted to see that movie. It's funny both Spader and McCarthy were in the disappointing Less Than Zero adaptation because they totally looked like they were straight out of that book, putting aside that Blane has feelings. I've always been a big fan of Spader so it's about time I watched this. I love yuppie playboy Spader
     
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    Yuppie playboy Spader defines the 80's, IMO
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