Cult Films: Pretty In Pink

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cult film is "a film with a cult following, obscure or unpopular with mainstream audiences, and often revolutionary or ironically enjoyed" (Wikipedia). Things' new series "Cult Films" covers all the iconic cult films in passionate essays written by the most devoted of fans.

When it comes to iconic movies, I put John Hughes’ work at the top of my list. Considering that, my favorite John Hughes’ (and possibly 80s) film is Pretty in Pink. This cult classic is essentially a sweet, coming-of-age film with a little bit of girl power and none of the cheesiness commonly found in teen films. It also stars Molly Ringwald, “queen of the 80s.”


The film follows Andie, (Ringwald’s character), a lower-class teen in Chicago, as she does her best to get through her senior year alongside Duckie, her dynamic and utterly smitten best friend, and Iona, her employer and fashion/boy guru. As the movie progresses, a romance blooms between Andie and Blaine, a fellow peer played by Andrew McCarthy, but as the relationship develops so do some bumps, as the characters come from different social classes and neither of the two’s friends approve of the relationship.


I consider Pretty in Pink to be a film worthy of its cult classic status because it has what any good film should have: excellent dialogue--it doesn’t sound forced for the teenage characters. Not to mention there's iconic pearls of wisdom within it, from “You could say life itself is a stupid tradition” to “Whether or not you face the future, it happens.” The costumes are exceptional in their own right, considering the combination of the individuality of 80s fashion and that the main character is a fan of fashion herself. It’s also hard not to appreciate Ringwald’s unconventional beauty and her character’s ability to ruthlessly speak her mind. She isn't afraid of being a stereotypical teenage girl and freak out when a cute boy kisses her, but she also can stand up for herself and yell at the same cute boy for not being honest. It’s also nice to see not only a teen that has their life relatively together, but, in contrast, an adult who doesn't: Andie’s divorced father.


Whether it's Duckie’s well-intended, unrequited love, Iona’s extravagant ensembles, or the scene in which Blaine flirts with Andie via computer, there's sure to be something within the film that captures your heart. The qualities and nuances of it are just too impeccable and nostalgic not to admire.

text: lydia velazquez
visual: pretty in pink
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