The 1986 romantic comedy Pretty in Pink turns 30 this year. Those who weren’t around to live through the days of big shoulder pads and the perfectly-captured teen love angst of mid-1980s era John Hughes films can catch this classic from his repertoire when it hits select theaters nationwide next month. Those that saw it the first time around can wax nostalgic about the wonders of Dippity-Do in maintaining budge-proof high coifs, perhaps think of one’s own questionable teen love choices and revisit one of the “30 Greatest Rock & Roll Movie Moments.”
In Pretty in Pink, Molly Ringwald stars as Andie, the outsider teen who falls for one of the rich kids, Blane, played by Andrew McCarthy. Meanwhile, Andie’s sidekick Duckie, played by Jon Cryer, wants to be more than just friends (check out Cryer recently reviving Duckie’s famous dance scene during The Late Late Show). James Spader plays the snobby Steff, who’s quite keen on enforcing their suburban Chicago high school’s pecking order. Can Andie and Blane’s star-crossed love weather the storm of disrupting a high school caste system? To find out, or revisit the plot, the movie hits big screens just in time for Valentine’s Day and it’s also screening on February 17th. The film was originally released on February 28th, 1986.
Beyond its humorous and often accurate portrayal of high school crushing-out life, Pretty in Pink‘s soundtrack made Rolling Stone‘s “The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time” with Hughes’ nicely-curated new wave picks ratcheting up all of the emo taking place on screen.
Tickets are available through Fathom Events, which also handled the 25th anniversary re-release of Hughes’ Home Alone. According to Chicago Tribune, the 30th anniversary edition of Pretty in Pink is expected to include alternate endings and behind-the-scenes footage. Filmmaker Hughes died in 2009.