It’s our final John Hughes tribute week mug! You didn’t think we’d do a John Hughes week and not feature the man’s muse: Molly Ringwold? Well, think again. It’s up to discussion as to what John/Molly film is the best, but John specifically wrote the part of Andie in Pretty In Pink for Ringwold. As far as 1986 goes, she was irreplaceable. She took on the roll of a working-class high school girl who has a crush on one of the richie boys. When Andie and Blane (“Blaine? His name is Blaine? That’s not a name, it’s a major appliance!”) try to get together, they encounter resistance from their respective social circles. We must mention our love/hate for Blane’s buddy Steff (James Spader)! Another pretentiously named richie that majors in douche baggery. He wears light colored Miami Vice inspired get ups most of the flick and makes looking cool look, well, cool.
We also have a love/hate for Duckie, Andie’s sidekick. John Cryer, your Otis Redding impression – via “Try a Little Tenderness” is gold, but your whining and pining over Andie gets a little nauseating. Get a clue, pal.
The film leaves us still humming “If You Leave” by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. I touch you once I touch you twice. I won’t let go at any price…
Thank you, John Hughes, for the beloved characters, memorable lines and soundtracks that imprinted the 1980’s in our brains forever. Cheers!