One of my top five favorite movies (along with Grease, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid and Girl Happy) Pretty in Pink was released 30 years ago this month, on February 28, 1986 to be exact. I was in the 8th grade. I don’t remember seeing it in the movie theater like I remember seeing Ferris Beuller’s Day Off on the last day of middle school with about two rows of my friends, but I know I did. 30 years later I still watch Pretty in Pink at least a few times every year. It is by far my favorite John Hughes’ movie, more than Sixteen Candles or The Breakfast Club. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Paramount re-released Pretty in Pink in theaters for two days on February 14th and 17th. Cindy and Angela (my two oldest friends) and I went to see it at Egyptian Cinemark Theater at Arundel Mills on the 17th and made a night of it. Rather than going to a restaurant before, we decided to go to the casino and play the slots – and just had a popcorn and candy dinner during the movie.
It was great to watch Pretty in Pink on the big screen again. Even though I’ve watched it over and over the past 30 years, it is an entirely different and better experience watching it the theater with my two oldest friends whom I’ve known since well before middle school. It really took me back to the 1980s. Not that I needed to be taken back. I constantly listen to 80s music, when I’m not listening to U2 or Elvis. And most of my movie and tv collection is from the 80s. I may be biased because I grew up in the 1980s (8 in 1980 and 18 in 1990), but the 80s were the best decade with the best movies, tv shows and music. If I could live in the 80s, I would – actually, maybe I still do.
I guess I am not the only one who wants to live in the 1980s because before the movie started, they showed other classics that were going to be re-released in the theater. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in May, showing in select theaters May 15th and 18th. After the movie, they showed one of the extras from the dvd about the original ending for Pretty in Pink. The script, which John Hughes wrote for Molly Ringwald, was written with Andie and Duckie ending up together. When it was screened, the audience booed this ending. So six months after they finished shooting, they called everyone back to reshoot the ending to have Andie end up with Blane. By this time, Andrew McCarthy was doing a play as a soldier and had lost weight and shaved his head. They gave him this terrible wig to shoot the final scene. Watch the prom scene closely and you can tell – it’s pretty bad. On the way home from the theater, OMD’s “If You Leave” came on the radio – the 80s station of course.