After the Hype #129 – Pretty In PInk

postbanner2Andie (Molly Ringwald), Blane (Andrew McCarthy) and Duckie (Jon Cryer) in Pretty in Pink.

 

This week on the podcast Maggie from CHICKS WHO SCRIPT joins us for a discussion about PRETTY IN PINK. We all talk about what worked, what didn’t work, and Duckie. Poor, sweet, asshole Dickie. #TeamDickie

 

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WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN DOING?

The part of the show where we catch up with what everyone is doing. Yes, we named this section such on purpose. It’s funny. Haha.

BRYAN – Love
JON – D&D 5th Edition
RYAN – Cities Skylines
CODY – Heroes Season 1
MAGGIE – Vinyl Pilot

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RATING SYSTEM

Where we pick a different piece of media to rate the media we consumed. This week:

MOVIES SET IN HIGH SCHOOL

BRYAN – Perks of Being a wallflower
JON – Napoleon Dynamite
CODY – Can’t Hardly Wait
RYAN – 10 Things I Hate About You
MAGGIE – Empire Records

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Sosumi
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This is from the perspective of someone who grew up in Chicago. This movie came out 2 years after I graduated high school. John Hughes is great at capturing that time period in the Chicagoland area. In Ferris Bueller, he used actual locations in the North Shore, like the fast food place where Rooney thinks he caught Ferris.

For Pretty in Pink, there was a club/juice bar in the 80’s called Medusa’s on Sheffield that had underage shows much like the band in the movie. Someone in the podcast mentioned they wished there was a cool place like that club IRL to hang out. So in that I was lucky! It did exist back in the day. Trax was a copy of the famous Wax Trax on Lincoln Ave. It was the place to go for Punk, Industrial and hardcore music. I don’t know why he didn’t use the actual locations at the time, like he did in Ferris Bueller.

I did not want Andie with Duckie, I thought he was a creep even in the 80’s, couldn’t stand him. Anthony Michael Hall was originally offered the part, but he refused, fearing typecasting. I think if he had accepted the role, I might have accepted Duckie and Andie at the end. I really disliked Jon Cryer’s portrayal. It was obnoxious, without the charm Hall would have had in the part. That dance scene was cringe-worthy. When I saw it, I had the same expression on my face that Ringwald did onscreen. LOL

The story line is clunky because John Hughes REALLY wanted Duckie & Andie as the endgame, but Ringwald & Cryer’s chemistry was not there with the added negative reaction to test screenings forced the change. I feel Hughes’ attachment to Andie/Duckie shows, to the detriment to the storyline (no good relationship development for Blane/Andie.)

James Spader was fantastic in this film. I always wished there would have been some sort of redemption for him, maybe he could have ended up with Andie instead. He was very compelling with the few scenes he had in the film.

Andie’s style is based on Ringwald’s actual taste at the time, but she HATED that prom dress, apparently John Hughes wanted it so it stayed.

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