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Pretty In Pink (1986)



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Molly Ringwald made a lot of 1980s teen flicks heartfelt and human with her sympathetic performances. It's easy to care about what happens to her, because she comes across sincerely. Her problems aren't the products of stereotypical teenage anxiety, forcibly applied to a plot; they're worries and insecurities we can immediately identify with. For that reason, and also thanks to John Hughes' understanding script, Pretty In Pink is significantly better than it should have been. (Hughes had previously directed Ringwald in Sixteen Candles, another good teen flick, with a more comic slant than this one has.) The movie is sensitive and understanding and should engage both the teenagers of today and those who were teenagers then.