* DeaderThanDisco: Though a critical and commercial success at the time of its release, ''Pretty in Pink'' has fallen out of favor, in part because of the weaknesses of its story, questionable messages, and for being a serious UnintentionalPeriodPiece. It holds a mediocre 6.7 on IMDB, with many posts on the film's message board expressing a negative opinion of it, especially in regards to the acting of Creator/MollyRingwald, who herself has succumbed to this trope.
* DirectorDisplacement: ''Pretty in Pink'' was directed by Howard Deutch, but it's viewed as a Creator/JohnHughes film.
* DracoInLeatherPants: James Spader, at his smarmiest.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Ducky, despite being simply a supporting cast member, is considered by many to be the most memorable character in the film.
* FanPreferredCouple: An interesting example; the test audience disliked the original ending, where Andie ended up with Ducky, because they felt it created a BrokenAesop about not crossing class lines (which was arguably what the film was about). When the film was released, it had a new ending in which Andie ended up with Blaine, but this was ''also'' met with a poor reaction, and Ducky/Andie has been a FanPreferredCouple ever since.
** Notably not just a ''[[FanPreferredCouple Fan]]'' [[FanPreferredCouple Preferred Couple]], but also a ''Creator'' Preferred Couple as well. John Hughes disliked the ending, and rectified it with ''SomeKindOfWonderful'', which features a similar (if not identical) plot, albeit [[GenderFlip gender-swapped]].
* InformedAbility: Andie's sewing skills and fashion sense. Come on, that prom dress is hideous! And the fuchsia tights and baby pink shoes...Even in TheEighties that was a fashion "don't."
* RetroactiveRecognition: You know the kid who almost gets hit in the eye with a staple? That kid grew up to be [[Music/TheAquabats MC Bat Commander]].
* StoicWoobie: Andie is this when you consider the fact that her mother left the family and that she always knew her mother didn't love them. SINCE SHE WAS FIVE.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Even by 1980s teen dramedy standards, this is pretty damn 80s. So much that if people showed up dressed like these people in a movie today, the audience would assume the characters were satirizing the 80s. There's also a lot of Duckie's dialogue (such as him saying "bogus" unironically).