A 1986 film starring Molly Ringwald
as Andie Walsh, a teenager with a crush on an upper-class boy, Blane McDonough (Andrew McCarthy). When he turns out to reciprocate her feelings and they pursue a relationship, their respecive social circles show some resistance.
Andie lives on the Wrong Side of the Tracks
with her unemployed, divorced father (played by Harry Dean Stanton
), who she cares for, almost like a mother. Her best friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) is in love with her, but plays it off as a joke to maintain their friendship. The two of them are harrassed by the "richie" kids, Steff (James Spader
), and Benny (Kate Vernon). Andie works for her older friend Iona (Annie Potts) at TRAX, a New Wave music store in Chinatown. Iona urges her to go to the prom. One of the Brat Pack
movies. Written (but not directed) by John Hughes
This film provides examples of:
- Adults Are Useless: Andie's unemployed father is too immersed in his grief over his divorce to be much of a father to her.
- The well-meaning gym teacher just makes things worse when she tries to punish the rich bitches bullying Andie.
- Betty and Veronica: Ducky is the Betty and Blaine is the Veronica to Andie's Archie.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall : When he meets "Duckette," Ducky looks directly at the camera for a moment, as if to say "You see her too, right?" It's brief, but it looks deliberate.
- Camp Straight: Ducky dresses as extravagantly as Andie.
- Cool Loser: Andie and Ducky.
- Cringe Comedy: Much of the drama involving Ducky's unrequited affection steers eerily close to this.
- Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: One of the more egregious examples.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Ducky, to Andie.
- Fiery Redhead: Andie.
- I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Outsider Andie is surprised that popular Blaine would be interested in her.
- Informed Poverty: Andie is stated to be poor, but lives in a nice house and even has her own (pink!) car. Although both are quite shabby compared to the mansions and expensive sports cars the other students have.
- Lipstick and Load Montage: Andie in the opening credits.
- Manipulative Bastard: Pretty much everyone in Blaine's circle of friends, especially Steff.
- Manly Tears : Blaine cries a few.
- Missing Mom
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: At the prom, Andie wears a pink dress and Ducky wears a blue suit.
- Pink Means Feminine: Andie's trademark prom dress.
- Precision F-Strike: When Blaine cancels his prom date with Andie, saying that he already asked someone else and forgot about it, she calls him a "filthy, fucking, no-good liar". This is the only time the word is used in the film.
- Society Marches On: Though Ducky is meant to be a sympathetic character, much of his behavior constitutes stalking by current legal and social standards.
- Stalker with a Crush: Ducky, who is even told off by the bouncer at the club that won't let him in.
- Unintentional Period Piece: 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.
- Upperclass Twit: Several, but Steff in particular.
- Uptown Girl: Gender-reversed with Andie and Blaine.
- Wrong Side of the Tracks: Literally.