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A 1986 romantic teen dramedy film written by Creator/JohnHughes and directed by Howard Deutsch.

Creator/MollyRingwald stars as Andie Walsh, a teenager with a crush on an upper-class boy, Blaine [=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 WrongSideOfTheTracks with her unemployed, divorced father (played by Creator/HarryDeanStanton), for whom she cares almost as a mother would. 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 (Creator/JamesSpader), 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 Creator/BratPack movies. Hughes and Deutsch would collaborate again the following year on ''Film/SomeKindOfWonderful'', which is in many ways a {{Gender Flip}}ped version of the same story.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdultsAreUseless: 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.
%%* BettyAndVeronica: Ducky is the Betty and Blaine is the Veronica to Andie's Archie.
* BreakingTheFourthWall : 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.
* CampStraight: Ducky dresses as extravagantly as Andie.
%%* CoolLoser: Andie and Ducky.
* CringeComedy: Much of the drama involving Ducky's unrequited affection steers eerily close to this.
%%* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: One of the more JustForFun/{{egregious}} examples.
%%* DoggedNiceGuy: Ducky, to Andie.
* EightiesHair: Kristy Swanson's character sports a big puffy ''Series/{{Dynasty}}''-style 'do in her brief scene near the end.
%%* FieryRedhead: Andie.
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: Outsider Andie is surprised that popular Blaine would be interested in her.
* 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."
* InformedPoverty: Andie is stated to be poor, but lives in a nice house and even has her own (pink!) car. Of course, both are quite shabby compared to the mansions and expensive sports cars the other students have.
* LipstickAndLoadMontage: Andie in the opening credits.
* ManipulativeBastard: Pretty much everyone in Blaine's circle of friends, especially Steff.
%%* ManlyTears: Blaine cries a few.
* MissingMom: Andie's mom left her dad some time prior to the start of the film.
* ParentalSubstitute: Iona serves as a friendly yet maternal figure to Andie, especially since the girl's father is depressed and not at all there and her mother left.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: At the prom, Andie wears a pink dress and Ducky wears a blue suit.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Andie's trademark prom dress.
* PrecisionFStrike: 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.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Test audiences didn't like the original ending where Andie and Duckie ended up together and preferred Andie to choose Blaine instead. Thus Kristy Swanson was cast to give Duckie someone to end up with.
* SealedWithAKiss: The film ends with Andie and Blaine making out in the parking lot.
* SocietyMarchesOn: Though Ducky is meant to be a sympathetic character, much of his behavior constitutes stalking by current legal and social standards.
* StalkerWithACrush: Ducky, who is even told off by the bouncer at the club that won't let him in.
%%* UpperclassTwit: Several, but Steff in particular.
%%* UptownGirl: Gender-reversed with Andie and Blaine.
%%* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Literally.

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