YMMV / Pretty in Pink

  • Deader Than Disco: 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 Unintentional Period Piece. 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 Molly Ringwald, who herself has succumbed to this trope.
  • Director Displacement: Pretty in Pink was directed by Howard Deutch, but it's viewed as a John Hughes film.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: James Spader, at his smarmiest.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ducky, despite being simply a supporting cast member, is considered by many to be the most memorable character in the film.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: An interesting example; the test audience disliked the original ending, where Andie ended up with Ducky, because they felt it created a Broken Aesop 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 Fan-Preferred Couple ever since.
  • Informed Ability: Andie's sewing skills and fashion sense. Come on, that prom dress is hideous! And the fuchsia tights and baby pink shoes...Even in The '80s that was a fashion "don't."
  • Retroactive Recognition: You know the kid who almost gets hit in the eye with a staple? That kid grew up to be MC Bat Commander.
  • Stoic Woobie: 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.
  • 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. There's also a lot of Duckie's dialogue (such as him saying "bogus" unironically).