Sunday, August 9, 2009
Best of Molly Ringwald
Nothing says 1980's teen angst movies like redhead actress Molly Ringwald. As Samantha Baker in Sixteen Candles, who can forget the iconic pouter in the pink layered tops and pink princess bridesmaid gown, being awkwardly drooled over by the prepubescent high school geek while she's impossibly in love with gorgeous Jake Ryan, and on top of that her family forgets her 16th birthday. In The Breakfast Club Ringwald plays snobbish Claire in a pink v-neck shirt with rolled-up sleeves and diamond stud earrings, who suffers through a long day of detention with 4 fellow high school misfits and finds out she is way more talented and rebellious than she realizes.
And finally in Pretty in Pink Ringwald plays Andie Walsh, the creative girl from the poor side of the tracks who's worshipped by her best (and annoying with the little 80's fedora hats) friend Duckie while she's in love with rich boy Blane, and who later transforms a seemingly innocent pink polka-dotted 80's prom dress from overdone hell into a horrible home-ec project of cut-out sleeves and poufy straight bodice while the heart-wrenching tune 'If you leave' by OMD plays incessantly in the background.... The brilliance behind these awkwardly accurate high school portrayals was writer John Hughes (who passed away last week), and besides honoring his incomparable influence on teen movies in the 1980's, I want to acknowledge that he always put redhead Molly Ringwald in pink, and that is one clever achievement.
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