I’ve been enjoying a “Sex-and-Malls” movie fest, which has included screenings of “Clueless,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Heathers” and “Pretty In Pink.” The weird thing is, I’d never seen “Pretty In Pink” before, despite the fact that I was just an infant in 1986 when the movie came out. Ahem.
I learned a few things from watching “Pretty In Pink.”
1) First off, James Spader was hot. The man is an outstanding actor, but middle age has certainly changed him quite a bit. Feathered hair and white linen pants really worked for him.
2) Despite the fact that tons of people love this movie and call it a classic … oo, I’m scared that the God of the ’80s will strike me down … but no, I’m gonna say it: This is not a good movie. Here, see what I mean:
Steff (Hottie James Spader): “Why are you doing this? Why don’t you just… nail her, and get it over with? Why are you getting involved?”
Blane (Andrew McCarthy, and were people really so into him?!): “Is there something wrong with that?”
Steff: “I just think it’s stupid, you know. It’s pointless. I mean, your parents…. Listen, I’m getting really bored with this conversation, all right, Blane? If you want your piece of low-grade ass, fine. Take it, you know. But if you do, you’re not going to have a friend.”
Low-grade ass? Threats of dumping a friend? None of this, or anything else in this script, rings true. But the cool thing I learned, the reason I’m including this movie on this blog, is
3) That shopping at thrift stores used to be deeply uncool. Poor Andie (Molly Ringwald) is literally from the wrong side of the tracks. Her pink, repurposed outfits make her an outcast, while today, she’d have her own blog and Instagram followers. In 1986, going to Goodwill meant you were poor, maybe a hippie, but certainly dirty and weird.
Today, thrifting is seen as clever, eco-friendly, unique and stylish. People like Rachel Zoe and Dita Von Deese, who can certainly afford to shop anywhere, talk about their best finds, their curated collections of older clothing, and their favorite places to shop for vintage. So huzzah: our passion will not stop us from going to prom.
If this post puts in you the mood for Molly’s pearls, I couldn’t possibly come up with a better photo gallery than Let Them Eat Vinyl already did, and if you still need a vintage ’80s fix, check out the Pretty In Pink trailer.