John Hughes' PRETTY IN PINK & Martha Coolidge's VALLEY GIRL
John Hughes' PRETTY IN PINK (PG-13, 1986, 96 min)
Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) is a teenager who lives in the dingy part of town with her terminally underemployed dad (Harry Dean Stanton). She works at a record store with eccentric Ionia (Annie Potts) and is considered a misfit at her uppity high school, but somehow she rises above them all. Her oddball best friend, Duckie (Jon Cryer), is hopelessly in love with her, so he causes trouble for her romantic pursuits. When local rich kid Blaine (Andrew McCarthy) develops a fascination with her, they go out on a date together. The romance versus high school social politics finally culminates at the big night of the prom.
Martha Coolidge's VALLEY GIRL (R, 1983, 99 min)
Valley Girl is, like---Omigod!---one of the most tubular teen romantic comedies of the 1980's. This movie launched Nicolas Cage's career, and it's easy to see why: Cage is perfectly cast as a Hollywood punk who instantly falls for Julie (Deborah Foreman), a San Fernando Valley Girl who must choose between wild-boy Nic and her preening jock boyfriend. With sincere humor, a lively soundtrack of '80s hits, and a time capsule cruise of Hollywood landmarks, Valley Girl is both timeless and nostaligic.
Friday, February 15