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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Pretty in Pink

Last night my husband totally humored me by not throwing the remote at my head when I insisted on watching the last 20 minutes of "Pretty in Pink". You see, I consider myself a child of the 80's. While I was born in the early 70's, I take no credit (or fault) for any outfit I wore in the 70's, as those outfits were purely my parents fault.

But my pink hair, pink eye glasses, pink tie, and Madonna style lace headband were all totally my fault. And yes, even my bedroom was pink (and I say thank goodness pink is finally back in style :-)

I was 12 going on 13 when "Pretty in Pink" came out. I had my first "real" boyfriend (ha ha ha! How I can laugh now at my naivete), and Pretty in Pink was my first DATE movie ever. Yes, Jon Cryer had a movie career 20 years before his next big hit with "Two and a Half Men", a show I do watch and love. Andrew McCarthy and Molly Ringwald, not quite so lucky in the hit department.

Anyway, the movie will forever hold a special place in my heart. I will also admit to you, oh dear internet, that I still have all of the lines memorized. I used to listen to the sountrack incessantly too. It can instantly take me back to a simpler time, and 1986 still seems like the end all, be all of teen years for me. I even cried as the credits rolled, not because the ending was sad (yes, in the book she does end up with Duckie and not Blane). I cried because 20 years has passed in a flash, and I thought, "What the hell happened?" How on earth could 20 years go by so fast?

I know, I know, I am sounding old. But yes, Pretty in Pink is 20 years old this year, I'm wondering if they will or have already released a special commemorative DVD. I might, um, have to buy it. It will be next to "Say Anything" and "She's Having a Baby" on my shelf. Because really, don't we all want reminders around of ourselves when we were that young?

Sure, my daughter will tell me I'm a dork and "Mom, you are EMBARASSING me", but you know, perhaps she will like them too and can get a sense of what the world was like back then. I just made her watch "Ghostbusters" and I was pleased to find she actually did like it.

On the other hand, I did finally see "The Constant Gardener" which was excellent but totally depressing. Which I guess is why I digress this evening back to Pretty in Pink...

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