Thursday, April 25, 2013

Movie and a Mani: Pretty in Pink

Hello again :)  Coming at you with another movie review and movie-inspired nail art.  This is another film that I had never before seen and since we've done a comedy and an action/adventure, I picked a romance this time.  Pretty in Pink is somewhat still in the romantic/comedy genre- so you can expect some humor, but mostly it's a teen, coming of age, first love, very 80's romance.  So this is a John Hughes film, released in 1986.  Some of it's brother and sister films are Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Home Alone, The Breakfast Club, Mr. Mom, Sixteen Candles, Some Kind of Wonderful, Christmas Vacation, and Curly Sue!  I mean, Hughes is a powerhouse!  Some of those films are definitely classics for me and I was really looking forward to this one joining the mix.

So as you can see, this film stars Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, and Jon Cryer.  They are joined by a great supporting cast including Annie Potts and James Spader.  I have to tell you that basically the best thing about this movie for me was Jon Cryer.  If it weren't for his fabulous role in this film I probably would never be interested in watching this film again.  Actually- no probably about it- the only reason I'd watch this film again would be for Annie Potts at 7:45, 59:44, and 1:01:45 and for Jon Cryer at many moments like at 36:50-38:34, but that being the best scene of the film, if you're going to watch any of it- don't miss that part. In fact, I didn't know Jon Cryer before watching this film, but his performance in it actually makes me want to check out a few episodes of Two and a Half Men to see if it's as excellent.

This movie is centered around three main elements: prom, first love, and social class distinctions.  A girl and boy from opposite sides of town fall in love and what ensues is their struggles with making a relationship work that their peers don't approve of.

So there are some major fashion influences in this film.  Molly Ringwald's character is into making her own clothes and her scenes always have a lot of lace in them, weather its in what she's wearing or how her room is decorated, but I felt I had to incorporate that factor into the nail art.  Of course it had to include some pink, and I chose a really flushed pink, not too dainty, not too neon.  Finally I loved that Annie Potts character was rockin' some great black leather so I included that in the manicure as well.  Here's what I came up with:

The polishes I used for this look are Nicole by OPI Find Your Passion, Cult Nails Fetish, and Sinful Colors Easy Going.

Nail Art in the Movie
So once again, there's no nail art in the movie, but there is plenty, plenty of fashion.  Oh, the good old 80's, you bring us so much stylish brilliance! Actually...the incessant accessorizing and pattern upon pattern really gags me, but hey- our past is always with us :)

So, this film isn't as family-friendly as I was hoping it would be.  It seems like so often in the 80's they snuck in way too much language for even a PG-13 rating.  I would have had a much higher opinion of this movie had it left out the swearing.  Maybe the writer felt like since it's a movie about high school there had to be a significant amount of foul language to be truthful...but eh, it didn't benefit from it's inclusion.  That's the first thing I wanted to point out because had I known that before I watched the film, I probably wouldn't have.  Other than that- this movie was really only ok.  Like I said before, if it weren't for the some of the supporting cast the movie would have been rather dull. Sorry to say I can't recommend this movie whole-heartedly, but if you are a hardcore John Hughes fan then you may love it.  The themes of Pretty in Pink are good- including but not limited to- friendship, first love, believing in your own worth, ambition, and family.  So look for those elements in this film, but also be prepared for the language, sexual and drug allusions and waaaaay too much 80's crazy :)  This movie is on Netflix for instant streaming right now, and here is the trailer if you want to watch it  Actually- this trailer has all the best parts of the film in it(including most of the best Jon Cryer scene) I guess you could just watch the trailer and be done with it =p

Unrelated Song of the Day
keep listening til at least 00:59 Dad :)

Hope you enjoyed this movie and a mani.
Over and out

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