Pretty in Pink Movie Poster
  • Released
  • February 1, 1986
  • PG-13, 1 hr 36 min
  • 38 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pretty in Pink is a 1986 John Hughes-written movie about an independent misfit teen from a working-class background who falls in love with a rich kid from the popular clique. It's a classic of '80s teen cinema and rightfully so, but there is also frequent profanity from teenagers (including "f--k" and "s--t"), as well as teen drinking and smoking and some bullying. And, like all John Hughes teen movies from that time, adults are either clueless authority figures or too lost in their own despair to be of much help to their kids -- or they're just simply not around. By the same token, John Hughes movies were unafraid to explore themes of fitting in, the shallowness of high school cliquedom, and the broken homes and difficulties faced by the American teenager of the 1980s. Many of these problems persist today; despite the overall dated feel to this movie, it's a great opportunity for parents and teens to talk about how things have changed and how they have remained the same since Pretty in Pink was released.

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