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Pretty in Pink, John Hughes’s 1986 class-consciousness teenage melodrama, is best told through its soundtrack. To the Psychedelic Furs’ “Pretty in Pink,” we meet Andie (Molly Ringwald), who works in a New Wave record store, has a crush on a rich preppy named Blaine (Andrew McCarthy), and is lusted after by best friend Duckie (Jon Cryer). When Blaine eventually stands Andie up, Duckie soothes her with his rendition of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.” After Andie and Blaine finally lock lips, Duckie sulks to the Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want.” Andie confronts Blaine’s snobbery to New Order’s “Elegia.” After both arrive at prom dateless, Duckie helps Andie reunite with Blaine to the sweet, sweet sound of OMD’s “If You Leave.” Such classic tuneage is the reason Thursday’s screening of Pretty in Pink at the Gusman Center’s Olympia Theater will also be a dance party. Ladies, wear your prettiest rose-colored ’80s frock, and men, pop your collars. After the screening, dance under the historic theater’s faux starry sky and spin in homage to better times — when there were still New Wave cliques in the lunch room, when there were still New Wave record stores, or heck, any record stores at all.
Thu., June 23, 7 p.m., 2011


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