Think Pink: Pretty in Pink at Tampa Theatre

All hail the Hughes!

Pretty In Pink
$10. July 3, 3 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St. 813-274-8286. tampatheatre.com.

If you didn’t get to see John Hughes’ teen masterpiece Pretty in Pink in theaters as a teenager, now’s your chance to see it on the silver screen. Not familiar with the story? Why the hell not? John Hughes gives us classic eighties movie fodder: lower-middle-class girl (Molly Ringwald) pines after upper class guy named Blane (Andrew McCarthy), who is the sort of character you expect when the screenwriter names him Blane. Because typical teen angst doesn’t make for an eighties masterpiece, Hughes made sure to include the uber-sympathetic character, Ducky (Jon Cryer) who is, of course, madly in love with Andie. Throw a prom, a single dad and a dress into the mix and you have middle-aged-ish women like me everywhere sighing and saying, “yeah, they just don’t make movies like this anymore.”