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Pretty in Pink 

When: Sun., Feb. 14, 2 & 7 p.m. and Wed., Feb. 17, 2 & 7 p.m. 2016
Price: $12.50
John Hughes was so effective at capturing the heartbreak and angst of teenagers in the '80s that he changed the way people perceive the '80s. The real soundtrack of the decade was Phil Collins and Lionel Richie, not the hip English bands (New Order, the Smiths) that dominate Hughes' soundtracks. But that's part of the charm of a film like Pretty in Pink, which is now 30 years old. Molly Ringwald is a poor girl with great fashion sense who falls for a rich pretty boy (Andrew McCarthy). Can their budding romance beat out the peer pressure of his and her friends? Her friends are far more interesting, by the way; Duckie (Jon Cryer) is a new wave Teddy boy with a heart of gold and the body of a true geek. All McCarthy has is James Spader in one of his earliest "menacing creep" roles. Pretty in Pink is screened at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday (February 14 and 17) at Wehrenberg Des Peres 14 Cine (12701 Manchester Road; Tickets are $12.50.
— Paul Friswold
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