Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1986. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by John Hughes. Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto. Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner. Music by Michael Gore. Production Design by John W. Corso. Costume Design by Marilyn Vance. Film Editing by Richard Marks.
John Hughes shows his softer side in this tender romance starring Molly Ringwald. She plays a high school girl whose rough home life revolves around her single father (Harry Dean Stanton) and his inability to keep a steady job. She is in love with the school’s rich boy (Andrew McCarthy) but doesn’t think he will ever notice her, which complicates things for her best friend (Jon Cryer), who secretly loves her but does not believe he has a chance. Classist stereotyping ruins the believably at times, particularly James Spader‘s trademark role as a heartless snob who seems to have sold his soul for the good life, but otherwise it’s a sweet movie with engaging characters and a satisfying ending.