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Pretty In Pink: The Golden Age of Teenage Movies

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Jon Bernstein, film critic for Spin magazine critiques his favorite teen movies from the golden age of the '80s. The Brat Pack and their contemporaries have grown up, but celluloid has them flickering forever, angst-ridden, haunted, guileless, cocky, stripped to their briefs, and all dressed up pretty in pink. 25 photos, 8-page color insert.
Paperback, 230 pages
Published January 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Jun 01, 2013 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of 80s (teen) movies
80's films were a genre of their own, and if you add into the mix teen 80's movies, you get an explosion of taste that has no comparison. Teen 80's films were about sex, drugs, skipping school, staying out late, cruising the streets at night, talking on your own phone (land)line to your friends, getting pregnant, and getting caught smoking in the boy's or girl's bathroom at school. Yes, those were some fun times, and only if you grew up during that time will you be able to say that they were rea ...more
Feb 01, 2008 billy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teen movie addicts, listmakers
Pretty in Pink started out a lot of fun, reveling in just how much of a shock to the zeitgeist's system a movie like Porky's was and how glorious it was to have John Hughes at the controls of Hollywood for a few short years. But somewhere along the way, things go off the rails and it just begins to feel like one giant list of brief synopses of every teen eighties movie there is. Bernstein also seems to get more and more comfortable with his wisecracking tone throughout and lame potshots at Tina ...more
Cat Springer
A fun, if completely subjective guide to the overblown, big hair, MTV-generation movies of the 1980s geared squarely at teenage audiences of that decade. Not terribly informative, but a great shopping list of nostalgic, sentimental, goofy, even embarrassing videos. If you ever got oogly over the likes of Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson or Molly Ringwald (she's even on the cover and the title is from one of her films!), you'll enjoy this alright. Really could have used a working in ...more
It was lots of fun to revisit some of the most-loved movies of my young-adulthood, but I was somewhat disappointed in that Bernstein didn't seem to like many of these movies very much - you would think that someone who wrote this book would be a big fan, and, though he has his favorites ("Pretty in Pink", "Clueless"), he's rather dismissive of some of the big ones ("Sixteen Candles", "The Breakfast Club"). The writing was a bit amateurly done, and the author is a BIG fan of certain phrases that ...more
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I thought that this would be an homage to movies like Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles and the like, but was I wrong. The author basically tears the movies and the actors apart. I really didn't enjoy this book very much. Not even any behind the scenes secrets or anything like that.
It's slightly embarrassing how much I really enjoyed reading this book when it came out. But it has really insightful essays on why teen movies in the 80s meant so much to people, what made them great and what made them ridiculous, and what it says about that generation.
Sarah Giovanniello
Very thorough analysis of ALL the 80s teen movies; Heathers, Lost Boys, a chapter devoted to John Hughes, even Just One of the Guys! Nothing is better.
Enjoyable collection of essays on 80's teen movies, split into different genres, and what they said about that generation.
great source for 80s filmophiles
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