High school senior Andie Walsh lives modestly with her underemployed working class father, Jack.
Andie's best friend, Phil "Duckie" Dale, is in love with her, but is afraid to tell her how he truly feels.
These films are powerful because their creator, Hughes, understood the pain of teenhood while always presenting his young audience with a real sense of optimism, especially by story’s end.
As producer Michelle Manning once explained to me, it was as if Hughes were telling his young audience, “Let me try to show you that it doesn’t have to be that tough.” Molly Ringwald’s novel focuses not on teendom but on marriage and parenthood, and nowhere does she try to show you that it doesn’t have to be that tough.
Just cause the gaydar is going off, doesn’t mean your instruments aren’t faulty.