Howard Deutch Had No Idea ‘Pretty in Pink’ Would Wind Up a Classic


Pretty in Pink is rightfully considered a teen movie classic. The story of an awkward young girl (Molly Ringwald) who feels torn between her nerdy best friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) and the handsome prep who has taken an interest in her (Andrew McCarthy) vie for her attention. Released at the height of John Hughes’ considerable stronghold over the American teenage movie market, the film often gets confused for one of his directorial efforts. But it was actually the debut feature of Howard Deutch, who would go on to have several more collaborations with Hughes and a prolific career in television …