Cinema: Growing Pains Pretty in Pink

Directed by Howard Deutch Screenplay by John Hughes

"Oh, why can't we start old and get younger?" keens Iona (Annie Potts), a perky eccentric in her 30s who has never discarded the totems of a happily trashy youth: prom dress, beehive hairdo and the Association crooning Cherish. But there is enough sweet irony in her voice to suggest that she has looked into the face of her teenage pal Andie (Molly Ringwald) and seen just why the Fountain of Youth is laced with citric acid. Teenhood is the pits. Faces are constantly aflush with anger, ardor, embarrassment. Anguish over dates and grades streaks the first application of mascara. Clique...

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