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Duckies Should Always Beat Blaines

I was mildly obsessed with Molly Ringwald as a child. My parents were strict in the sense they made sure I got good grades and didn’t talk to kidnapping strangers, but when it came to what movies I could watch I was a free bird. I went wherever my little wings carried me. This resulted in me losing myself in movies like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink before I was even double digits. I lived for the weekends when I could stay up all night and whisper quotes to myself. Yes, I was always this strange.

To this day, I still find myself drawn to wearing obnoxious hats and floral patterns because of Pretty In Pink. I can literally watch it over and over consecutively. There is one tiny problem though… I despise Blaine. After all, it is an appliance. He was oblivious to other people’s feelings, slightly cross-eyed and seemingly confused by everything. It made no sense to younger me that the girl went for the idiot rich kid when all the while she had a hilarious dancing best friend in love with her. He wore freaking bolero ties. How did she resist?

I think looking back, I have realized from a young age it is ingrained in the majority of females that we should always go for the jerks. We are made to believe that all “bad guys” are actually “good guys” and they will always end up having hearts of gold. This is not a real thing. I know from experience. If someone seems to be a douche bag, 99% of the time it is because they are a douche bag. I understand there are exceptions to all rules, but come on, no. In real life, Duckies should always beat Blaines.



Opposites don’t always attract and if they do they don’t necessarily work out. Sometimes you should be with a person you have a ton in common with. However, whether you are more alike or more different, what it all comes down to is understanding where the other one is coming from. I never felt like Andie and Blaine had a real connection. There was something missing. Their relationship wasn’t built on a solid foundation of friendship.

This is where I think younger me was right on the money. Lasting romantic relationships should always have a foundation of friendship. Whether two people are immediately attracted to each other or not, they should still be true pals underneath it all. You wouldn’t choose to be best friends with a jerk who is unaware of how real life works, so why would you ever choose a partner who is a jerk and unaware of how real life works?

I get it. Not everyone is into nerds with flashy shoes. I personally find the Jon Cryer types attractive, but obviously your type can be any style. Let’s just all agree that despite their dancing abilities or fashion sense, we will make an effort to go for the sweet, genuine, silly type and not the shallow, pompous, rude type.

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  • Liz Haebe

    I have never fallen in love with Pretty In Pink because I have always thought the ending was crap! Duckie ALL the way!

  • Cristina Moreno

    Duckie. Always. Whenever I watch the film, I have to turn it off early so that I don’t Andie get together with Blaine. Duckie is wonderful, funny, stylish and a great dancer. He also loves the crap out of Andie. I imagine that she and Blaine dated for a while before she came to her senses and married Duckie.

  • Kiki Smith

    YES! Why on earth doesn’t she pick Ducky? Hate that ending.

  • Kylie Strong

    I heard that in the original cut of the film she chooses Ducky but test audiences wanted her to choose Blaine, so they had to re-shoot the ending. I also heard that Andrew McCarthy had already shaved his head for his next film, hence the reason for the terrible wig he wears in the Prom scene at the ending, Teeeheee.. I agree, I was always upset she chose Blaine.. :(

  • Taylor Aileen Harrison

    Oh man, I am so glad we are all in this together!

  • Genevieve Cooper

    Nooooo I love this film coz through it are little hints that Blaine isn’t a moron like his “richie” friends. There is a scene where Duckie bumps into one of the rich guys at school and gets thrown in the Ladies toilets. But when he bumps into Blaine at Trax, Blaine says sorry, even though it’s not his fault. And at the end Duckie points out to Andie that Blaine went to the prom alone. He didn’t blow Andie off for his next conquest. She wasn’t just a girl he wanted to hook up with like Steff did. Ok he was a moron to let Steff and his parents pressure him into not seeing Andie, but in the end he realised they were wrong.

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