I decided to start this feature with one my fondest movie character crushes (yes, Marty McFly and Max from "A Goofy Movie" are on this list too.. don't hate..) - the one and only duck man from the fabulous film "Pretty In Pink". I first saw "Pretty In Pink" as a sophomore in high school. Seeing this one film began a love affair with the 80's that's yet to pass. I must have watched "Pretty In Pink" at least 97 times between the ages of 15 and 18. I fell in love with the story.. poor girl meets rich guy and their love beats all the high school odds... but more importantly, I fell in love with the lovesick, effortlessly cool, forever loyal Duckie.
There's actually one scene in the movie that was really the main reason why I rewatched the movie so many times. Now, if you're a Duckie fan too then you know exactly what scene I'm talking about without anymore explanation. If you haven't seen "Pretty In Pink" or you're not a huge Duckie fan like me or you're a just not into John Cryer because of the whole Two and a Half Men thing, hopefully you can still appreciate the magnificence of the clip that I'm about to show you because of the Otis Redding factor, if nothing else. Check it out!
This one scene caused me to practically wear out my local video stores VHS copy of "Pretty In Pink". I couldn't get enough of it. Actually, I still kinda can't - no lie, I watched the clip three times before posting it here! There's just something special about dear ol' Duckie. Maybe it's his daper style. GERD, do I love it!
Also, how adorable is John Cryer here?!
I always wondered why Andie picked stupid Blane (sick!) over wonderful Duckie. Duckie was so good to her and it was evident that he really loved her. Blane just had a nice car and weird bulging eyes. Poor Duckie. I always feel for characters that pine endlessly over the thing that they can never seem to have. Probably because that's how I spent most of my adolescent years... hopelessly infatuated with guys that didn't know that I existed. I know how you feel, duck man.. all too well.
So, I hope that filled your Duckie cup to overflowing capacity! Until next week.. I'm off like a dirty shirt!