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Molly Ringwald Discusses Her Favorite Teen Film

Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald Discusses Her Favorite Teen FilmThe Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Sixteen Candles are without a doubt three of the best teen movies of all time, at least in the 1980s.

Molly Ringwald, who appeared in all three films, is still considered a teen icon today.The John Hughes muse, now 53 and a mother of teenagers, is well-versed in the teen film genre.“One would think that after being one of the most famous teenagers ever, I would have some special insight into being a teenager, and I find that I’m actually sort of in the weeds with every other parent,” Ringwald said in an interview with This website.“You know, when I was a teenager, everything was different. All of the difficulties we faced in high school—bullying, insecurity—have not changed, but what has changed is the internet,” Ringwald explained.

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“Because adolescents now have to deal with all of that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as climate stressors and all of that, I truly believe it is more difficult to be a teenager now.”But, as a teen icon, which contemporary teen film do you think Ringwald considers to be his best?Bo Burnham’s 2018 teen drama Eighth Grade, which he wrote and directed, is the answer.

“I think my favourite teen movie of all time is probably Eighth Grade, the Bo Burnham movie starring Elsie Fisher,” Ringwald said.“I believe that captured the essence of the films I made with John Hughes,” she says.According to Ringwald, the film “seemed the most true to life in terms of what teams are going through now with the rigours of social media.”

“It’s entertaining and moving, and I think that’s probably my favourite,” she added.Ringwald also appeared in the critically acclaimed Netflix series The Kissing Booth, and she admits that playing a mother was both difficult and rewarding.“It was a completely different experience, and making those movies was a lot of fun,” she said.

“It was pretty low pressure for me because I was really the maternal character—sort of like a teen Buddha, if you will,” the actress says.


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