Ever since my nearly 5-year-old daughter could talk, if you ask her what her favorite color is, she’ll immediately say “purpleandpink” real fast all together, very emphatically. So she’ll be excited to know that one half of her beloved duo has its own “holiday” today. That’s right, it’s National Pink Day. When I looked up what this holiday was all about (just in case it wasn’t the obvious conclusion I was drawing), one site said that it’s a day that “colors the world in vibrant shades of pink and explores everything it represents.” OK then!
Pink is certainly represented well in movie titles, so if you want to include a “pink” movie in your celebration, here are 10 very different options:
Pretty in Pink – This was the first movie that popped into my head. This beloved ‘80s rom-com from John Hughes stars Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer and Andrew McCarthy (along with an oh-so-smarmy James Spader) and has what’s considered to be one of the best film soundtracks of all time. Duckie 4-eva!
Then of course there are all of the Pink Panther movies. What started as a goofy British comedy-mystery movie in the ‘60s spawned a film franchise, a spin-off cartoon that I used to watch as a kid, and then movie reboots in the early 2000s. We’ve got two of the classics (starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau) and two of the reboots (with Steve Martin as the lead). So yes, this is your excuse to watch 4 movies in a row: The Pink Panther (1964), The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), The Pink Panther (2006 … Beyoncé alert!) and The Pink Panther 2 (2009).
Pink Cadillac – If you’re into really weird comedies that don’t seem like they should be comedies from their description, this is the one for you. It stars Clint Eastwood and Bernadette Peters, and includes all of the following: white supremacists, a baby-napping, a rodeo clown, cameos by Jim Carrey and the singer Bryan Adams, the Hank William’s Jr. song “There’s a Tear in My Beer,” and of course, an actual pink Cadillac.
The Pink Zone – Keeping with the theme of “really, really strange movies” for a second, we have an inventive but polarizing horror film that may strike a little too close to home right now for a few different reasons. It’s set during a pandemic where only women are affected. So in order to protect the dwindling number of teenage girls, an area called “the pink zone” is created where no one else is allowed in. But guess what? Other people get in.
Mean Girls – Now I’m going to list a few movies that don’t actually have pink in their title. But obviously watching this sharp 2004 teen comedy is a great way to celebrate today’s holiday because as its iconic line states, “On Wednesdays we wear pink.” Though I bet even the Plastics would make an exception this week and wear pink on Tuesday!
And finally, I’m starting to really reach here, but since Pink Floyd – The Wall isn’t streaming On Demand, how about the star-studded sex-addiction dramedy (I know, I know) Thanks for Sharing or the animated crowd-pleaser Happy Feet Two on Redbox On Demand? Because they both star … Pink!
With that, I will let you go celebrate National Pink Day in your best pastels while eating cotton candy. Enjoy!