As you can tell by now, I am an admirer of Duckie “The Duckman” Dale from Pretty in Pink (1986) played by Jon Cryer.
Because he is a Dork who is hopelessly devoted to someone who has friend zoned him from the very beginning of their relationship. Yet he persists over and over again! Eventually he does the noble deed and lets the girl go so she can pursue her heart. For a moment there we think he will be alone, but there is hope for him yet. A gal gives him the eye. He looks directly into the camera then back at the girl as if he can’t believe it. Then he moves out of the frame headed directly for her. The audience can’t help but say: “Yes Duckman! Yes, you earned it!”
John Hughes did a masterful job at bringing to life a character that represents the hopeless romantic. The romantic that can never catch a break!
So I scavenged a thrift store and made myself a Duckie Dale outfit to pay tribute to such a great narrative. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Duckie: “This is an incredibly romantic moment, and you’re ruining it for me!”