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Stalking In Pink

Got a challenge  the other day from Niki all the way over in Greece to stalk some of the locations from her favorite 80s flick Pretty In Pink.  I have to admit that before I got the challenge I had never actually seen the movie, so this week I made a special trip to Blockbuster to rent it.  After watching it I was in shock that I had somehow missed seeing this movie during the 80s – Pretty In Pink  is pretty much right up my alley and I have no idea why I had never watched it before this week.  Better late than never, though, right?  Anyway, thanks to Mike over at MovieShotsLA, who located all of the Pretty In Pink  locations long ago, I was able to stalk one of the houses from the movie yesterday.  


In Pretty In Pink, Molly Ringwald plays Andie, a girl who is literally from the wrong side of the tracks.  In the movie, Andie’s tiny home is located directly next to a set of train tracks supposedly in the Chicago area.  In reality, her home can be found just outside of L.A., in South Pasadena, right next to the Metro Gold Line tracks.  Andie’s train tracks looks much the same today as they did back during the filming of the movie.  I was actually pretty surprised to discover that the majority of the filming of Pretty In Pink took place in Los Angeles, as John Hughes usually prefers to film on location in Chicago. 



Anyway, I was absolutely amazed to discover that Andie’s house also looks EXACTLY the same today as it did back in 1985 when filming for Pretty In Pink  took place.  The only major difference I noticed is that there is now much more foliage located in front of the house than there was 23 years ago.  Otherwise the home is exactly as it was portrayed onscreen.  It is always amazing for me to stalk a location from a movie or television show that was filmed over two decades ago only to find that little to nothing has changed over the years.  I’ve never been a big fan of change.  : )                 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Andie’s house is located at 1010 Hope Street in South Pasadena.   Literally directly around the corner from Andie’s house is Michael Meyer’s house from the original Halloween  movie.


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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

I have been an SJP fan since looooooooong before Sex and the City premiered.  Back in grade school, my friend Nat introduced me to a little 80s flick starring Sarah Jessica Parker called Girls Just Wanna Have Fun  and from that moment on I have been absolutely obsessed.  Along with my other fave 80s movie, License to Drive, I literally think I watched Girls Just Wanna Have Fun  at least once a week throughout my childhood.  For those who have never seen it, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun  is a little bit Dirty Dancing, a little bit So You Think You Can Dance, with a little bit of The Cutting Edge mixed in – what more could you ask for?  🙂  The movie is also CHOCK full of stars.  Besides SJP, GJWHF  co-starred Jonathan Silverman, Helen Hunt and my all time fave, Brenda Walsh herself, Shannen Doherty!  So can’t wait for 90210 2.0  to premiere, but I digress.  Anyway, I grew up believing that all of GJWHF  was filmed in and around the Chicago area.  So last week when I discovered that some filming took place at John Marshall High School, I decided to dig a little further to see if I could find some other LA locations from the movie.  And I am happy to report that I was successful!  🙂


In the very beginning of the movie, Helen Hunt takes SJP with her on a babysitting job so that the two of them can watch “DanceTV” together.  While watching the scene where the girls walk to the house where they are to babysit, I noticed a street sign in the background which said “200 S. Plymouth Blvd”.  So I did a little Zillow stalking and it turns out that there IS a South Plymouth Boulevard in Los Angeles.  In that scene, the girls walk past a HUGE brick house on a large corner lot before making their way to their babysitting job at the house next door.  When I zoomed in on Zillow to see a larger view of the homes on Plymouth Boulevard, I spotted the large brick house the girls walk past!  So I immediately hopped in my car and set out to stalk the place in person.  🙂

Pulling up to the house, I could not have been more excited.  It’s pretty silly actually, as only one very brief scene took place at this location, but I was floored just the same!  I felt like I was one step closer to finding the brick apartment building SJP’s character lived at in the movie – a location I have always wanted to stalk! 


I am happy to report that the large brick house looked exactly the same as it did 23 years ago when filming took place.  The home is very beautiful in person and it’s easy to see why filmmakers chose to use it in GJWHF  as it definitely looks like it would be located in a midwest suburb.   

The Plymouth Boulevard street sign that gave me my big stalking clue as to the home’s location is also still in the same exact spot it was during filming.  🙂 


After stalking the brick home, I made my way next door to stalk the house where HH and SJP babysat.  Although only the front porch area of the home was shown during filming, it was easy to see that it was the same house used in GJWHF.  You will notice the house number “217” in the background of the above screen capture.  Those same gold house numbers are still there in real life.  🙂

My next stalking mission is to find SJP’s apartment from the movie (pictured in above screen capture).  Does it look familiar to anyone??  I have a feeling that this location is going to keep me up at night for the next few weeks.  🙂

For those who have not seen Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, I highly recommend renting it.  It is a GREAT 80s movie and just as much fun to watch today as it was in 1985.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The house SJP and HH walk by in the movie is located at 501 S. Plymouth Road in Los Angeles.  The house where the girls babysit is located next door at 517 S. Plymouth Road.


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