It’s hard to believe that the redheaded teenage beauty from the 80s is now 47, but as we celebrate Molly Ringwald’s birthday, we want to take a look back at all the times she totally got us. Let’s be honest, no matter what generation you’re from, 80s Molly Ringwald just speaks to your teenage self.
- “Never fall in love. You just won’t like it.”
Pretty in Pink makes you feel all the feels, and this quote accurately describes how we all feel after a break up. Love is gross.
- “I can’t get happy. It is physically impossible for me to get happy.”
Obviously, Sixteen Candles understands how miserable it is to be sixteen years old and feel like literally everything is the end of the world.
- “You know, I have just as many feelings as you do, and it hurts just as much when someone steps all over them.”
Because no one is more sensitive than a teenager. Or Ringwald’s character from The Breakfast Club.
- “If somebody doesn’t believe in me, I can’t believe in them.”
Preach, Molly. This rule should be followed all the time, no matter your age. Is there anything worse than a guy (or friend or family member) who doesn’t believe in you and support you? Keep your standards high, like Molly did in Pretty in Pink.
- “When you do find the right guy, don’t let him boss you around.”
She might not have written the Sixteen Candles screenplay, but Molly dished out some serious wisdom in the 80s. Let your inner teenager thrust her fist into the air in agreement.
- “You know, you just don't understand the pressure that they can put on you!”
NOBODY GETS ME. Except Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club.
- “I just want them to know that they didn’t break me.”
Like any teenager, Molly didn’t want anyone to see her fall apart. You just gotta dress up, put on your red lipstick, and show everyone who they’re dealing with, like Molly did in Pretty in Pink.
- “When you don’t have anything, you don’t have anything to lose, right?”
The teenage angst in Sixteen Candles was just so on point. 80s Molly just, like, gets you.
- “Why? ‘Cause I’m telling the truth, that makes me a bitch?”
No, Molly. It makes you our hero. And it made The Breakfast Club a cult classic.