Generation X Mourns John Hughes

August 6, 2009 | By Bridget Burns | Entertainment


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The writer, director and producer for a generation died today at age 59.   John Hughes told a very American, and more specifically mid-western, tale of suburban teen life in films such as “Pretty In Pink”, “Sixteen Candles”, “The Breakfast Club”, “Some Kind Of Wonderful” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.   His films depicted a safe rebellion that was resolved before the end credits rolled.  His soundtracks introduced New-Wave music to the masses and encouraged sympathy with the disaffected underdog.    He has had an undeniable influence on directors such as Kevin Smith, Judd Apatow and Wes Anderson.  He made Molly Ringwald, Matthew Broderick, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy household names and in part contributed to the formation of the 1980′s “brat pack”, a young Hollywood scene that was a spectacle on its own.  Hughes is also responsible for writing some of the most classic American comedies of the past few decades with the “Vacation” and “Home Alone” franchises.   Anyone can relate to the adolescent lives that play out in a John Hughes movie, but for people whose formative years matched those of his characters, his films can illicit a special nostalgia for an era gone by.

What is your favorite John Hughes movie?

Check out Hughes’ work here.  See the careers he fostered here.


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