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RIP: John Hughes

2009-08-06 22:55:51.307368+00 by ebradway 9 comments

I know that some Flutterby readers had their head under a rock during the 80s - but for those of us who spent their teenagehood in mainstream society during those years, John Hughes wrote and directed movies that really seemed to "reach us". The Breakfast Club was one of the first movies that I could identify with the characters and even characters we sometimes wished we could identify with, such as those in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Weird Science. I never realized it, but he also directed some of funniest comedies of all time such as National Lampoon's Vacation and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. You'll be missed.

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-07 00:15:17.053175+00 by: jeff

He will definitely be missed. One movie (which he penned), which comes to mind, is "Home Alone." I thoroughly enjoy it every time I happen to watch it.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-07 03:20:57.230145+00 by: Dan Lyke

"You know how you said before, how your parents use you to get back at each other? Wouldn't I be outstanding in that capacity?"

#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-07 10:14:29.808771+00 by: John Anderson

"She doesn't talk, sir."

#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-07 10:14:55.195531+00 by: John Anderson

Oh, and of course the classic, "Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?"

#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-07 17:11:30.983636+00 by: m

ebradway said "some Flutterby readers had their head under a rock during the 80s"

I resent that! I have had my head under a rock my entire life, and I am proud of it.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-07 18:00:40.701101+00 by: Diane Reese

"during the 80s ... for those of us who spent their teenagehood in mainstream society during those years..."

Some of us were already in our 30s in the '80s, so many of Hughes' movies seemed far less relevant.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-08 23:55:05.692239+00 by: Dan Lyke

Apropos of m and Diane's comments, I wonder who the John Hughes of right now is? Judd Apatow?

#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-09 13:57:31.649477+00 by: ebradway

I apologize to anyone who took offense. Maybe I could partitioned my demographics better. For instance:

I know that some Flutterby readers who were teens in the 80s had their heads under a rock. But for those of us who managed to peel themselves away from their Commodore 64 long enough to catch a movie...

Movies like The Breakfast Club had actually a very narrow demographic appeal. Maybe Hughes should be denigrated not creating works with more universal appeal. But I was 15 at the time, so I was part of the target demographic. And when you're 15, finding something that speaks to you is like finding Jesus.

#Comment Re: Unrelated: Commodore 64 made: 2009-08-09 14:27:22.942305+00 by: jeff

Eric--you brought up one of my most fond memories of the 1980s. The Commodore 64.