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RIP John Hughes

August 6, 2009

By Shannon

Molly Ringwald, John Hughes and Michael Schoeffling on the set of 16 Candles

Molly Ringwald, John Hughes and Michael Schoeffling on the set of 16 Candles

We’ve lost a lot of icons this summer, but John Hughes occupied a special place in my heart.  Sure, he hasn’t made a movie in over 25 years, but he had more impact on my life than any other film maker I can recall.  At the tender age of  15, I stepped into his magical world when I saw 16 Candles. The movie spoke to the awkward, brace-faced nerd I was at the time.  I found  Molly Ringwald’s character Sam so relatable, and just knew someday my “Jake” would overlook the hot girls at school and give me a second glance.

His second directorial movie was The Breakfast Club.  There has never been, and there will never be,  anything that comes close to its spot-on depiction of High School life through the eyes of the teenager.  Everyone could relate to someone in that movie.  People still quote dialogue from it, two decades later.  As ridiculous as the stereotypes in that movie were,  things really haven’t changed that much.  Hughes definitely had his finger firmly on the pulse of the teenager.

Hughes went on to direct Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; She’s Having a Baby, Uncle Buck, and Curly Sue. He was also responsible for writing Mr. Mom, National Lampoon’s Vacation, European Vacation, Pretty in Pink, Christmas Vacation, Some Kind of Wonderful, the list goes on and on.   It reads as a greatest hits for my teenage years, and I know most people my age feel the same.

Hughes also introduced a staggering amount of young movie stars to the spotlight, including Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Jon Cryer, John Cusack, Ally Sheedy, Matthew Broderick,  and Macaulay Culkin to name a few.   His contributions are plentiful, and he will be missed.

John Hughes died of a heart attack at he age of 59.   RIP Mr. Hughes.


3 Responses to “ RIP John Hughes ”

  1. Stacy Bartolich on August 6, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    What a phenomenal director. Classic, witty movies that spoke to every era of my life and left me ready for the next hit. RIP, John

  2. anncine on August 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    This truly saddens me….so I shall leave a quote from 16 Candles, “Where is my automobile?” “Automobeeeeel?”

  3. frothy fan on August 6, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    16 candles is on my list of best movies of all times. Will never forget that movie and can’t wait to show it to my kids when they get old enough. A great movie maker of our time is lost.