RIP John Hughes
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.