Rest in Peace John Hughes

by Ryan on August 8, 2009

in Anything Else,Comedy,Culture,Nostalgia,Pop Culture

John Hughes.  As a kid in elementary school through most of the 1980s, I didn’t know who he was, but I certainly was familiar with his work.  My sister was in high school, then, at a time when a series of movies came out which reflected the culture through comedic stylings few individuals have been able to match in a high school setting.  Think The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science, Some Kind of Wonderful, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Then think National Lampoons Vacation and European Vacation, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, and the Home Alone series.  John Hughes wrote all of them

I saw most of those high school movies as a kid and love them still as an adult.  I didn’t get all of the jokes at first, being a mere tyke the first time I saw them, but I could appreciate the off-the-wall humor of Hughes’ films.  Everyone refers to these plus a few other films as the ”Brat Pack” movies, since they starred many of the same actors and actresses.  They are forever stamped in my memories of the 1980s culture.

John Hughes died of a heart attack Thursday at the age of 59.  Here’s an homage to Hughes featuring some of his unforgettable hit movies:

UPDATEHere’s a good retrospective of John Hughes from the American Spectator’s Andrew Cline.

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