I was spending the weekend with a bunch of old college chums when I heard the news that iconic film director John Hughes had passed away. Since I went to school during the height of Hughes’ popularity in the mid-80s, it was somehow appropriate that I would be in the company of the very people with whom I saw his movies.
Hughes directed, produced and/or wrote some of the most memorable films of my generation.
He directed Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, She’s Having a Baby, Uncle Buck, and Curly Sue.
He wrote Mr. Mom, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, and all three Home Alone movies.
And in the process, he created the “Brat Pack” and helped launch the careers of Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, Lea Thompson, John Cusack, Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey and Macaulay Culkin. It’s hard to imagine what the 80s would have been like without Hughes’ influence on the decade.
Who’s your favorite John Hughes protege: Matthew Broderick, Anthony Michael Hall or Molly Ringwald ? Voice your choice in today’s featured poll. I’m off to light a candle — or sixteeen — in his honor.
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