Friday, August 7, 2009

R.I.P. John Hughes

Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong, but we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.” — Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall)

For many,
John Hughes defined their childhood. Years later, I still quote his movies constantly. Who doesn't remember watching The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sixteen Candles, or Weird Science? Plus, as I read the list of works with which he was associated, I notice he had a part in almost every single one of my favorite movies from the 80's - writing, producing and/or directing. Last week, I had the choice of watching either Sixteen Candles or The Princess Bride. I should have watched Sixteen Candles. (Turns out, I didn't watch either, but that's not the point.) John Hughes hasn't been active in the industry in recent years, but his influence lives on.

I just read this excerpted quote from Judd Nelson and really loved the way he phrased his statement: "...John’s desire for the truth of the spoken word aligned perfectly with his gift for treating young people not as children, but as developing adults..." I think that sums up why he resonates so much with young people.