John Hughes: Some Kind of Wonderful

200px-Some_kind_of_wonderful_posterI know it’s a little belated, but I am thinking today about how much I will miss the writer/director, John Hughes, and the legacy he left with his films about growing up in the 1980’s.

I still can’t get enough of his films about teenage angst: Some Kind of Wonderful, Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty In Pink…Unlike the teenage movies that preceded them, and most of those even today, Hughes’ movies communicated the struggles and the inner-workings of the teenage mind. They were coming-of-age movies with heart.

Films of the ‘60s and ‘70s typically illustrated the teenager in rebellion against all authority. But John Hughes was able to bring a compassion to the rebellion, and help us understand why we struggled so hard to find our way. It was because we were from the wrong side of the tracks…or we had an alcoholic parent…or we had our heart broken…or we could never live up to the legacy of our parents…he helped us to understand ourselves.

Hughes’ films pitted geek against cheerleader, poor kid against rich kid, athlete against outsider. But in the end, no matter who we were, we found we were mostly the same, that we wanted the same things, and that we all felt misunderstood by someone.

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  1. darksculptures
    Aug 20, 2009 @ 20:12:18

    Breakfast Club is still one of my all-time favorate movies. Somethings you just never outgrow.

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