A Tribute to John Hughes
A Legend is Gone!
I don't know if I have the right to even speak for the rest of my generation on the passing of film director and writer, John Hughes. I can only say that I will try my best to describe how much his movies meant to me and my generation, and how much we will all miss him.
I grew up in Seattle in the 1980's during the hey day of Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, National Lampoon, Pretty In Pink, Ferrus Bueller's Day off, and Weird Science. I can remember graduating from sixth grade and being excited about the start of my summer before Junior High School. My bestfriends' mom drove all of us to a Drive-Thru movie in her station wagon. This is before mega theatres, DVD's, computer downloads, and Blue-Ray. Here was a simpler time where you grab a bunch of your friends and have their parents drive you to a out door theatre, where you could buy popcorn, pop, candy, and watch two movies for the price of one. You could sit back and relax in the back seat with your friends to watch the movie being screened before you on a large screen.The first feature I saw was Desperate Seeking Susan and than followed by The Breakfast Club. (My favorite movie to this day is The Breakfast Club, than Pretty in Pink, and last Sixteen Candles, but this is of course my opinion.)
I can only describe how much of the story line was so close to my own reality and how hard it was to fit in with my friends or school. I felt that John Hughes was speaking out to me and my friends on how hard it was to adjust to wearing the right clothes or hanging out with the popular kids, on how much money your parents had, where you grew up, or the car you drove. I always thought that adults didn't understand, but I was glad that one did.
This was also during the day of the Brat Pack which consists of young actors and actresses who were seen in some of director John Hughes' films at a time in their early careers. John Hughes had directed Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Mathew Broderick, Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, and Jennifer Grey. He was not just their director, but their friend and just a kid at heart.
John Hughes's movies spoke out about surviving school, our parents, and life on a daily basis. He told stories about a young girl who's parent's forgot her sixteen's birthday and how she fantasied about a senior boy in Sixteen Candles, or about a beloved teenager who faked being sick from High school and who talked his friends into skipping school to spend a sunny day romping around the city of Chicago in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, or a crazy uncle with a enormous car that drove his in-laws insane in Uncle Buck. He made you laugh at your self, friends, school and rules in general. His lesson to us was to enjoy life when you are young, start on a adventure, and make your High School career memorable.
John Hughes will be missed not because of his films, but because of who he was. His stories kept us laughing and made our youth berable. We will never forget him and his films will live in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace John Hughes. Our hearts go out to your family, friends, and the fans who lost someone who gave a voice to all freaks, geeks, and zoids.