John Hughes, R.I.P.

There was a time that the phrase “John Hughes movie” pretty much guaranteed not only box office success but also unforgettable moments of script married with delivery that helped to define pop culture for a certain generation.  To this day, his influence is still obvious and the classic movie moments just come flooding back upon review.

Has it been too long?  Need a little refresher?  Peter Travers of Rolling Stone put together his list of 16 indelible John Hughes movie moments, in memory of the writer-director who passed away this week at the age of 59.

John Hughes

John Hughes

And maybe the best appreciation of his work I’ve seen was authored by A.O. Scott of the New York Times in his appraisal of “The ’80s Auteur of Teenage Angst”.  Scott provides a balanced view of the impact that Hughes’ work had on those born between the years 1964 to 1976, while also acknowledging that his movies may have been often guilty of “smoothing over too many rough edges and softening harsh social and psychological realities”.

Hughes mostly disappeared from Hollywood long ago and, despite his reclusiveness in recent times, his death comes as a reminder of an era that he helped to document for generations to come.  A triple bill of “The Breakfast Club”, “Sixteen Candles” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” might be the best way to remember his legacy.

Bring the popcorn.  And don’t forget that “life moves pretty fast”.

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~ by acm213 on August 7, 2009.

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