My Ode to John Hughes..Bueller..Bueller!

What can I say about John Hughes that hasn’t been said before? He was my boyfriend, my uncle, my surrogate father growing up. Hughes made a name for himself by making movies about teenagers that were hugely successful and entertaining, influencing a whole generation on what it was to be “cool” and to be from the “wrong side of the tracks” and showed us again that “geeks can rule”. If you lived and survived the 80’s, you have John to thank for it and here’s why:

All his movies are set in the North Shore suburb of Chicago
He used cool 80’s pop songs throughout his movies, then used them as the titles of his movies
He was a prolific Writer and Director
He gave us hope that the poor girl can bag the rich guy
He gave us Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, John Cusack, Matthew Broderick (to name a few)
His list of movies read as an 80’s thesaurus with films such as:

  • National Lampoons Vacation
  • Ferris Buellers Day Off
  • Weird Science
  • Breakfast Club
  • Some Kind of Wonderful
  • 16 Candles
  • Uncle Buck
  • Home Alone

Let’s go back to The Breakfast Club for a minute – Ask anyone who spent their teens or even early twenties in the 1980s and you’re very likely to get them to admit that The Breakfast Club was a resonant movie for them. At least, at that time and place in their lives. 

The storyline follows five teenagers (each a member of a different high school clique) as they spend a Saturday in detention together and come to realize that they are all deeper than their respective stereotypes. Throw in a memorable Simple Minds theme song “Don’t You (Forget about Me)” and you have a instant winner. Here are some cultural impacts from this legendary movie:

  • The Breakfast Club was ranked No. 1 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 Best High School Movies
  • The plot was used (more as a tribute to the movie) in two teen shows: Dawsons Creek and  Degreassi – The Next Generaion
  • Swedish pop group A-Teens used the concept of the movie adapted to the video of their single Dancing Quuen, where Paul Gleason reprises his role as the principal
  • Paul Gleason once again reprised his role in the 2001 comedy film Not another Teen Movie where a scene of the movie is parodied and uses the famous line “You mess with the bull young man and you’ll get the horns”
  • The character Bender” in Futurama is named after Judd Nelson’s Breakfast Club character, John Bender
  •  An LP record of the film’s soundtrack appears in the Futurama episode The Luck of Fryish, and “Don’t You (Forget about Me)” is played over the same episode’s end credits

So I ask you, have you seen The Breakfast Club? Should you see The Breakfast Club? Hell to the Yes!

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