john hughes and the breakfast club

John Hughes passed away today from a heart attack in New York city, aged 59.

Let me take that vacant look in your eyes away with a bit of education. I speak mainly to anyone who thinks that the movie Independance Day is ancient history.

John Hughes created some of the most iconic films of the 80’s and onwards; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty In Pink, Sixteen CandlesPlanes Trains & Automobiles, most of the National Lampoon series, and my personal favourite, The Breakfast Club.

The Breakfast Club is for me one of the best coming of age stories of teenagers to date. A cast of seven characters – five students, one teacher and one janitor – and mainly set in a school library, this simple and honest story captures the feelings of peer pressure, belonging and isolation that most teenagers identitfy with. And it completely resonated with me the first time I saw it.

John Hughes brought us the wider fame of the likes of Matthew Broderick, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, the late John Candy, and Anthony Michael Hall. If you don’t know who I am talking about then get youself onto fast.

Sure, in recent times his work may not have been prolific. There are a lot of schlocky comedies out there with his name on it. But for every piece of schlock is a golden piece of eloquence.

Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us … In the simplest terms, in 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.

Here’s to you, Mr Hughes!


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