Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Happy Birthday, John Hughes!

The 1980's teen movie guru turns 59 today!


An unlikely icon for teenage angst, John Hughes wrote and/or directed many of the 1980's funniest and most memorable films. On the John Hughes short list would be films like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Never one to be heavy handed in the messages he tried to convey, John Hughes almost always spoke to us through a cast of multiple main characters thus allowing his audience to always have someone to identify with. Through his characters often madcap (mis)adventures Hughes managed to teach us some very universal lessons... loving someone else begins with loving ourselves... forgiveness begins with forgiving ourselves... standing up for others begins with standing up for ourselves... and that there is always hope for the future. These themes and lessons are what has allowed these films to stay relevant even after 20+ years.

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