John Hughes, Mr Teen Movie, dead at the age of 59. Rest in Peace John Hughes.
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If it was a teen movie in the 1980’s and 1990’s, most likely it was either written, produced, directed or all of the above by John Hughes. Hughes was the king of teen movies. Sadly, John Hughes died this morning of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan, NY. Hughes dead at the age of 59. The man who mastered teen angst has passed away. May you rest in peace and thank you for so many entertaining movies.
A native of Lansing, Mich., who later moved to suburban Chicago and set much of his work there, Hughes rose from ad writer to comedy writer to silver screen champ with his affectionate and idealized portraits of teens, whether the romantic and sexual insecurity of “Sixteen Candles,” or the J.D. Salinger-esque rebellion against conformity in “The Breakfast Club.”
There was never a moment in a Hughes teen movie that one did not sick back in retrospect and remind you of your high school days or a person you knew in school. His movies were entertaining with no graphic sex or violence. The master of the 80’s teen movies saw movie spoof, Not Another Teen Movie” take place where of all places, John Hughes High. Imitation is the greatest form of gratitude. Sadly, the king of the high school comedy is dead.
My personal favorite John Hughes movies of all time:
1. Some Kind of Wonderful
2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
3. Weird Science
4. Pretty in Pink
5. Sixteen Candles
Hughes directed such movies as “Sixteen Candles”, ”The Breakfast Club”, ”Curly Sue”,”She’s Having a Baby”, “Pretty in Pink,” “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” and “Uncle Buc.” From Imdb.com, check out the who’s who of movies that Hughes took part in.
The list is endless. His cast of actors and actresses from his movies were the names of the day that included, Molly Ringwald, Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson, Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, James Spader, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, John Cusack, Jennifer Grey, Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara. Any one who can successfully work in Ben Stein into a movie about teens is genius.
The filmmaker, whom critic Roger Ebert once called “the philosopher of adolescence,” was a major influence on filmmakers including Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith and Judd Apatow, who told the L.A. Times last year, “Basically, my stuff is just John Hughes films with four-letter words
God bless and rest in peace.