Monday, April 9, 2012

100 Awesome Things - #99 John Hughes Flicks

In the Media Center.
Kids today are missing out on something special. 

When I was in high school, every movie that John Hughes created was a perfect snap shot in the day of the life of a teenager. He addressed issues with heart and humor, something that is missing in high school movies today.  The American Pie generation has their band camp, but in the 80s we had so much more.

Movies like 16 Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off stand the test of time and are still funny and touching films. I was able to relate to his movies particularly because I was the same age as the kids on the screen. I was about 16 when 16 Candles came out (eeek) and I remember renting Pretty in Pink, on VHS, laying on the living room floor wondering if anyone was going to ask me to prom (which he did...while I was watching the movie).

John Hughes flicks remind me of a time where you stayed home and waited for a phone call...because there were no cell phones, no internet, no texting. His movies were a blue print to how to get through high school relatively unscathed.

I can't help but smile thinking about who was a brain...an athlete...a basket case...a princess...a criminal.


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