“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
– Ferris Bueller from Ferris Bueller’s Day off
John Hughes, writer-director of ’80s classics like Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off died at the age of 59 on Thursday, August 6th. There have been a lot of unexpected and sad deaths of famous people this year, but John Hughes was different in that he wasn’t a global superstar like Michael Jackson, but his death made me feel like I’ve lost a cool friend from my youth. Hughes’ films may have seemed like silly teenage comedies to some, but I feel that they were actually smart and accurate representations of my generation. If you belong to Generation X (hello Douglas Coupland), you can joyously quote a line from at least one John Hughes film.
So today as a tribute to the man… It’s an 80s Hughes flashback!
Sixteen Candles – my first favorite ‘teen’ film.
Sigh, the final scene with Samantha and Jake… and the cake
Some Kind of Wonderful
The Breakfast Club
Pretty In Pink
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
So to you, John Hughes, thanks for the memories…
“I can’t believe I gave my panties to a geek…”
– Samantha Baker from Sixteen Candles