John Hughes, born February 18, 1950, in Lansing, Michigan, is
one of the best directors, writers, and producers of our time. Hughes is best
known for his dipictions of teenage predilections and peccadillos in such films
as Uncle Buck and Beethoven. He marveled audiences with his ability
to aptly describe the teenage angst of the 1980s. In his review of Ferris
Bueller's Day Off, Roger Ebert referred to him as a "philosopher of
adolescence." Many members of Generation X grew up on Hughes' movies, namely
Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and The Breakfast Club.
Instead of talking down to his audience, Hughes has strived to create a thoughtful
teenage movie. His films continue to amaze the current generation, having been
firmly established as cult classics. He now resides in Chicago.
Other Suggested Films of John Hughes...
"National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983)
Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo star in this film that explores
the worst summer vacation a family could ever have. Highlights include outstanding
"Sixteen Candles" (1984)
The first of several Hughes films in which Molly Ringwald would
star, this film follows the ups and downs of a girl's sixteenth birthday.
Ringwald does an incredible job, whether it's dealing with the freshmen nerds
or attracting the attention of her senior crush. Watch for John Cusack to
make a cameo as a nerdy freshman.
"The Breakfast Club" (1985)
Molly Ringwald, along with Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Jud
Nelson, and Anthony Michael Hall (all members of the Brat Pack) discover that
there is more than what meets the eye when the five of them are stuck together
during an all-day detention. This film, employing the Ship of Fools device,
wonderfully illustrates how labels can damage.
"National Lampoon's European Vacation" (1985)
The second in the Vacation trilogy, Chevy Chase stars again
as the head of the Griswold family. Especially delightful moments are when
the tape of a nude Mrs. Griswold is stolen in Paris and when the family sings
"The Sound of Music" on a Swiss hillside.
"Pretty in Pink" (1986)
The last of the Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, this
chronicles the life of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and her attempts
to obtain the coolest guy in school. Jon Cyer makes an appearance as the sidekick
who tries to steal his best friend's heart. Contributing to this film is a
killer soundtrack, stuffed with those wonderful '80 s.
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986)
Still a favorite among the younger generation, this film features
Matthew Broderick (as the title character) and his schemes to have one day
off from school. Adding to his fun are his devious way of getting his best
bud and girlfriend out of school, too. High schools are continually filled
with quotes from this film.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles" (1987)
Steve Martin and John Candy star in this film about a guy (Martin)
who is just trying to get home to his family, but who just can't quite make
it. Catherine O'Hara also makes an appearance. This is one of those films
that you can watch over and over again because it is just so funny.
"Uncle Buck" (1989)
When their parents have to go away on a trip, Uncle Buck comes
to the rescue to take care of the three kids, often with hilarious results.
This marks Macaulay Culkin's first film appearance.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989)
The last, and often considered the best, of the Vacation films,
this one still has Chase and D'Angelo as the parents, but this time the kids
are different. Look for Randy Quaid as the crazy cousin who comes in his RV
for the holidays. Because of its great lines, this film can be quoted again
"Home Alone" (1990)
Macaulay Culkin stars in this film, the best of the Home
Alone films, about a 10-year old who is accidentally left at home during
the holidays. A pair of robbers thwart his plans to live it up while the rest
of the family, who often drown him out, are away.
A comedy about a family and their dog, this film is children's
programming at its finest. Charles Groding stars as the father, the only family
member opposed to the animal, while Bonnie Hunt plays the sane mom, balancing
home and work. Nicolle Tom plays the oldest daughter.
"Reach the Rock" (1998)
A relatively dark film, this follows the typical high school
rebel not at age 18, but at age 22. It has everything but a happy ending.
Fueled by a strong soundtrack, this film comes out in video in April 1999.