John Hughes, RIP

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I was very unhappy to see that film director John Hughes has died.

In the eighties, Hughes made The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ferris Bueller and The Breakfast Club were particularly excellent, and few films before or since have more convincingly and masterfully shown the pettiness, cruelty, and incompetence of school administrators and others who have power over young people. [Video montage here.]

He truly had a gift for realistically portraying the angst and the trials that young people endure, and his regard for adolescents came through in his films.

In one of the early DVD editions of Ferris Bueller, the special features included an audio commentary by Hughes. The depth of his thinking on matters of youth and growing up was quite impressive as was his contempt for self-righteous adults who consider themselves to be impressive objects of deference to the young.

His films have aged extremely well, and many of his films remain perennial classics for those who weren’t even born when his first film Sixteen Candles hit theatres in 1984.

May he rest in peace. UPDATE below:

Writes one reader:

“The Breakfast Club was particularly painful to watch, with the unbearable administrator’s frequent presence. Looking back, though, I can say that indeed these movies perfectly portrayed the suffering that the youth in the country continue to be forced to go through 5 days of the week. The parents of these children are abusers of the most criminal sort.

We need more movies like this for today’s generation.”

Here’s a perfect representation (courtesy of John Hughes) of the sort of people who run high schools in America.

7:55 pm on August 6, 2009