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August 18, 2009

When we get together to discuss topics for English lessons, it seems that lately I am constantly bringing up celebrities who've passed away as potential topics. There have been a lot of celebrity deaths this summer, but one that has me particularly saddened is the passing of filmmaker John Hughes. We did not do a lesson on John Hughes because our main man Jason, said, "Who's that?" If you, like Jason, have no idea who John Hughes is, then I suggest you run to your local video store, netflix cue, or whatever means you use to watch movies these days, and watch one of his films. 

John Hughes defined what it meant to be a teenager in the '80s. Most of his films were stories about American teenagers sifting through the emotional filth of being a teenager. Some of his classics are Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

If you haven't seen any of these films, then I might suggest starting with The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is a classic because of its central message. The film is about five teenagers serving a Saturday detention. Each character is the embodiment of a certain high school stereotype.  You have the popular girl, the jock, the nerd, the weirdo girl, and the burnout or "criminal" as he is referred to in the film. Throughout the movie these five teens realize they have more in common than they thought and they come to rely on each in ways they never imagined. I think that this film stands the test of time, even though it was made in 1985, because teenagers today still grapple with the same issues of fitting in and feeling like outcasts.  

John Hughes was a film maker who made being a teen more manageable for those of us growing up in the '80s and '90s.  His style is unlike any teen movie or shows being made today.  He will be missed but his legacy will live on in his films.

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12:25 PM Oct 05 2009


good to watch,because i have already watched!

07:20 AM Aug 26 2009



  i didn't know John Hughes before i read this article . i am proud of him. i will  see his movies  when i have free time later .

07:16 PM Aug 25 2009



06:19 PM Aug 24 2009


Hey Marni!! I do know who John Hughes was and I am also a big fan of his movies. Here in Brazil, everybody who is now past 25 years old, grew up watching the '80s classics on TV. One of my best childhood memories is my and my sister lip-syncing to The Beatles' "Twist and Shout" pretending we were in that parade with Frerris Bueller. I've seen all the movies you mentioned many many times, and I think they're worth all the credit!!Smile