John Hughes' work is so far-reaching, he is still making news today despite having quit directing in 1991. The L.A. Times recently ran a story in which some of the most popular directors and actors today point to movies like Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and The Breakfast Club as movies that made an impact on them as artists.
John had a real need to believe in teenage icons and create teenage iconography — that's what he was doing with Breakfast Club. I think he was really tortured in his high school, and [movies] were a way of him psychologically coming to terms with his youth and sort of reordering it in his mind as a storyteller. I think kids will always latch on to people saying, "Your experience is important. What you're going through right now is not trivial. We care about it, and we're right there with ya."
My sentiments exactly. What about you? Has John Hughes' work influenced you? What mark, if any, do you think he's left on Hollywood's portrayal of teenagers? To see what folks like Judd Apatow, Kevin Smith and Courtney Love have said about the now-reclusive filmmaker, read more.
More from the L.A. Times:
- Judd Apatow (whose new film, Drillbit Taylor, is based on an old story idea by Hughes): "John Hughes wrote some of the great outsider characters of all time. It's pretty ridiculous to hear people talk about the movies we've been doing, with outrageous humor and sweetness all combined, as if they were an original idea. I mean, it was all there first in John Hughes' films. Whether it's Freaks and Geeks or Superbad, the whole idea of having outsiders as the lead characters, that all started with Hughes."
- Kevin Smith (whose film Dogma features Shermer, Illinois, a mythical town that only exists in Hughes' films): "He's our generation's J.D. Salinger. He touched a generation and then the dude checked out. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't be doing what I do. Basically my stuff is just John Hughes films with four-letter words."
- Courtney Love: "[The Breakfast Club was] the defining moment of the alternative generation."
- Director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers): "It's the great thing about Hughes' films. He made them for himself, but when you watch them, you always feel that he made them especially for you."
- Producer Scott Stuber: "He somehow knew we were all struggling with the same things. Whenever I watch a Hughes film now, I remember the euphoria of being 13 and falling in love with movies."