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Buzz In: How Has John Hughes Influenced You?

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.

A ton of Hughes nostalgia has been popping up online lately, like this interview with Jon Cryer EW dug up in which he stated:

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,


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."

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emalove emalove 9 years
I grew up with John Hughes movies! I was born in the late 70s and spent the 80s loving Molly Ringwald and crushing on Matthew Broderick. I will always have such nostalgia for these films.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i think they have a very long-lasting appeal, like emilyblondie said. I was surprised when my 14 year old cousin had watched the breakfast club a bunch of times already.
ep24 ep24 9 years
john hughes movies are still my absolute faves. there are very few movies that i can watch over and over and still enjoy as much. the movies are still as relevant as ever. love them all.
emilyblondie emilyblondie 9 years
The breakfast club is probably one of my favorite movies, and I never get tired of watching pretty in pink or sixteen candles. I'm only 16, but I felt that these films still relate to my life, even though they were made like 20 years ago.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I love John Hughes movies! One of my favorites is She's Having a Baby and no one has ever heard of it...
lyrical_angel lyrical_angel 9 years
John Hughes movies are my absolute favorites. I have a special section of my Dvd shelf for his movies. Sixteen Candles is my #1.
JenBrett JenBrett 9 years
My motto for life is: it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care. Thanks John!
fabric2000 fabric2000 9 years
made me enjoy jon cryer(2 and a half men). now im gonna go back and watch jon again. he makes me laugh.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
I read the article and it made me realize how much I miss his movies. I also get real nostalgic about those movies. Maybe John Hughes felt he had nothing else to say.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
It's funny that this was posted today. Just last week, my boyfriend and I got all nostalgic and watched Ferris Bueller, Weird Science, and Sixteen Candles. Although Breakfast Club is my favorite.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
I agree 100% with Apatow but Kevin Smith made me roll my eyes - I'm sorry, his movies aren't Hughes films with swear words, they're nowhere near that good. His best was Clerks and to me that spoke to a much different audience and didn't have the same message at all. I think Apatow movies have carried on that legacy a lot more. I really wish Hughes was still making movies, but I respect going out on a high note. Did the article say what he's doing now? Just being reclusive?
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
well, i never really thought about the influence these movies had over me growing up. I was smack dab in the middle of my teenage years when they all came out..15, 16 years old. I think Sixteen Candles made me feel like it was ok to be a little awkward and unsure about EVERYTHING!!! Pretty in Pink is one of my all time favorite movies. I love the story, the characters, the music, everything about it. We actually did Pretty in Pink as a mini play in my English class my Junior year of high school. The Breakfast Club was another one I identified with. Especially Molly Ringwald's character...Claire. I was considered a stuck up snob by most people in high school even though I was very shy and not at all like that. But around my friends I guess we put on this sort of "show". We were the popular kids...the group of cheerleaders that were BFF. Girls didn't like us, guys did, so the girls called us stuck up or sluts. Nothing could have been further from the truth for the most part, but we always felt like we had to act a certain way. NEVER would we have hung out with someone like Allison (Ally Sheedy) or Brian(Anthony Michael Hall) during school or school functions. But outside school I was friendly with lots of Allisons and Brians. It just proved how tough high school could be and how people fall into stereotypes so easily.
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