Missing John Hughes

I have no idea if this is an American thing or not (and, quite possibly, a midwestern American thing at that), but I really miss movie maker John Hughes.  The man knew how to write, how to bring together immense talent, and how to promote good music.  After all, he brought together Steve Martin, John Cusack, Oingo Boingo, and Echo and the Bunnymen,

As we do every Thanksgiving break, the entire Birzer clan watched Home Alone.  We have every line and every crazy moment memorized.  But, we love it nonetheless.

As we finished the movie, I couldn’t help but think of some of my favorite John Hughes moments.

Who can really forget Ferris’s best line:  “It’s not that I condone fascism. . . or any ism for that matter.  Isms in my opinion are not good.  A person should not believe in an ism.  He should believe in himself.  I quote John Lennon.  ‘I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.’  A good point there.  After all, he was the walrus.”

Or, the main character of “She’s Having a Baby” fearing the death of his wife during child birth with Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” playing over the scene?

Or, Farmer Ted  growing up a little too quickly in 16 Candles?

And, so many other scenes.

At the time (the mid 1980s), no two movies hit me as hard as The Killing Fields and The Breakfast Club.  Vastly different, of course, the former revealed the evils of totalitarianism.  The latter, though, expressed our anger at the both the Yuppies and the Hippies.  Each group had screwed up the world miserably, and we wanted to make our own way.  They’d divided us into convenient categories, and we rejected them.

And, the movie begins with a quote from David Bowie.

Hughes knew us very well.


3 thoughts on “Missing John Hughes

  1. So which John Hughes movie has the best soundtrack? I find it interesting that Ferris Bueller never had an official soundtrack released. For something fun, try to track down every song in that movie. It’s surprisingly hard.


  2. eheter

    Loved ‘The Breakfast Club’ … great dialogue from start to finish, and a lot of very keen observations.

    As far as funny moments for me, the part where Cameron blew a gasket after looking at the odometer of his dad’s Ferrari in ‘Ferris Bueller’ had me rolling. There was just something about the way they built Cameron up to that moment, and when it finally hit, it was hysterically funny.

    An then of course, there is Christmas Vacation. That also illustrates Hughes’ impact … after all, the term ‘going Griswold’ in reference to Christmas is now pretty well established in the culture.

    A great talent for sure, and yes, he is really missed.


  3. loved the Pretty in Pink soundtrack – the Psychedelic Furs rocked for me
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles made me curl up with laughter – the combination of John Candy and Steve Martin was inspired



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