John Hughes R.I.P.

John Hughes died last week of cardiac arrest while taking a stroll in New York. One of my favorite films as a kid was The Breakfast Club. Actually it’s still probably on my top ten list. It’s the story of a bunch of kids from totally different backgrounds and social circles that slowly begin to realize they are all just lonely kids looking for acceptance while spending a Saturday in detention. I used to want to be like the “rebel” played by Judd Nelson. I wore lots of flannel and even had my own pair of fingerless gloves. I think my first cigarette was because of him too. I have seen this movie dozens of times and it still doesn’t get old for me. One of my fondest memories is of my two sisters and I, 80′s dancing to the movie’s theme song, Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me” in our living room as the end credits rolled. John Hughes was the king of 80′s youth film and although his films have been criticized for not portraying a realistic version of adolescent life, they were entertaining and captured the zeitgeist of that era nonetheless. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. Rest In Peace dude!

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