Friday, August 7, 2009

No matter how fast it moves, I'm sure you didn't miss it, John Hughes

"It's a little childish and stupid, but then so is high school."

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that John Hughes died yesterday. He made a movie for every American teenager of my generation (and generations to come). For some it was Sixteen Candles or The Breakfast Club. While I certainly enjoyed those films and remember vividly watching The Breakfast Club with my family (my first officially sanctioned "R" movie viewing) and my mom prefacing the film by saying this was not language to be used around the house, the one made for me was undoubtedly Ferris Beuller's Day Off.

This clip has so many good lines:

I posted this link on Facebook today, but had to re-post it here. Imagine being a teenager in 1980's America and writing John Hughes a fan letter, and imagine that fan letter turned into an actual correspondence. That's Alison's story, and it's a wonderful window into the reclusive man behind so many memories for so many of us.

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