John Hughes, Chronicler of '80s Teens, Dies

Hughes brought teen experience to life in films like Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Breakfast Club


Writer-director John Hughes on the set of Weird Science in 1985. Hughes died of a heart attack at age 59

Does any current teen out there know who John Hughes was? Anyone? Anyone? Adolescent fancies wax and wane at warp speed, but just for historical purposes, kids, you should know that in the 1980s Hughes was the intimate chronicler, confidant and cheerleader of a generation of young people. Writing scripts that could have come from inside their muddled hearts, monitoring their rampaging hormones, he built a smart shelf of adolescent zeitgeist films: Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the movie etched in immortality by teacher Ben Stein's plaintive, froggy "Bueller? Anyone? Anyone?"...

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