R.I.P. John Hughes: 1950 – 2009

Sad news from the world of Hollywood, with news that director John Hughes, most famous for his High School-set teen dramedys of the 1980s like “Breakfast Club”, “Sweet Sixteen”, and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, has died of a heart attack while taking a morning walk in Manhattan. The writer/director was 59 years old.

The films of John Hughes were a bit ahead of my time when they first came out, but like most teens back in the day, I eventually caught up and loved them. Even if you saw them now, I don’t think you could say they didn’t reflect the life of a high school teen (in particular, the awkward life of a high school geek). Sure, the hair styles may change, the cliques may have different names, but high school is still high school, back then and today.

If you’ve never seen his films, I do recommend that you give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Rest in peace, John Hughes.

A scene from John Hughes' The Breakfast Club.

A scene from John Hughes' The Breakfast Club.