His movies helped define the 80's. He turned the tables in Mr. Mom ("220, 221 whatever it takes."). He sent us on Vacation (and helped us forever brand a national chain store "Wally World"). He revealed invisible teenagers everywhere with Sixteen Candles. He introduced us to The Breakfast Club. He cooked up some Weird Science. There was Pretty in Pink (which I have not seen except for a few scenes). He taught us all how to relax and have some fun (and introduced us to Ben Stein) in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Introduced us to Macaulay Culkin in Uncle Buck, then wrapped an entire concept around him in Home Alone.
John Hughes suffered a heart attack and died on Thursday, August 6 while taking a morning walk during a trip to NYC to visit family. Never before had we seen such great film making that gave such respect to teenagers. Want to know what it was like growing up in the 80's? Watch his films.
We'll miss you, John.