Five years ago today a man whose movies pretty much made up my childhood died. John Hughes was well-known for working with The Brat Pack, being part of the creative team that ultimately made Macaulay Culkin a household name, and writing more funny movies than most people might realize.
He wrote the screenplays for all eight of the films he directed, and wrote the screenplay for many others: the National Lampoons movies, Mr. Mom, the Home Alone franchise (and their video game counterparts), the Beethoven series, 101 Dalmations, and Flubber, just to name a few.
The move The Breakfast Club probably had the most impact on me and still remains one of my all-time favorite movies, easily in the Top 5. I used to have almost all the dialogue totally memorized, going along with almost every word. Claire and John were my favorite characters; though, Ally Sheedy is probably one of the sexiest women on the planet. She was beautiful in St. Elmo’s Fire, as well. But that’s a Brat Pack special for another day…
John Hughes can be proud of the legacy he left behind, not just the stories he created and shared, but the lives that he touched. Not just with his stories, but most of those who starred in his movies have gone on to great stardom. Quite the impact; thank you, John, for all you left behind.