Quote of the Day: "The last thing Hollywood wanted in their teen movies was teenagers!" -- John Hughes
Director, producer, and writer John Hughes died of a heart attack at the too-young age of 59. I was thinking of all his wonderful movies which in many ways defined the 1980s. Which was his best? There were some memorable ones. He directed Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, She's Having a Baby, and Uncle Buck. He produced Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Great Outdoors, and Home Alone. My two favorites were Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. If I had to pick just one, it would have to be Ferris Bueller.
The Matthew Broderick comedy classic struck a real nerve with my generation. Broderick's portrayal of Ferris Bueller was spot on, but the rest of the strong cast also had plenty of screen-moments to shine: Jeffrey Jones as Principal Ed Rooney, Ben Stein as the Economics teacher, and Edie McClurg as Grace the Secretary. Even the tiny cameo roles were hilarious: Charlie Sheen in the police station and a young Kristy Swanson as one of the high school classmates.
In addition to the laugh-out-loud humor, there was genuine heart in this film. And even though Ferris was a character who could apparently get anything he wanted, a closer look at the story revealed how dependent he was on his friends and family: his best buddy Cameron (Alan Ruck's role of a lifetime), his girlfriend Sloane (played nicely by Mia Sara), and his sister Jeanie (a fantastic performance by Jennifer Grey).
Despite being such an obvious 80s movies, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is one of those classics that really is timeless. There are so many unforgettable scenes: the Cubs baseball game, getting a table at the restaurant, the parade, the museum, parking garage attendants, CAMERON'S DAD'S CAR!
It's one of those motion pictures that sparked many imitators, and plenty of rumors about an eventual sequel which never came to be. The original is more than enough. It showed the talent of John Hughes as a writer, director, producer, auteur filmmaker. His style was unique and his filmography is a testament to his heartfelt vision.
He will be missed. His movies were an inspiration to savor life. As Ferris so aptly put it, "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."