HUGHES HIGH SCHOOL YEAR BOOK
Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd
Nelson, Ally Sheedy, John Kapelos, Paul Dooley, Justin Henry, Blanche Baker,
Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Robert Downey Jr., Vernon Wells & Ilan Mitchell-Smith
Writer/Director: John Hughes
Out to buy on DVD 22/09/08
Saturday morning detention was the place no one wanted to be, especially
when Principal Richard Vernon (Gleason) is on duty but for the athlete Andy
(Estevez), the brain Brian (Hall), the princess Claire (Ringwald), the basket
case Allison (Sheedy) and the criminal John Bender (Nelson) this is going
to be one Saturday that will change their young lives forever.
Gary (Hall) and Wyatt (Mitchell-Smith) are nerdy outcasts at high school
who girls won't take any notice of. Hating this they decide to do something
about it by creating their ideal woman. When their experiment works and
Lisa (LeBrock) walks into their lives, nothing is ever going to be the same
Samantha Baker (Ringwald) has been looking forward to her sweet sixteen
party for most of her life but as the day approaches no one seems to remember
and everything starts to go wrong.
it came to making teen movies in the 1980s, one writer/director supplied
some of the most influential high school flicks of the decade and his name
was John Hughes.
80s supplied us with some of the best teen movies every created and the
thing they had in common was that they were all written and directed by
one man, John Hughes. While his career transformed in the 90s and disappeared
not long after, it was his teen movies of the early 80s that defined not
only his career but an entire generation.
Candles' started it all in 1984 and introduced the world to two actors that
would become associated not only with the director but also come defining
faces of genre in Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald. Set in a stereotypical
American High School, what made this movie stand out was the honest of the
performances from Hall and Ringwald and the way that John Hughes seemed
to understand the pressures and tribulations of been fifteen and about to
turn sixteen. This deservedly became a firm favourite with teenage girls
and quickly made Hughes a director to watch. He followed this success up
with a movie that really defined the teen movie for everyone else to try
1985 'The Breakfast Club' hit the silver screen and redefined what people
thought of a teen movie. Consentrating on five very different kids, played
by Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Fall, Judd Nelson and
Ally Sheedy, in Saturday detention, this was the first movie that really
showed the pressures of High School for normal American kids. Here we had
a jock, a brain, an outcast, a criminal and the school sweetheart all trapped
in the Library for the full day. For the first time these kids were allowed
to talk, away from the pressures of their peers and allowed to talk for
the first time. This wasn't only comedy, it was real drama as the kids opened
up, sharing their fears and dreams, bearing their soles for the first time.
Powerful, sweet, moving and funny, this is still the movie that all teen
flicks have to surpass.
defining the teen movie for decades to follow, trying to continue this run
would have been impossible so John Hughes went for an all out comedy with
'Weird Science' in 1985. Teaming up again with Anthony Michael Hall, this
is the story of two geeky high school students who couldn't get girls to
even give them the time of day, so they turn to science. After watching
'Frankenstein' on TV, the hapless pair comes up with the idea of making
the ideal women. This was outrageous, over the top and completely daft but
you couldn't help but laugh and all the teenage boys who watched it, instantly
fell in love with Kelly LeBrock.
Hughes redefined the teen movie in the early 1980s. With 'Sixteen Candles'
and 'The Breakfast Club' showing how good High School movie can be and 'Weird
Science' becoming an instant cult classic, John Hughes was the man of that
time, it is just a shame that he couldn't keep it up in the 90s and beyond.
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