John Hughes was the man responsible for a string of 80’s/90’s films which hit a real nerve with audiences, not only with the subject matter but his ability to really relate to the age of his audience. With almost all his films relating to the struggles of teenagers, or young people, he found a whole generation ready to eat up the films that he either wrote, directed or produced.
When you look at what he was a part of, with such classics as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Weird Science, Sixteen Candles, and Home Alone, to name but a few, then you really start to get a picture of how influential this man was as they all spawned in some part from his creative mind.
Then of course there is The Breakfast Club, which is a close winner as my favourite of his films, with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off a close second. This film doesn’t really sum up a generation, but what it does do is sum up teenagers as a whole from almost any generation and culture, which is no mean feat.
The struggles he put on film are things that almost any person can relate to as the five characters are all so perfectly portrayed that everyone will have someone in that film they can sympathise with. Even though this was made back in 1985 it still stands up to the glare of a modern eye and still holds as much impact for me as it did when I first saw it as a kid.
9.5 out of 10 from me!!!