John Hughes’ Legacy of Teen Angst Preserved on DVD7 Aug, 2009 By: John Latchem
While John Hughes, who died Aug. 6 at age 59, is generally credited with inventing the teen-movie genre, it’s hard to believe he directed only eight films. All are available on DVD: 1984’s Sixteen Candles (Universal), 1985’s The Breakfast Club (Universal) and Weird Science (Universal), 1986’s Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Paramount), 1987’s Planes, Trains & Automobiles (Paramount), 1988’s She's Having a Baby (Paramount), 1989’s Uncle Buck (Universal) and 1991’s Curly Sue (Warner).
Only a handful dealt with teenagers, but were iconic enough to cement Hughes’ reputation for the subject. This feat is parodied by Not Another Teen Movie, which is set at John Hughes High School.
Another tribute occurs in Kevin Smith’s Dogma, which features Jay and Silent Bob hanging out in Illinois after attempting to relocate from New Jersey to Shermer, Ill., only to discover that Shermer is a fake city made up by Hughes to serve as the setting for most of his movies.
Hughes also wrote, among other films, 1983’s Mr. Mom (MGM), 1986’s Pretty in Pink (Paramount), 1990’s Home Alone (Fox) and 1992’s Beethoven (Universal), not to mention the first three “Vacation” movies (an Ultimate Collector’s Edition of Christmas Vacation will be released Nov. 3 from Warner)