Saturday, December 26, 2009

Don't You Forget About Me

Four Canadian filmmakers produced the film, Don't You Forget About Me, to document their efforts to meet and interview producer/writer/director John Hughes. A legendary recluse before his death in the summer of 2009, Hughes last granted an interview in 1999.

Although the filmmakers fail to meet Hughes, those interviewed for the documentary--including director Kevin Smith, actor Judd Nelson and dozens of current high-school-aged teens--provide insight into why the 80s and 90s audience was so attracted to Hughes' films.

His characters, and the situations in which they find themselves, were genuine and real, unlike most modern teen flicks which tend to exaggerate the sophistication of adolescents.

People identified so easily with characters in a John Hughes movie, especially those who represented socially awkward outsiders. The truth is, even the most confident-appearing teen thinks privately he or she is an outsider; Hughes knew that, and was able to successfully display that insecurity on-screen.

Who among us, after all, isn't really Ducky on the inside?

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