For most folks of my generation (I was born in 1969), many of the movies that marked our teen years were made by one man -- John Hughes. He was the king of teen romantic-comedies, and comedies in general. Hughes was the mastermind behind the so-called “Brat Pack.”
His name not ringing any bells? Howzabout some of his movies:
• “Mr. Mom” — Michael Keaton was much funnier as the goofball guy than Batman.
• The “Vacation” series — Still some of the funniest movies EVER. Chevy Chase was brilliant … yes, THAT Chevy Chase … and Beverly D’Angelo was D’Bomb. Heh.
• “Sixteen Candles” — She gave her panties to a geek!
• “Weird Science” — Memorable mostly for an insanely hot Kelly LeBrock. There’s no way I could count the number of times she filled my fantasies. Oh, and a young Bill Paxton as Chet.
From my heart and from my hand
Why don't people understand
My intentions ... Oooh, weird ...
• “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” — Gotta be one of my all-time faves. The parade scene was brilliant.
• “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” – Steve Martin and John Candy. Need I say more?
• “Uncle Buck” — Another one of my all-time favorite flicks. Picturing John Candy making giant pancakes still cracks me up.
• The remake of “Miracle on 34th Street” — the original is one of my favorite movies ever (I have a lot of those, don’t I? LOL), but the remake did a good job with it. Plus I love Elizabeth Perkins (totally under-rated dream babe!).
• “Home Alone” — Hard to top the physical comedy of Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern trying to get “that kid.”
and, of course …
• “The Breakfast Club” — the protoypical high-school stereotypes all forced to spend a Saturday detention together in the library. There was the jock, the geek, the badboy, the popular chick and the weird chick. Together, they all learn they aren't so very different from each other ... aww. LOL
This post was mostly inspired by the death of a key character in the movie — Paul Gleason, who played hard-ass Principal Richard Vernor. He died of a rare form of asbestos-related cancer at the age of 67.
“Don't mess with the bull, young man. You'll get the horns.”
Farewell, Principal Vernor. You will be missed.