R.I.P. John Hughes

If you were a child of 80’s cinema, the works of filmmaker John Hughes to this day form a seminal part of your life.

Now, the man himself passed away yesterday at the age of 59 after an apparent heart attack while walking on a Manhattan street.

Hughes’ coming-of-age movies perfectly captured the zeitgeist of Generation X with a mix of perceptive teen angst, genial sweetness, raucous comedy, age-appropriate dialogue and 80’s pop soundtracks.

He first broke out as a writer penning now 80’s comedy classic “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and Michael Keaton comedy “Mr. Mom”.

He then went on to write and direct a string of well-received and financially successful comedies of the era including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Weird Science,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Uncle Buck,” “She’s Having a Baby,” “Curly Sue” and “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”.

He also wrote and produced some successful comedies including further entries in the ‘Vacation’ series, both the “Beethoven” and “Home Alone” film comedy series, and one-offs like “The Great Outdoors,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Dutch,” “Career Opportunities” and the live-action remakes of “Flubber” and “101 Dalmatians”.