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- 1I don't think there has ever been a teen flick moment that has stood out in my mind like Duckie dancing around a record store to the great Otis Redding. I've always felt that Pretty in Pink was the best "John Hughes Film" (despite not directing) and only suffers from an ending that I consider fundamentally wrong, like putting a puppy to sleep for being too adorable. (It was reshot after poor test screenings, and reportedly Hughes himself was never happy with it.) Every time I watch this particular sequence I can't understand why Andie didn't immediately fall in love with Duckie just like the audience did.
- 2Sometimes the best thing film has is its ability to convey a message without any words. Perhaps the most memorable sequence of any teen flick comes from the Breakfast club when the 5 students dance to "We are not Alone" by Karla DeVito. In that moment we just see the way that these completely different cliches put aside their differences and are truly bonding in a way that most people will never know. (Of course, Hughes himself admitted that these cliches permanently dated the film and that he regretted using them, but what does he know? He made the film, but he made it for US.)
- 3Who can hear Twist & Shout by the Beatles and not immediately see Ferris Bueller dancing on a float in a Parade, surrounded by hot but non sequitor Swedish babes? Iconic doesn't even begin to describe the most lovable rebel in cinema history, who even now is probably the most popular fry cook on Venus. (And if you look at those dancers on the stairs, you'll notice that their choreography has been blatantly stolen from Thriller.)
- 4As stated earlier, John Hughes was the king of an angry rant, but nothing will ever top the "f**king" rant that Steve Martin goes on in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. The fact that this movie is almost completely PG material up until this moment doesn't matter to me. We've all been in a situation like this and WISHED we could go off on someone like Steve does.
- 5John Hughes really knew how to write frustration and good long and classy freak outs. After Clark has been low-balled on his Christmas Bonus he can't take the disappointment any longer and releases one of the most fantastic monologues of frustration ever written. (Regrettably, "Monologues of Frustration," Hughes' spiritual successor to "Wages of Fear" and "Faces of Death" remains unfilmed.)
- 6There has never been a more perfect closing shot to any romantic comedy like the end of sixteen candles. John Hughes knew how to write the love stories for his generation but the single shot of Samantha Baker and Jake Ryan sitting on a table with a cake in the middle is so simplistic that it's beautiful - like Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, but with high school.