Small Details In John Hughes Movies That Enhance Even Our 100th Rewatch

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For most film buffs, John Hughes' movies are a source of nostalgia, entertainment, and (mostly) wholesome fun. His films have entertained the masses for decades, and there are a lot of them. Hughes only directed eight movies, but he wrote and produced dozens more. In all of his movies, especially throughout the 1980s, Hughes put tons of Easter Eggs and references into his work. If you're watching one John Hughes film, there's a good chance you'll spot a reference to another one.

That said, every one of his movies is jam-packed with small details few fully notice. After all, it's not as if a John Hughes movie draws a lot of attention to the intended small details, so most people don't see it all on their first, fiftieth, or hundredth viewing. 

Fans of John Hughes' movies have picked apart every scene, finding interesting details that make them all the better. Still, no matter how many times you watch a John Hughes film, there's no way to see every detail that shows up on the screen - after all, they're absolutely packed with small but impactful details. Nevertheless, plenty of people have noticed them and posted their findings on the MovieDetails subreddit. This list takes a look at some of the best small details from classic superhero movies that demand a rewatch.


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    12 VOTES

    Many Of The Dancers In The Parade Scene In 'Ferris Beuller's Day Off' Weren't Part Of The Production

    From Redditor u/yesiamabrbafan:

    In Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), during the parade, people seen dancing including the construction worker and the window washer had nothing to do with the film. They were simply dancing to the music being played, and John Hughes found it so humorous that he told the camera operators to record it.

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    9 VOTES

    John Hughes' Birthday Is Emblazoned On Jake's License Plate In 'Sixteen Candles'

    From Redditor u/flurrfegherkin:

    In Sixteen Candles (1984), the license plate on Jake's Porsche, 21850, is the director John Hughes' birthday.

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    8 VOTES

    Eddie's Path To The Griswold House Reveals He Went The Wrong Way In 'Christmas Vacation'

    From Redditor u/SonOfGarry:

    In National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), Cousin Eddie says that their gas money ran out in Gurnee. Gurnee is a far-north suburb of Chicago, near the Wisconsin border, meaning that Eddie, from Kansas, likely took the wrong route to the Griswold house, further showing his stupidity.

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    7 VOTES

    John Hughes Plays Brian's Father In 'The Breakfast Club'

    From Redditor u/Numerous-Lemon:

    In The Breakfast Club (1985), Brian’s father is played by John Hughes, the director of the movie.

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    16 VOTES

    License Plates In John Hughes Movies Are Easter Eggs To His Other Films

    From Redditor u/gfra54:

    All the licence plates in "ferris bueller day off" make reference to other john hughes movies

    VCTN: National Lampoon's Vacation

    TBC : The Breakfast Club

    MMOM : MR Mom

    and of course

    4FBDO : Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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    6 VOTES

    There's A 'Planes, Trains, & Automobiles' Easter Egg In 'The Great Outdoors'

    From Redditor u/Jackieirish:

    In The Great Outdoors (1988), John Candy's wife orders the Royal Canadian Mounted Beef Barley Soup; the Royal Canadian Mounted was the novel Candy was reading in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.