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15 Fan Theories About John Hughes Movies That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

December 16, 2020 349 votes 63 voters 2.5k views15 items

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Over the years, '80s movies become a popular genre all on their own and no one screams '80s movies more than John Hughes. From gifting us with soul-searching teen dramedies like the Brat Pack films to classic heart-warming holiday comedies about family, we owe a lot to the brillant mind of writer and director, John Hughes. Of course, there will always be plot-points that felt unfinished or characters who we're forever curious about; which is where fan theories come in. We managed to round up some of the most interesting fan theories we could find about John Hughes movies.

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  • 1. Bender And Allison Were Friends Before 'The Breakfast Club'

    Photo: The Breakfast Club / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/inquirymen:

    At the beginning, John looks at her and said "I've seen you" and then nods and points at her. He never makes fun or antagonizes Allison ONCE. He is protective. They dance together in the dance scene. If you really pay attention, it adds a whole new level to the movie. He has seen her around, all by herself, looking sad and lonely. He feels for her, but can't talk to her because of his friends, which is why when asked whether he would be friendly to them all on Monday, Allison gives that half cry half laugh as soon as he says her name. It's why when Brian asks Claire if things will change on Monday, Allison says "With all of us, or just John?"

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  • 2. Ferris Is Living A 'Groundhog Day' Situation

    Photo: Ferris Bueller's Day Off / Paramount Pictures

    From Redditor u/duncandy:

    The reason things constantly seem to go right for Ferris Bueller is that he has lived this exact day countless times before a la Groundhog Day or Edge of Tomorrow. The biggest piece of evidence is how he is able to plan for almost all possible contingencies to make sure his plan works - the Rube Goldberg-like mechanisms that are just good enough to work on his parents, outsmarting the snooty waiter, constantly outsmarting Rooney, covering every single possible flaw in the plan (the answering machine messages, calling Rooney while he's on the phone to 'Mr. Peterson'). The reason every gambit he makes works is that he has had the trial-and-error opportunity to perfect his day. He's incredibly lucky with every situation - able to catch the baseball at the game, able to sneak onto the float, able to hit the baseball perfectly onto his tape recorder at the end - and has mastered complex skills at a young age including being able to hack into his school's computer network.

    [Read the full theory here]

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  • 3. 'She's Having A Baby' Links Multiple Movies In The John Hughes Universe

    Photo: She's Having A Baby / Paramount Pictures

    From Redditor u/AdamSmasherTime:

    Tl;dr: The end credit scene from the movie She's Having A Baby links it to Groundhog's Day, Ghostbusters, The Great Outdoors, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Airplane!, Cheers, and Frasier, and possibly even Mr. Mom. In the end credit scene, Kevin Bacon's character is walking with his wife down a flight of stairs and the two are discussing what they should name their new baby. It then cuts to random people giving suggestions for what they should name it. And some of these random characters happen to be characters from other movies.

    [Read the full theory here]

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  • 4. Duckie Is Crazy

    Photo: Pretty in Pink / Paramount Pictures

    From Redditor u/magwhich:

    Duckie always seemed a little off. I know that he is friends with Andie but he keeps getting increasingly possessive throughout the movie. Going from just a tag along joke-friend to stalking Andie by watching her from the parking lot across the street and constantly showing up to her work. However not much is ever really revealed about Duckie himself, we never see his family and they are never mentioned. The only thing close in the movie is a glimpse of his room which looks like something from Taxi Driver. All this together leads me to believe that Duckie probably wasn't quite right in the head or had a terrible home life and that Andie was safer with Blane in the end.

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