232 Great Directors: John Hughes

“I don’t think of kids as a lower form of the human species.”

What Got This Director Here?
: All his 80s teen movies.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Breakfast Club, of course.

What Did I Watch: Weird Science.

Where Does He Fit: Having already seen five of the eight movies John Hughes directed, Weird Science was really the only option left (Curly Sue and She’s Having a Baby scream “no thanks”), and it was so hilariously dated during the first ten minutes that I kind of knew I was going to love it or hate it. I wound up indifferent, with the sexual politics feeling totally irrelevant thanks to the whole scenario being inherently mocking even if the feminism is…lacking. Still, you have to wonder why they didn’t just name her Dolly because of the silliness of the totally dated computer sequence gives way to a very old fashioned view of cloning. (Also, racist as hell, a la Sixteen Candles.)


Most Valuable Asset: Lot of empathy for teens.
Most Excited For: Er…something he wrote but didn’t direct.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Experimentalist Jonas Mekas


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