Gen X film classics saluted at the Oscars in tribute to John Hughes — when did we get so old?

I grew up on John Hughes films. Breakfast Club. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Pretty in Pink.  St. Elmo’s Fire (OK, not a Hughes film but also stars Brat Pack gang). These classic films helped define Generation X, our whole generation. After The Big Chill put a fine point on Baby Boomer angst, along came John Hughes to explain Gen X to the Boomers, and reflect ourselves to ourselves.

So I just loved the tribute to John Hughes at the Oscars last Sunday. I loved seeing the clips, but really loved seeing the old Brat Packers grown up. Some have aged better than others (Matthew Broderick compared to Judd Nelson??) and some don’t seem to have aged at all (hello, Maccauley Caulkin?).

Thanks to Jenn for starting the discussion about how the aging Brat Packers make us feel about our own aging. With my birthday just over a week away, I’d say I’ve held up pretty well against Ally Sheedy and Mare Winningham (did you see her last week in 24?). Are there any films as good as these about teenagers nowadays?

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One Response to Gen X film classics saluted at the Oscars in tribute to John Hughes — when did we get so old?

  1. GenXwords says:

    This strange experience of feeling old is just that, kinda strange. Funny how many of us genX bloggers mentioned the Oscar tribute on our blogs…Hughes has certainly influenced is in so many ways. I found myself thinking about it for several days after the Oscars..and ended up writing about it just like you did.

    Nice blog btw…I’m gonna take a look around. Seems we may have much in common.
    http://www.genxwords.com

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