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?