John Hughes

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It is thanks to him that not a day goes by when someone, somewhere does not come up to me, taps me on the shoulder and says, "Hey Ferris, is this your day off?"
Matthew Broderick, Memorial Speech for Hughes at the 82nd Academy Awards

John Hughes (1950-2009) was an American filmmaker best known for the teen comedies he wrote and directed in the mid 1980s: Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

He started as a writer for National Lampoon Magazine, and was one of the key developers of Delta House, the TV spinoff of Animal House. His first big successes as a screenwriter (the year before Sixteen Candles) were National Lampoon's Vacation and Mr. Mom. After Ferris Bueller, he directed Planes, Trains and Automobiles, She's Having a Baby, Uncle Buck, and Curly Sue, and wrote and produced Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, the Lampoon's Vacation sequel entitled Christmas Vacation, and the first three Home Alone movies. (He also produced Only The Lonely for writer-director (and Home Alone (and its sequel) director) Chris Columbus, one of only two films he produced that he didn't write - the other was New Port South, written and directed by his son James.)

During the 1990s, he somehow ended up writing and producing a string of more family-oriented comedies, including the live-action versions of 101 Dalmatians and Dennis the Menace, and the remake of Miracle on 34th Street. In the following decade he would become a recluse, and the rest of his screenplays would be written under the pseudonym Edmond Dantes. His last film was the Owen Wilson comedy Drillbit Taylor.


Films he directed include:
His films (those few that don't already have pages of their own) provide examples of:

John Hughes: When I started making movies, I thought I would just invent a town where everything happened. Everybody, in all of my movies, is from Shermer, Illinois. Del Griffith from Planes, Trains & Automobiles lives two doors down from John Bender. Ferris Bueller knew Samantha Baker from Sixteen Candles. For 15 years I've written my Shermer stories in prose, collecting its history.

    • It's long been speculated that Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, and Home Alone also take place in the Shermerverse, since those movies were written (but not directed) by Hughes and feature similar themes.
    • Weird Science explicitly takes place in Shermer (Lisa is seen teaching the Shermer High gym class at the end), though it has its own Speculative Fiction internal logic that is inconsistent with the other canon Shermerverse movies.
    • She's Having A Baby does not take place in the Shermerverse, since Neal Page's wife is seen watching that movie on television in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
  • The Windy City: The suburbs of Chicago, actually.
His life provides examples of:
  • Artist Disillusionment: Hughes left the Hollywood scene out of fear that it would have a negative impact on his kids. Plus, he felt that the film industry overworked his friend John Candy to the point that it killed the actor.
  • Reclusive Artist