Top Five Greatest John Hughes Teen Movies
If you were in the vicinity of Dolores Park on Saturday night, you may have noticed a bunch of people braving crappy weather to watch 1984 teen classic, Sixteen Candles in the park. The screening was no accident -- today marks the three-year anniversary of the sadly premature death of director John Hughes: a man who captured more teenage angst and joy and romance on film than any other movie maker in history.
Sure, Hughes made a career out of well-rounded comedies and family movies (see: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Home Alone, Uncle Buck, and the National Lampoon's Vacation series) but he'll be remembered most fondly for the way he acutely understood what made the American teenager tick -- their needs, their wants, their oft-painful (but still party-ridden) transition into adulthood, and the perils of the time. So, in his honor, we're going to take a look back on John Hughes' top five greatest teen movie moments.
5. Weird Science
4. Sixteen Candles
The first of John Hughes' truly exceptional teen movies came in 1984 -- a time so politically incorrect, a movie about a girl having her 16th birthday forgotten by everyone around her could feature nudity, offensive portrayals of Asians, teen girl underwear removal, non-judgmental underage intoxication, and a fair amount of cursing (including the 'F' word). Molly Ringwald is charming in the lead role as Sam, John and Joan Cusack make very funny, very-youthful appearances, and Michael Schoeffling as Jake Ryan remains a teen dream. If Weird Science is the ultimate teen boy fantasy, then the end of this is the ultimate teen girl one.