His movies epitomized the angst of Americans suburban teens in the 80's (many of them in Shermer, Illinois or Chicago), combined with slapstick comedy, but he could also direct moments of sensitivity - Ferris Bueller and his entourage standing in front of paintings in the Metro Art Museum, some of the monologues of "The Breakfast Club". The success of his films helped spawn the creation of the infamous "Brat Pack" of the 80s: a loose association of teen actors that that included Rob Lowe and Emilio Esteves.(Previous Mefi discussions of John Hughes and his films include these posts, along with this classic).
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