John Hughes FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Man Behind the Movies

John Hughes FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Man Behind the Movies

by Thomas A. Christie


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(FAQ). Looking for a comprehensive chronicle of the films of legendary director, screenwriter, and producer John Hughes? You're holding it in your hands. Covering the entirety of Hughes's career, from his earliest features through to his mainstream box-office successes, John Hughes FAQ explores the key factors that contributed to his legendary status in the world of cinema. While Hughes has become especially well known for the eight films that he directed between 1984 and 1991 including Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) he made a considerably greater contribution to cinema through the dozens of high-profile screenplays that he developed for production throughout the '80s and '90s. John Hughes FAQ investigates many different aspects of Hughes's prolific career in film discussing his distinctive flair for creating entertaining and engaging characters, his enthusiasm for new technology and eventful road trips, and his insightful social commentary on class and culture. Considering the entire sweep of Hughes's work behind the camera, John Hughes FAQ focuses not only on the popular classics of his filmography but also on many of his movies that have achieved a certain cultural prominence over the passing years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495074660
Publisher: Applause
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Series: FAQ Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,259,952
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Thomas A. Christie is an author with a passion for all things popular culture. His books have covered subjects ranging from modern cinema and popular literature to classic video-gaming. He is a member of the Royal Society of Literature, the Society of Authors, and the Federation of Writers Scotland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 John Hughes: The Man Behind the Movies l

2 When You Grow Up, Your Heart Dies: John Hughes and the Teen Movie 15

3 Life Moves Pretty Fast: John Hughes, Travel, and Transport 35

4 How Can You Give Kris Kringle a Parking Ticket on Christmas Eve? John Hughes and the Christmas Movie 45

5 I Predict Me and Her Will Interface: Technology in John Hughes Films 60

6 What Aren't We Going to Do? John Hughes and the Great American Vacation 71

7 A Letter Confirming Your Reservation at the Nuthouse: Comic Characterization and Eccentrics in John Hughes Films 83

8 If We Played by the Rules Right Now, We'd be in Gym: Sports and Games in John Hughes Films 97

9 Don't You Forget About Me: The Forgotten John Hughes Movies 106

10 They Just Don't Write Love Songs Like They Used To: Popular Music in John Hughes Films 119

11 What a Funny Guy: John Hughes as Edmond Dantès 134

12 She Said We're Going Downtown: John Hughes's Chicago and Illinois 144

13 Being Bad Feels Pretty Good: The Antagonists of John Hughes Films 156

14 We'll Settle Down, Have a Couple of Kids: John Hughes Films and Parenthood 165

15 Dodge City Was Enough Fun for One Day: John Hughes, Patriotism and the U.S.A. 175

16 A Neo Maxi Zoom Dweebie: Geekdom in John Hughes Films 186

17 You Killed the Car: John Hughes and the Road Trip 194

18 You Look Good Wearing My Future: Eighties Youth, the Cold War, and Uncertain Times in the Cinema of John Hughes 204

19 I'm a Kid, That's My Job: John Hughes and the Kids' Comedy Caper 216

20 A First-Class Ticket to Nowhere: Authority and the Education System in John Hughes Films 229

21 This Is a Really Volcanic Ensemble You're Wearing: Fashion in John Hughes Films 242

22 You Have to Learn to Live in the Jungle: John Hughes's Love Affair with Suburbia 252

23 Deliver the Kiss that Kills: Romance and Class in John Hughes's America 262

24 When I Get Older, These Kids are Going to Take Care of Me: The Role of Seniors in John Hughes Films 273

25 Don't You Want to Hear My Excuse? Plot Holes and Narrative Inconsistencies in the Screenplays of John Hughes 284

26 You Don't Spell It, Son, You Eat It: Restaurants and Dining in John Hughes Films 296

27 The Place Is Like a Museum: Eighties Pop Culture and Set Design in John Hughes Films 304

28 You Can't Tell a Book by its Cover: The Literary Allusions and Cinematic Tributes of John Hughes 313

29 You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Box-Office Performance of John Hughes's Cinema 327

30 One Day I'll Look Back on It and Laugh: The Legacy of John Hughes 338

Image Credits 351

Select Bibliography 353

Index 355

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