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Don't You Forget About Me (2009)

A group of young filmmakers have one goal in mind: to track down and interview the great writer/director John Hughes, responsible for many of the classic teen films that marked a whole ... See full summary »

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A group of young filmmakers have one goal in mind: to track down and interview the great writer/director John Hughes, responsible for many of the classic teen films that marked a whole generation even today such as The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller Day-Off and Sixteen Candles. The documentary features testimonies from many actors who worked with Hughes, revealing what was special about his films and the way they conquered audiences through the years. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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In 1991, filmmaker John Hughes disappeared from Hollywood. In 2008, four filmmakers went to find him.


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The movie lists Richard Elfman as the lead singer of Oingo Boingo. Richard was the creator of the performance troupe "The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo", the previous incarnation of the band Oingo Boingo. He is the brother to Oingo Boingo front man Danny Elfman and not a part of the musical group the resulted from his original concept. See more »

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Kevin Smith: He was a master, y'know, at what he did.
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Well, the interviews were good...
9 September 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Finally a documentary about the life of John Hughes. The unfortunate part is that it's made by amateur Canadian (sadly) filmmakers. The interviews with the stars of Hughes' films are the best part of this documentary. The let down is that while Judd Nelson and other stars are present, there are many stars who aren't. Where was Matthew Broderick? The filmmakers also go on an adventure to go to Hughes' home and subsequently interview him. I'll save you the effort.They don't interview Hughes because they're silly amateurs who wrote up their interview questions half an hour earlier in a coffee shop. They also get Hughes' home address from his pizza delivery man.

It's worth watching for the interviews with the cast of Breakfast Club (sans Molly Ringwald, Estevez, Michael Hall), Weird Science (sans Michael Hall), Ferris Bueller (sans Matthew Broderick,Jeffrey Jones (Rooney)). You get the idea. They also interview filmmaker inspired by Hughes like Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) and Kevin Smith (Clerks). The celebs don't need much prodding so it's the best part of the documentary.

I still hope someone makes a halfway decent documentary about the life of John Hughes. Hopefully it won't be deluded fan-boys who treat Hughes like he's Jesus Christ or John Lennon (okay, Hughes really is the Gen X Lennon). Hughes is dead but his legacy lives on. The man simply wanted privacy and we'll probably never know how many weirdos showed up at his door telling him how important he is. It's the J.D. Salinger effect.


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