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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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Matt Sadowski (as Matt Austin), Matt Sadowski
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Credited cast:
David Anderle David Anderle ... Himself
Mike Bender Mike Bender ... Himself
Jackie Burch Jackie Burch ... Herself
Scott Coffey ... Himself
Sean Covel ... Himself
Howard Deutch ... Himself
Roger Ebert ... Himself
Richard Elfman ... Himself
Jennifer Gibgot Jennifer Gibgot ... Herself
Andrew Gunn ... Himself
Justin Henry ... Himself
John Kapelos ... Himself
Jim Kerr ... Himself
Kelly LeBrock ... Herself
Andrew McCarthy ... Himself
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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Canada

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English

Release Date:

13 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Не забывайте меня See more »

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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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John Hughes may never be forgotten, but this film certainly will be.
26 August 2010 | by kixbootySee all my reviews

John Hughes is a personal hero of mine, so I was desperate to see this film, and I have to say I wasn't disappointed, mainly because the contributions from his movie stars, from Ally Sheedy to Alan Ruck, were respectful, sincere and full of adoration. All of them wondering what happened to a man who they considered a dear friend.

I had to think though, if these actors and producers were such good friends of Hughes, wouldn't he have wanted to stay in touch? Wouldn't he have missed their company as much as they claim to miss his?

One aspect of this film that I found utterly pointless was the group of wannabe film-makers, documenting their attempts to talk to the man himself. It was kind of like a secondary unneeded documentary mcguffin. It did give a glimpse in to their passion for this project though, but I found their street walking interviews with kids who obviously have no idea what they're talking about to be tacky and last-minute.

This movie being made while Hughes was still alive, provided a sense of longing optimism for the return of Hughes, as the actors that have given interviews beg him to come back, which leaves you with a depressing taste in your mouth at the end of the film as you realise he's gone and his genius has gone with him.

Notably absent was a contribution from Matthew Broderick, Molly Ringwald and Macaulay Culkin, which disappointed me considering I cried like a baby at their Oscars tribute.

I give this film a 6/20 for effort, because despite its shortcomings, it's clearly a labour of love and who can blame them for that?

Oh, and I still think Judd Nelson is a self righteous, conceited showpony.


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