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John Hughes, Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer and writer. He made some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s, including National Lampoon's Vacation; Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Weird Science; The Breakfast Club; Sixteen Candles; Pretty in Pink; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Uncle Buck; Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.



Several director's trademarks can be seen within Hughes' films:

  • Set in the fictional Shermer, Illinois, North Shore suburbs or the Chicago metropolitan area. (Spoofed to great effect in admirer Kevin Smith's 1999 film Dogma, when Jay and Silent Bob reveal that they had saved up for bus fare, came to Shermer, Illinois to create a monopoly on marijuana dealing, only to discover that Shermer is, in fact, a fictional device created by Hughes. In the process Smith, who has acknowledged Hughes as an important influence on his work, manages to pay tribute to a number of 1980 Hughes' films.)
  • Characters breaking the fourth wall (acknowledging the audience)
  • Additional scenes under and/or after the closing credits
  • Non-linear montages, where characters' actions in preparing for an event are spliced together immediately before the event takes place.
  • A strong emphasis on pop songs and music cues





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