I've always been a fan of John Hughes films and I respect his works much of because he filmed a world which he knew and didn't reach too far and pretend to know about worlds he wasn't familiar with. And it showed. His films and characters always felt like the genuine article.
One of the biggest travesties of his films is that many times soundtracks weren't released because Hughes "felt the songs would not work well together as a continuous album" (Ferris Bueller's Day Off
) or incomplete - and the fact that all the incidental & background music, specifically that of Ira Newborn
who was one of the magic ingredients that made many of Hughes films Hughes films, was never given a full and/or separate release (Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck)
.Ferris Bueller's Day Off Extended SoundtrackPlanes, Trains and Automobiles Extended SoundtrackUncle Buck Extended SoundtrackWeird Science Extended SoundtrackThe Breakfast Club Extended SoundtrackSixteen Candles Extended SoundtrackPretty In Pink Extended Soundtrack
So who's going to pick up the rights and do a sequel to Ferris Bueller? Or how about a 25-year anniversary Breakfast Club film?
I will be interested in the documentary Don't You Forget About Me
"about four film makers who go in search of Hughes after his drop out of the spotlight in 1991."
So what of today's "Teen Movies"?
There are some decent movies geared towards kids today (many of which are throwbacks) that I thought were good (The Chronicles Of Narnia series, The Last Mimzy, The Spiderwick Chronicles, WALL-E, Zathura etc.)
, but current good movies geared towards teens? I'm at a loss. I'd say Juno, but that wasn't necessarily a "teen movie" even though it centered around teens.
Twilight sucked, in Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist you have High-schooler's staying out all night going bar/club hopping in NYC, and Never Back Down was an insult to my intelligence and sends the wrong message to teens.I mean fight clubs, illegal street fighting, drinking, and sexy girls in bikini's making out with each other? And of course the main character playing a high schooler was 25 yrs old during filming.
These kids get the shit kicked out of them and somehow they're back up & running over a few days time (People can and do die from a single punch to the head).
If anything this movie works against the UFC by encouraging illegal street fights (even in high school!) and fighting to solve all your problems.
I think the proper ending to the movie would've been somebody dying from their injuries, and the other going to jail for murder.