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What's the Best John Hughes Teen/High School Movie?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Oatsdad, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever Thread Starter

    Alexandria VA
    As a writer and/or director, John Hughes made over 30 movies, but he seems best-remembered for a handful of teen/high school movies from the 80s.

    Which of these six do you think is the best?

    Discussion: feel free to rank the 6 from best to worst!
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  2. stepeanut

    stepeanut Holmes Boy

    Some Kind of Wonderful. Great soundtrack, too.
  3. Steel City Soul

    Steel City Soul Senior Member

    I did a John Hughes poll last year on the forum: Pick Your Top 3 John Hughes Movies

    Based on that poll, which had all of his movies, to your teen list, it would be

    1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    2. The Breakfast Club
    3. Sixteen Candles
    4. Pretty In Pink
    5. Weird Science
    6. Some Kind of Wonderful

    I would definitely rank Some Kind of Wonderful above Weird Science. Ferris would be 1 on my list followed closely by the Breakfast Club as my 2. Those 2 films stand above the rest, at least for me.
  4. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    I love them all equally
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  5. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Sold out the Enormodome

    Tampa, FL
    Sixteen and Weird are the only ones I see pretty regularly. The others I haven't seen in years. I give the nod to Sixteen, Paul Dooley puts it over the top, but Weird has some great scenes in it.

    Based on what I can remember, I'll go:
    1. Sixteen Candles
    2. Weird Science
    3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    4. The Breakfast Club
    5. Some Kind of Wonderful
    6. Pretty in Pink
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2020
  6. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

    The Breakfast Club
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  7. agaraffa

    agaraffa Forum Resident

    1. Breakfast Club
    2. Pretty in Pink
    3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    4. Some Kind of Wonderful
    5. Sixteen Candles
    6. Weird Science
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  8. agentalbert

    agentalbert Forum Resident

    San Antonio, TX
    Toss up between Sixteen Candles and Some Kind Of Wonderful for me. The first is funnier, but SKOW works for me on the romantic comedy level. I like the whole group, though.
  9. Baroque

    Baroque Forum Resident

    Ferris Bueller get the nod for me. "The Museum Scene," set to an instrumental version of the Smiths, is one of those scenes that chokes me up every time... even seeing it out of context. It's just beautiful.

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    FACE OF BOE Forum Resident

    Ferris Bueller. Also showed off Jennifer Greys skill at comedy acting.
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  11. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    Abe Froman - Sausage King of Chicago :laugh:

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  12. From a fun to watch perspective, I would pick Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Everything seems to fall into place and fit just right in this movie

    From a relatability perspective, it would be The Breakfast Club.
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  13. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever Thread Starter

    Alexandria VA
    I did see you poll - sorry I didn't link to it as well.

    Felt this one was different because it a) only allowed one vote and b) didn't include all those non-teen movies to contaminate the pool! :)
  14. Pinknik

    Pinknik Senior Member

    1. Sixteen Candles / Breakfast Club
    2. Weird Science
    3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    4. Pretty in Pink

    Haven't seen Some Kind of Wonderful, though I've heard it's similar to Pretty in Pink.
  15. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever Thread Starter

    Alexandria VA
    "SKoW" is very close to remake territory, just with reversed genders - and a
    reverse ending, as the "oddball" love interest wins in "SKoW", not the "hottie".

    "SKoW" is a vastly superior movie. "PiP" is mostly awful but "SKoW" is really charming and engaging:

    Some Kind Of Wonderful: Special Collector's Edition (1987)
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  16. Pinknik

    Pinknik Senior Member

    I'll check it out at some point. Pretty in Pink is my least favorite John Hughes film, that I've seen
    thus far. I saw it once in the theater and didn't care for it. Watched it recently and that still held true.
  17. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever Thread Starter

    Alexandria VA
    I believe there's a Blu-ray release of "SKoW" in the pipeline, though I could be wrong.

    I thought I heard it was gonna be part of the "Paramount Presents" collection that finally got "PiP" a Blu-ray release, but I might misremember...
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  18. Just wish the cd wasn't so low volume. Maybe I'm just being old and crotchedy, but my cds of Beverly Hills Cop 1 and 2, Cocktail and Hiding Out don't have that problem.
  19. Steel City Soul

    Steel City Soul Senior Member

    Looks like Ferris is running away with it...
  20. stepeanut

    stepeanut Holmes Boy

    My old copy was destroyed 15 years ago, but I can’t say I remember having an issue. The volume dial is useful in this regard :)

    Apropos of nothing, this film has become somewhat of a meme in our house. I use the title to complete my girlfriend’s sentences, much to her annoyance.

    For example:

    GF: “The weirdest thing happened at work today. I looked out the window and there was some kind of ....”

    Me: “Wonderful?”


    Try it, it’s great fun.
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  21. fitzysbuna

    fitzysbuna Forum Resident

    Uncle Buck
  22. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever Thread Starter

    Alexandria VA
    How is that a teen/high school movie?
  23. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
  24. '05Train

    '05Train Crashin' & Flyin' & Livin' & Dyin'

    I'm in the tiny minority that hated Ferris Bueller's Day Off from the outset. Nothing in that movie worked for me when I was the target demographic, and it works even less now.

    I loved Weird Science, and I'd watch it again today.
  25. JAuz

    JAuz Forum Resident

    I agree, I don't get the love for Ferris Bueller. Although I grew up in the '80s, I didn't see it until much later, so that my have affected my perception of it. Matthew Broderick's character seemed too smug to be relatable. But it's not Matthew himself, as I love him in War Games.

    The Pretty In Pink / Some Kind Of Wonderful debate is fun to think through. I can really get into PiP, especially the outburst that Duckie has when Blane shows up late for his date with Andie. That was a great scene. And nobody does a smarmy unlikable teenager like James Spader.

    I need to give SKoW another viewing as it's been awhile since I've seen that. It looks like it's on Amazon Prime now so maybe I'll get to this soon.

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