He was a director who respected and did not exploit his young audience — imagine that!
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In John Hughes’ world, adults were not always wrong; teens not always right. Nor were the poor always virtuous, the rich always evil, the counter culture always noble, or the prevailing norms always repugnant. Everyone was to be evaluated on his or her own merits as an individual, not as a representative of class, culture, authority, or anything else.
By asserting the supremacy of the individual, John Hughes was himself rebelling against type. He was a Hollywood director refusing to promote the standard Hollywood clichés about America and its youth. His vision was essentially a Reaganite one: that we are all individuals and that the key to our destiny is found not in external social causes, nor dependency on others, but in our own willingness to shape it.
He managed to impart this crucial lesson without preaching it, but by doing the vastly more difficult job of entertaining. He told honest stories, and the lesson told itself. His honesty was why we, his audience, loved him so much. And it is why his films will be watched — and loved — long after the hair styles, clothes and music cease to evoke fond memories from any living viewer.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?