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John Hughes: A Life in Film

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Staff Review: "John Hughes: A Life in Film" by Kirk Honeycutt

★★★★

John Hughes is the creative force behind numerous memorable films throughout the 1980s and early '90s, including "The Breakfast Club", "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", "Home Alone", "Sixteen Candles," and "Pretty in Pink". In this book, author Honeycutt gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at each of the films Hughes wrote (and sometimes directed), and explores Hughes' relationships with stars like Molly Ringwald and John Candy, whom he cast in many of his films. The author also writes about how Hughes' Midwestern upbringing shaped his screenwriting, such as how a family vacation in Hughes' youth became the inspiration for the "National Lampoon's Vacation" franchise starring Chevy Chase. Perhaps most revealing is when Honeycutt expounds on Hughes' temperament and his aversion to being fully immersed in the entertainment world, which led to him going from being one of the most sought-after screenwriters in Hollywood to a quasi-recluse living in the Chicago suburbs until his death in 2009. Though the book can sometimes get bogged down by Honeycutt's own opinions, it’s a must-read for film buffs and for anyone who grew up watching Hughes' movies, which arguably defined a generation.

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

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