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The John Hughes Box Set

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Teen-story teller John Hughes’ first three films finally debut on Region Two DVD, offering feelgood ’80s comedies set to tweak nostalgic escapism for twentysomethings everywhere. All, of course, are lightweight coming-of-age flicks, tapping into pre-adult insecurity about virginity, parental pressure, peer acceptance and whether to bone the magical foxy chick you created out of jazz mags, a chunky computer and a lightning strike while chanting with a bra on your head – we’ve all been there.

Of the three, The Breakfast Club pips Sixteen Candles (Molly Ringwald turns 16, lusts after high school stud, blossoms into a woman) as the most endearing and infinitely watchable. After some gut-spilling between the convenient cross section of high school society (prom queen, jock, rebel, geek and nutter) the end frame pauses on the still defiant, but no longer lonely figure of Judd Nelson as Simple Minds belt out ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’. Classic. Weird Science is the wackiest and least well-regarded of the bunch, but it’s a fantastical gem – a teenage lad’s wet-dream come to life. Hughes stalwart Anthony Michael Hall inexplicably manages to co-create the teen-fantasy older woman. And, god, isn’t she lovely, isn’t she wooonderful... The future Mrs Seagal, Kelly LeBrock, prances around in aerobics clobber, vamps it up, tip-toes in her skimpies and generally causes a lot of male seepage as a kind of sexy, party-loving Mary Poppins. Dated? Perhaps, but those pangs still echo as clear as a bell...

 

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: September 12th 2005

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