NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
1989, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Screenwriter John Hughes expertly juggles farce and sentiment in this delightful holiday film, perhaps the best in the entire VACATION series. Suburban dad Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) finds his plans for the perfect Christmas going awry thanks to a visit from obnoxious brother-in-law Eddie (a hilarious Randy Quaid), but the slapstick antics give way to a surprisingly touching finale that perfectly sums up Hughes’ feelings about home and family. With Beverly D’Angelo, Diane Ladd.


THE BREAKFAST CLUB
1985, Universal, 97 min, USA, Dir: John Hughes

John Hughes’ 1980s string of teenage comedy-dramas reached its apex with this study of five misfit kids (Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall) who learn to open up as they undergo a daylong Saturday detention. The memorable soundtrack includes Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me).”


FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
1986, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: John Hughes

If you ever wanted to know how to fake illness, revive your neurotic best friend (Alan Ruck), get your girlfriend (Mia Sara) out of school, hack your academic record or anything else that will get you out of something you don’t want to do, this is the movie for you! Matthew Broderick reigns as the king of slacker cool in Hughes’ classic teen comedy, twisting and shouting his way across Chicago.


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