You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation

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Crown/Archetype, Feb 9, 2010 - Performing Arts - 384 pages
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You can quote lines from Sixteen Candles (“Last night at the dancemy little brother paid a buck to see your underwear”), your iPod playlist includes more than one song by the Psychedelic Furs and Simple Minds, you watch The Breakfast Club every time it comes on cable, and you still wish that Andie had ended up with Duckie in Pretty in Pink. You’re a bonafide Brat Pack devotee—and you’re not alone.

The films of the Brat Pack—from Sixteen Candles to Say Anything—are some of the most watched, bestselling DVDs of all time. The landscape that the Brat Packmemorialized—where outcasts and prom queens fall in love, preppies and burn-outs become buds, and frosted lip gloss, skinny ties, and exuberant optimism made us feel invincible—is rich with cultural themes and significance, and has influenced an entire generation who still believe that life always turns out the way it is supposed to.

You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried
takes us back to that era, interviewing key players, such as Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Andrew McCarthy, and John Cusack, and mines all the material from the movies to the music to the way the films were made to show how they helped shape our visions for romance, friendship, society, and success.


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User Review  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

This book looks at ‘80s teen movies, including many John Hughes’ movies. The book takes the reader behind the scenes in the movies and we learn about the actors, as well as John Hughes and the other ... Read full review

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I m sure you ve heard of The Breakfast Club. Or Sixteen Candles? Ever heard of Ferris Bueller? Anyone? Anyone? Chances are, if you ve been alive at some point during the last 25 years, you know ... Read full review

Contents

Sixteen Candles Lights Up
26
The Breakfast Club
46
Inside
83
A Magazine
106
Ringwald and Hughes Reteam
129
Behind the Music of the Brat
156
Ferris Bueller
174
Some Kind of Wonderful
203
In the Last
251
The Eighties Become
276
John Hughess Final
301
How
309
conclusion WHEN THE LIGHT GETS INTO YOUR
329
NOTES 339
338
INDEX
352
Copyright

The Brat Pack
230

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About the author (2010)

SUSANNAH GORA is a filmjournalistwho haswritten for Variety and Elle andwas an editor at Premieremagazine. She appears regularly
on networks like VH1, NBC, and E! to discuss entertainment news and pop culture.


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