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- Mar 23, 2012
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Makes you wonder if there any young'ns who would be surprised by the ending of "To Serve Man".
Well, leaving aside a few hundred Simpsons jokes, which also makes it hard to preserve secrets about Citizen Kane's "Rosebud" and/or smashed snow globes...
The one Hughes film that doesn't quite hold up for me is The Breakfast Club. There's just something glib and smarmy about it that leaves a bad aftertaste.
There's a good movie to be made about the reality of teens fostering their own symbolic self-xenophobic cliques just to understand their world, and then projecting their fears of their own lack of identity by forcing their own friends and strangers into those prisons, and the 90's have probably made one already.
Hughes, OTOH, was 43 when he wrote it, so the movie begins with a David Bowie quote about the freedom of youth, which explodes! on screen, giving way to a movie where our heroes discover that they've trapped themselves into prejudicial stereotypes because..."the GROWNUPS did it to us!"
(Even at an age where this was supposed to be meaningful, my reaction was "....Oh, good lord. " )