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In 1991, filmmaker John Hughes disappeared from Hollywood. In 2008, four filmmakers went to find him.
It’s OK but there are some problems
POSITIVE: It’s a neat trip down memory lane for 80s kids. Contains a few OK interviews, although not as many as you’d hope.
First: the film makers filmed themselves a lot. Kids, this isn’t about you. (Or rather: it shouldn’t be.) You’re the documentarians. Stay off-camera.
Second: So this documentary is like a “quest” to bring John Hughes “back to filmmaking”… but… they focused entirely on his hits from the 80s and ignored the movies he made afterward that flopped (remember “Uncle Buck”?). If you spend 5 minutes on IMDB it becomes clear that Hughes stopped relating to the teen struggle and became disillusioned when his subsequent movies didn’t work out. He wrote scripts for movies like “Flubber” and the “Home Alone” sequels up to his death in 2009.
So in retrospect this movie seems… kind of misguided...
A great way to honor a legend!
For an fan of his movies, this is a great way to honor his legend!