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

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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. Youre a bonafide Brat Pack devotee—and youre 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 Couldnt 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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"The phrase was coined by David Blum in the headline 'Hollywood's Brat Pack,' heralding his cover story for the June 10, 1985, issue of New York magazine with its cover photo of Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, and Judd Nelson. The label stuck, Gora notes, and extended to describe other actors: Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, and Anthony Michael Hall. A former editor at Premiere, Gora guides the reader through the creation of the teen cinema of the 1980s, described by the American Film Institute as 'the cultural phenomenon which helped make us what we are today.' To recall the era, she interviewed two dozen actors, plus the directors and producers behind the Brat Pack's memorable movies, including The Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. As Gora sees it, 'The films changed the way many young people looked at everything from class distinction to friendship, from love and sex to fashion and music.' Writer-director John Hughes's ability to capture adolescent angst is highlighted. The 1980s youth films maintain their popularity on TV and DVDs, and Gora gives them near-encyclopedic, comprehensive coverage." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried" takes readers back to the 1980s, interviewing key players from the Brat Pack and beyond to show how they helped shape a generation's visions for romance, friendship, society, and success.

About the Author

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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Dr. Rico, November 4, 2010 (view all comments by Dr. Rico)
A thoroughly readable look at seven iconic youth movies from the 1980s and the actors who starred in them. Gora provides background information on the filmmakers and actors on five John Hughes movies ("Sixteen Candles," "Breakfast Club," "Pretty In Pink," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Some Kind of Wonderful"), plus Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything" and Joel Schumacher's "St. Elmo's Fire." She also describes how the "Brat Pack" label came to be applied to the key actors and its surprising effects on their careers and lives. Fans of the movies will enjoy reliving the films and discovering inside tidbits (like the change to the end of "Pretty In Pink," or the person who talked about Martin Sheen's heart attack to Emilio Estevez without knowing that Estevez is Sheen's son). Gora isn't a breathless admirer of these films, but she is an admirer nonetheless. She doesn't quite make the case for greatness that some of these films deserve, but she does make the case for their importance in cinema history, and makes a good argument about the emerging roles of cable TV and VCRs. Very worthwhile for general film fans, and especially anyone who loved these movies.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307408433
Subtitle:
The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation
Author:
Gora, Susannah
Publisher:
Crown Archetype
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Teen films - United States -
Subject:
Teenagers in motion pictures.
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100209
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.35 x 1.3 in 1.35 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The phrase was coined by David Blum in the headline 'Hollywood's Brat Pack,' heralding his cover story for the June 10, 1985, issue of New York magazine with its cover photo of Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, and Judd Nelson. The label stuck, Gora notes, and extended to describe other actors: Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, and Anthony Michael Hall. A former editor at Premiere, Gora guides the reader through the creation of the teen cinema of the 1980s, described by the American Film Institute as 'the cultural phenomenon which helped make us what we are today.' To recall the era, she interviewed two dozen actors, plus the directors and producers behind the Brat Pack's memorable movies, including The Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. As Gora sees it, 'The films changed the way many young people looked at everything from class distinction to friendship, from love and sex to fashion and music.' Writer-director John Hughes's ability to capture adolescent angst is highlighted. The 1980s youth films maintain their popularity on TV and DVDs, and Gora gives them near-encyclopedic, comprehensive coverage." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried" takes readers back to the 1980s, interviewing key players from the Brat Pack and beyond to show how they helped shape a generation's visions for romance, friendship, society, and success.
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