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You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generationby Susannah Gora
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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.
A social evaluation of the influence and legacy of the "Brat Pack" films explores their 1980s cultural themes, in an account that draws on interviews with such celebrities as Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and John Cusack. Original.
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.
Table of Contents
Nothing compares to Hughes — Eternal flame — Breakfast of champions — Not just for breakfast anymore — Becoming "The Brat Pack" — Sitting pretty — We got the beat — I love Ferris in the springtime — Teens in wonderland — The end of the innocence — Anything, and everything — Pack to the future — Life moves pretty fast — Don't you forget about me — When the light gets into your heart.
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