High School Times

By 1984, filmmaker John Hughes was well on his way to becoming a Hollywood powerhouse, but it's doubtful that even he was prepared for the unparalleled success that the mid-'80s would bring. In just three years Hughes churned out Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and Pretty In Pink, single handedly catapulting actors like Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald into the tenuous realm of teen stardom. Familiar themes of adolescence, angst, and awkwardness, were the bedrock of Hughes' '80s hits, and his ability to portray deeply relatable teenage protagonists struck a resonant chord with audiences worldwide. Hughes shed light on the thoughtful, misunderstood aspects of American youth rather than the twee frivolity which many filmmakers still prefer to capitalize on, making his films ooze salad-days nostalgia.

Thu., June 21, 7:30 p.m., 2012