This year's Oscar producers, Adam Shankman and Bil Mechanic, were so dedicated to the quixotic task of luring in young viewers, that we were given a show full of presenters that appeared to have gone through puberty during the rehearsals.
Little to no emphasis is placed on harnessing genuine critical thought in our K through 12 public schools. And mature social discourse, self-reflection and cognitive empathy -- the very kind Hughes demonstrated in The Breakfast Club -- are rendered irrelevant.
Fighting at the lockers, crying in the restroom, avoiding bullies, defending your outfit to a principal who thinks all students should be cookie-cutter preppies -- what kid, black or white, couldn't relate to that?
On the set, Hughes did not conceal his enthusiasm about your work, as some directors feel they must. I have worked on some comedy films where the director was the least funny person on the set. Hughes was funny.