Don't You Forget About Me Reviews
It's a well edited and entertaining film with a build up to see if they can truly get the attention of the man himself. It's a fun look back on the films as well as a look into what Hollywood is doing wrong when making films with a younger audience in mind.
Any documentary about John Hughes is going to be worth watching, if only to relive so many classic moments from his films. The inclusion of recent interviews with cast members, collaborators, and other filmmakers inspired by his films are a real asset as well. But what keeps this documentary from being anything special is the way the filmmakers chose to focus on themselves. What originally was just to be a doc on Hughes' films and their impact was changed into a film focusing on the documentarians' quest to get an interview with the notoriously recluse director. Perhaps if they had succeeded, it would have been worth the work and made sense to include it; but the fact that they failed to get an interview, meet him, or even get a response from him makes that whole aspect of the film anticlimactic and pointless.
A nice love letter to the late filmmaker, the movie includes a lot of interviews from several actors and friends whom had worked with the reclusive writer/director.
The film however never really develops fully, it is mainly a film about a bunch of fans tracking down their hero. Which sadly they never do, and sadly they now will never get the chance.
Where the film does succeed the most is that it gives us a very intimate portrait of John Hughes through the people that worked with him, and the next generation of filmmakers he influenced.
Their will never be another John Hughes and watching this film makes you realize what a unique and great talent he was.
Remember Clint Howard in Parenthood screaming, "He had no business being out there! No Business!"? Well, these "filmmakers" have no business making a documentary about John Hughes. Simply being a fan is not enough, you must have some talent as well.
4 annoying "young" filmmakers decide to make half of their John Hughes documentary about themselves trying to track him down in Chicago. The other half is basically people repeating over and over that Hughes's films still mean a lot to people because we can see ourselves in them, and all new teen films are crap.
The shame of it is, they actually got several actors and collaborator's from Hughes's teen flicks, like Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Alan Ruck, Kelly LeBrock, etc. who mostly seem to come up with few interesting stories about the man and his methods, and just focus on how he made really good movies that people still really like, which we already know.
Interviews are sprinkled with clips from the movies, which are the best part, and then they are constantly cutting back to the filmmakers sitting around trying to figure out what they're going to say if they meet John Hughes. And then they never meet him. Completely stops the mediocre doc dead in its tracks every time they show up.
NO BUSINESS! NOOO!
It would've been a very decent documentary if the filmmakers DID NOT put themselves as part of the characters in the film sharing their experiences and wet-dreams about John Hugh. Better yet, the filmmakers shouldn't stuck to real-life people who liked and loved Hughes' work, instead they came across like total D-bags as if they were interesting.
The filmmakers must've thought they themselves were special in some way... they take away so much time on the screen that they're basically pathetic fame-whore-wanna-bees.
There are a lot of interviews done with high-angles which don't really work.
Overall it's just blah. Will not see this doc again.
John Hughes had sadly passed away on August 6, 2009 as a memorable filmmaker who has directed movies such as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which defined the 80's of films period. This documentary shows five filmmakers who are so dedicated to get an interview with John Hughes after a brink of 10 years where he hasn't had a interview since then. The good things about this documentary is that I enjoyed the celebrity interviews such as Kevin Smith, Roger Ebert, and old cast members in his films to show a good love letter to the director. Another good thing is that the filmmakers are incredibly likable, they seem enthusiastic about their project and seems like they really care about John Hughes as they take risks, big adventures to find the highlighted director.
Bad things about the movie is that the ending is very much so weak and kind of distressing, i actually felt bad for the filmmakers to having waste their time finding John Hughes while they been planning on doing it for over 2 and a half years, while John had just shooed them away, it kind of made Hughes seemed like a total douche, but yet it makes me feel like a douche since he had passed away, but mixed feelings over the ending of the film. Also it felt kind of staged at points.
Watchable? Sure, but don't go all your way out to find it.