Don't You Forget About Me Reviews

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Super Reviewer
June 30, 2010
An excellent look into the films and impact of John Hughes. As these young filmmakers travel to Chicago to try and get an interview from the iconic director we get insights about the man and his films from not only the people who he has worked with and other directors he has inspired but also from the most recent generation his films have captivated.
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.
Super Reviewer
January 26, 2010
Can a documentary have spoilers? If so, well then: spoiler alert.

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.
Super Reviewer
½ February 19, 2011
A group of filmmakers try to find director John Hughes to try and complete a documentary about John Hughes and his films.

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.
Super Reviewer
April 9, 2010
This stupid piece of shit is a total waste of time! What I don't understand is they get some good people for interviews and either don't ask any good questions or just cut them out so the directors can get more face time. This is really sad because John Hughes deserves a real documentary done by real filmmakers, instead of a bunch of jerkoffs who like to hear themselves talk.
Super Reviewer
April 8, 2010
Terrible. Pointless.
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!
May 20, 2010
What the FUCK!!! This was a complete waste of time.

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.
½ December 4, 2012
"Don't You Forget About Me" is a genuine try to pay homage to John Hughes and it achieves its best moments when let other filmmakers, actors and young audiences talk about the greatness of his work. Unfortunately, we have this other half with the four documentarists trying to get an interview with extremely recluse Hughes, what end up being a letdown and can even send the wrong message to the viewers about the filmmaker. With just 75 minutes, it's a love letter that barely scratches the surface of Hughes' body of work.
July 26, 2012
a really thought ful and thought out piece. with a lot of question that millions of fans want to know but in a sad way never will
April 10, 2012
A excellent love letter to one of the greatest film makers of our time
½ July 9, 2011
A bunch of film students make a self-indulgent movie about trying (and failing) to get an interview with John Hughes. This road trip is interspersed with clips of celebrities and non-celebrities praising Hughes' work. That's it. That's the entire movie.
May 24, 2011
A decent documentary about John Hughes' work that is structured around a group of young filmmakers searching for the reclusive writer. Unfortunately, the filmmakers are so obsessive and pathetic in their odyssey to find Hughes that their segments are painful to watch, leaving only a primer on Hughes' films and their stars reminiscing on the man's brilliance, which we already knew anyway.
½ March 6, 2011
I nice little tribute that's less of a documentary about John Hughes as it is a tale of 4 Canadian fans in their attempt to reach the 80's icon, all the while cutting in clips and interviews that range from middle school students all the way to the likes of Jason Reitman, Kevin Smith, Judd Nelson and others who have worked with or been influenced by Hughes.
January 30, 2011
The people who made this were too annoying for me.
½ December 20, 2010
Spoilers for this review!!
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.
½ September 21, 2010
Worth it for the interviews, but the filmmakers ruin it with their self-absorbed contribution as supposed fans.
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