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ROOKIE OF THE SUMMER
While he had already written four produced comedies and made a name for himself in print as part of "National Lampoon" magazine, it was with "Sixteen Candles" that John Hughes made his debut as a director and started the work that defined not only his career but a generation of teenagers. While the film may not have been the biggest hit of the summer, it resonated in a way that wasn't immediately clear. It is only over time that it became clear that he was writing films that charted the progress of the '80s teenager, defining how it felt to be alive at that exact moment with such surgical accuracy that it was a little scary. His run didn't last long, but his influence can still be felt in teen movies today.