Posted Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at 5:07 PM
TMZ is reporting that John Hughes, director of The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off among many classic teen movies, has died at 59 of an apparent heart attack . In 2006, Michael Weiss asked in Slate whether the famously reclusive Hughes was a closet Republican . "Ferris Bueller," Weiss argues, "mouths his creator's worldview early in the famous day off: Ism's, in my opinion, are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. "
For those in need of a quick Hughes nostalgia fix, enjoy this montage from The Breakfast Club set to Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me."