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The 10 Best John Hughes Tributes in Movies

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Legendary director John Hughes remade the teen rom-com in his image throughout the 80s, so it’s not surprising that his filmic fellows would pay homage. Here are ten of the best.

10. Sky High

John Hughes didn’t go too far into sci-fi or fantasy, but this 2005 comedy set in a school for superhuman includes a character virtually Xeroxed from Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles.


9. ParaNorman

The four main characters in ParaNorman are loosely modeled after four of the members of The Breakfast Club, and the film is dedicated to Hughes.


8. Hot Tub Time Machine

John Cusack worked with Hughes on Sixteen Candles, and in 2010 director Steve Pink paid homage to that movie’s closing scene in Hot Tub Time Machine.


7. Dogma

Jay and Silent Bob are on a quest to find the town of Shermer, Illinois – the fictional locale used by John Hughes for many of his films.


6. Easy A

This 2010 Emma Stone vehicle rips whole pages out of the Hughes playbook, so it’s not surprising that protagonist Olive namechecks Hughes and his movies on multiple occasions.

5. Godzilla

Matthew Broderick starred in this disappointing 1998 reboot of the Japanese monster franchise, but made at least one scene fun by lip-synching “Danke Schoen” from Ferris Bueller in an elevator.


4. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

Based on a young adult novel by Ned Vizzini, this 2010 flick set in a psychiatric hospital has a scene that’s a direct homage to the hallway bit in The Breakfast Club.


3. Austin Powers in Goldmember

The bit with the mole in the third Austin Powers movie is a direct homage to the scene with the school principal’s wart in Uncle Buck.


2. Night of the Living Dorks

German zombie-nerd comedy Night Of The Living Dorks features a scene straight out of Weird Science when the protagonists open a door onto a wild party.


1. Not Another Teen Movie

This one skirts the line between homage and parody, but it wouldn’t exist without John Hughes. Hell, the high school in the flick is named John Hughes High!


Take a trip to Shermer, IL this Saturday with Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Uncle Buck and Weird Science airing all day on IFC.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…