Maybe “sitting on” isn’t a good description.
” I thought of it back in February and never did anything else about it” better sums it up.
I want a John Hughes museum to come to Chicago.
That’s about it.
I haven’t done anything more than saying it out loud.
Oh, and I went on Kickstarter and looked at the website.
And talking to my friends Kari, Vikki, and Melisa about it.
But someone COUGH Melisa COUGH is too “busy” to help me stalk former Brat Pack celebrities to get on the cause.
In her defense, she really is busy.
He is from the Chicago area, he wrote and centered most of his films in the Chicago area and he is laid to rest here in the suburbs.
So why is he not being honored here?
In the Chicago metro area, there is a button museum, a museum about money, yes, money.
Even a stained glass window museum but no museum honoring the creative genius behind such movies as Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Does no one else think this is an injustice?
AM I THE ONLY PERSON THAT THINKS THIS IS JUST WRONG??
Because he seems like he would be just feisty enough to stir up a shit storm in Hollywood to get this project started.
Pull a John Bender and throw a chair at a party in Burbank…do they have even have parties in Burbank??
And be all WHY IS THERE NO JOHN HUGHES MUSEUM YOU CRUSTY HOLLYWOOD TYPES?!?!
All while having a lit cigarette hanging out of his mouth, a bourbon in his hand and ripping pages out of a book.
OMG, he is STILL hot.
Here are my ten reasons why we need a John Hughes museum in Chicago.
We live in a time and place where a reality show teen is showing other teenage girls how to enlarge their lips with a shot glass.
People have invented a contraption that can extend a pole to take a picture….of themselves.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO US?
Yet the man who created movies that gave teenagers a voice in movies that still speak to an entirely different generation to this very day, isn’t being honored in some way, shape or form?
But we can take a picture of ourselves in front of the Portillo’s on West Ontario.
Whatever happened to those underpants?
The table that Jake and Samantha made a wish on?
Andie’s prom dress?
Or Ferris Bueller’s clarinet?
Wouldn’t you pay, oh I don’t know, say, 15 bucks admission or so to see all those things and more?
The original Breakfast Club screenplay was recently found in a cabinet in a suburban Chicago high school.
All willy-nilly in a cabinet.
Like you do.
THIS IS HUGE, PEOPLE!
LIKE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME!
WE NEED A DAMN MUSEUM!
Think of the amazing food court we could have inside the museum because HELLO CHICAGO.
We could even offer food that was represented in the movies!
Uncle Buck’s pancakes!
Home Alone pizza!
Wet sandwiches from Vacation!
Yeah, maybe not a good idea…
IS THIS WHERE WE GET TO WALK INTO THE PROM PIMPED OUT IN REALLY COOL CLOTHES AND MAKEUP TO A KILLER SOUNDTRACK AND THEIR MOUTHS DROP OPEN?!?!?!?!
Did that slip out?
Back to the list.
Duckie would want it this way because he could ride his bike there from his cool loft in Chinatown.
Whilst wearing his duck shoes.
OK, I need to get something out.
I COULD NOT STAND Duckie in that movie.
And neither could you.
We have this weird 80’s amnesia-like thing going on that is making us all lovey on him that is driving me BONKERS.
He was all needy and weirdly stalker-like in that movie AND YOU KNOW IT.
It wasn’t until the last scene at the prom that he got so amazingly HOT that you fall in love with Duckie.
Even Jon Cryer is on my side on this one.
But I bet we could get one Jon Cryer to come to the red carpet opening of the museum.
Because he has a book to plug now.
Of course, he wouldn’t be wearing the shoes because the shoes would be IN the museum!!!
And you know you want to pay to see those shoes.
We could offer cool side tours in addition to the museum that will take tourists and locals alike to the movie locations and homes that were used in the movies.
Hollywood doesn’t hold all the titles for movie making, Chicago holds its own when it comes to cinema history and has many cool places to show off.
Almost all of John Hughes movies were shot right here.
The entire Breakfast Club movie was shot in the Chicago suburbs.
Uncle Buck, Ferris Bueller, She’s Having a Baby, Home Alone, Sixteen Candles and more.
If we lined up tours of each movie along with cool places to eat along the way, wouldn’t you pay to do something like that?
And if I could get Vince Vaughn to stand at the front of the bus with a microphone wearing a Blackhawks jersey using a really strong Chicargo accent, I know you would pay.
…..need to find Judd Nelson’s number……..he’s got to be in the white pages………Nelson, Nelson……
We have two airports now.
Plus there’s always Milwaukee.
You won’t ever have to worry about not landing here again.
Unless we get really bad weather.
But that hardly EVER happens.
The museum would be a great field trip museum.
We could even do this:
For old times sake.
You do make a difference, I say, to anyone from ages 0- 100, who feel like they don’t fit into the box society places them in.
A museum like this would be a great tribute to a really cool guy but also someone who didn’t fit into societal roles and didn’t want you to either.
Think about everyone you know who loved John Hughes movies in high school, college, middle school, now.
Were you in one of the groups listed above?
John Hughes was relatable to everyone.
And 25 years later, his work is still relatable.
That to me is a talent that we should feel honored to see in our lifetime and that is why I want to work hard to honor that in my lifetime.
So if you want a museum in YOUR lifetime that honors the man that created the movies that formed a generation, please help me.
Because I have no idea where to start.
But Judd, if you happen to read this, call me.
* I wrote a screenplay about starting a John Hughes Museum in Chicago because I am too lazy to start a museum but not lazy enough to write a 30 scene play about it. Head here for all the details.