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Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Slate
Slate (8 March 2010)

“That long reel of John Hughes clips—by any reasonable standard, way too long, but to those in our demographic it felt appropriate—was indeed the evening’s tempus fugit moment, especially when the curtain parted to reveal a Greek pantheon of faded Brat Pack youth: Jon Cryer, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy. “When you grow up, your heart dies,” Ally says in a clip from The Breakfast Club. Whether you hear that line as one that ironizes adolescent self-pity or lionizes it, to scan the faces of those middle-aged actors was to confirm that when you grow up, your collagen tissue dies and takes with it your roseate bloom of precocious gawkiness. Take heed, O viewers yet to feel time’s scythe, and gather ye Ringwalds while ye may.”


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