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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read on a niche topic, 11 Nov 2011
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P. Stoller (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation (Paperback)
This is a hugely enjoyable book about a widely loved era of filmmaking. Gora includes great interviews with most of the actors involved in these movies, those who starred repeatedly (Molly Ringwald), to those who made a single brief appearance (Long Duk Dong from Sixteen Candles).

The book is far from just a retelling of history, it also provides a keen insight into the workings of the movie industry and concludes with a terrific chapter about the legacy of the movies in current popular culture.

Gora expertly portrays the bittersweetness at looking back on this period. While it's certainly a book by which to indulge yourself in a huge helping of nostalgia, it brilliantly denotes the sense of loss experienced by the actors (some more than others) following the conclusion of the era at the end of the 80s, the weakening of the friendships, the lack of work for many. It also takes a well balanced approach to its appreciation of Hughes, recognising the superb talent but not papering over the cracks in his professional character.

Strongly recommended to anyone who has enjoyed these films.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for an 80s movie fan, 23 Jun 2012
This review is from: You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation (Paperback)
I'm a huge fan of 80s movies, especially those by John Hughes so I found this book very compelling and interesting. I initially found the way the author interspersed the narrative with snippets of interviews quite annoying, but did get used to it.

The cover made me laugh, as some of the illustrations look nothing like the actors (Cusack in particular).

But overall, an excellent book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the 80s?, 31 Dec 2012
This review is from: You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation (Paperback)
Must have if your fanatical about the late legend John Hughes! A delightful read that's full of interesting facts x
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4.0 out of 5 stars for fans only, 6 Sep 2014
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L. Jenkins (luton) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation (Paperback)
more for fans of Brat Pack films and John Hughes rather than someone with a passing interest
very informative, new information and interviews with most of the stars of the films
I really enjoyed it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Sep 2014
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