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What The? (And A Totally Rad Giveaway)

UPDATE: Dee B is the proud new owner of a Long Duk Dong T-shirt! Thanks for playing everyone. More reader appreciation giveaways are in the pipeline!

I don't want to freak you out or anything but we just registered Violet for Catholic pre-school.

I'll give you a minute to wipe off your monitor...

I know. Surprising. But if you click over here and read A Godless Heathen's Prayers For Her Daughter I'll explain why and also break down exactly what I want to teach my daughter about spirituality and religion. In addition to worhiping at the altar of 80's John Hughes flicks, that is... I mean, I may be a Godless heathen but I'm no dummy.

GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment (including your email) telling me your favorite John Hughes movie and you are entered to win this totally radical Long Duk Dong T-shirt, size L (based on American Apparel sizing chart.)

Reader Comments (42)

Sixteen Candles, because this - - and because this - - and because young John Cusack.
I think other John Hughes movies might be *better*, technically speaking, but I never identified with anyone in a movie like I identified with Sam.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Acquaviva

Sixteen Candles by far. I used to even act out the movie with my My Little Ponies! I still watch it every time it's on, and quote it more often than I should. :)

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelli G.

The Breakfast Club. Because of Ally Sheedy's "snow" on her drawing. Because of Molly Ringwald's exposure to others. Because of Emilio's awesomeness. Because it brought together so many amazing and different people and changed peoples' minds.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNoelle


'Vacation' because the way Chevy Chase says "RRRRrrrreal tomato ketchup, Eddie?" is epic. And the Planes Trains and Automobiles because "those aren't pillows!" still dissolves me into a fit of childish giggles.

I guess the real question should be which John Hughes movie is NOT your favorite, to which I say: Maid in Manhattan.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Acquaviva

How could I even POSSIBLY just pick one?! John Hughes seemed to be writing the story of my life! But alas, if I had to pick, I would say Sixteen Candles.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFanannie

Oh, Sixteen Candles, is by far the most superior. Though, really I love them all!

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

Sixteen Candles, of course. It's a little raw and unfocused compared to his later flicks, but that's partly what I love about it. It has a handcrafted feel and, absurd as it is, it better reflects my own high school experiences than, say, The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller. And Anthony Michael Hall cracks me up in every scene he's in...

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjason

I loooove The Breakast Club, but Sixteen Candles will always hold a soft spot for me because my name is also Samantha. :) it's a tradition to watch it on my birthday each year!

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

Some Kind Of Wonderful.... when they're getting ready for the big date at the end, and his friend gets Eric Stoltz and Amanda Jones into the museum (because his dad was the janitor) and then it finally hits him that it is Watts who he really loves!!! Love that movie!

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBonnieLee

Sixteen Candles of course! That's always been my top favorite. I've watched it so many times yet never seem to get sick of it. Where do you find shirts like that? If I don't win...I want to buy one! HA!

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy S (OH)

The Breakfast Club

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Maizy from Uncle Buck...such an awesome little girl!!

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMomma Knight

16 Candles of course! but if you pick me, I'll have you send it to my sister who will rock the size L better than me :)

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

My favorite John Hughes movie is Some Kind of Wonderful

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Pretty in Pink FTW. Who can resist Duckie?

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee B.

Curly sue!

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

I am not sure how you pick just one, can I still win if I don't name a favorite?

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkacy

Ferris Bueller's Day Off - one of my top five favorite movies of all time. :)

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth B

DEFINITELY "Sixteen Candles." Reason No. 1: Jake Ryan. Reasons 2-Infinity: She's not ugly, she's just...void. Now Carolyn, she's a wo-man! Yeah, you. Make a wish, Samantha. We don't need to let everyone know she's gotten her period! My sister's kind of out of it...just a little bit. Oh, I need a drink. The Donger need food! Lake...big lake! Hair-cutting scene. I don't want to stay here! I want to go home with you guys! Water fountain scene. The bus. Female extra terrestrial?

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate

The Breakfast Club - watched it more times than I can count.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

It's a tie between Sixteen Candles (hello, teenage angst at its finest!) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Now That's A Hard Choice To Make ! But After Due Consideration (All Of About 3 Seconds) I Would Have To Say My All Time Favorite John Hughes Movie Is "Weird Science" (A Lot Of That Is Thanks To Kelly LeBrock ! What Can I Say, I Am A Guy ! ) My Second Choice Is "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" And My Third Choice is "Flubber" ! John Wrote / Directed / Produced So Many Good Movies That I Couldn't Leave It Just One Choice !

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrett

Hands down, mine is the Breakfast Club although Sixteen Candles is a close second - I even have that same Jake Ryan shirt and wore it when I met Jen Lancaster for the first time! It looks way cuter on Violet though!

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

Oh, Ferris Bueller's Day Off of course. But then, they're all good aren't they!

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarty

My all time favorite John Hughes movie is Ferris Bueller's Day Off! My husband and I bought it for our kids (12 and 14 at the time) and they love it too....and an added bonus, when their teachers reference the movie in class THEY GET IT!!! Beuller......Beuller......

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Sixteen Candles. Jake Ryan. Dining room table. The end.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

Tie between The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. If ya hog-tied me, I guess I'd go with Sixteen Candles, because: "Dong, where is my auto-mo-bile?"

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Love the Breakfast Club "Smoke up Johnny Boy" ( Monica and her brothers can recite every word of that movie) But "Some Kind of Wonderful" Is my ultimate. First time I saw it I bawled my head off when 'Watts' was leaving, sobbing, walking down the street and 'Keith' realized she was the one afterall. Watched them both at least 20 times.

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermama

I mean who can pick just one? But I think Pretty in Pink. I mean who can resist duckie besides andy?

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVia

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February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

LOVE love LOVE, "Pretty in Pink"... I love Ducky and the ugly prom dress she makes for herself in the end.... I could watch it a million times and still enjoy it!

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

We just introduced our kids to Ferris Beuller's Day Off last weekend, but I must say that my favorite has got to be Breakfast Club. I can't tell you how many times I've seen that one!

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSara

The Breakfast Club because I married my very own Bender without the freaky Dad relationship in his past. :)

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicole B

The Breakfast Club. I was a communications major in college and this movie was part of the curriculum for not one but two classes. I never get tired of it or any of his movies. Thanks!

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

Okay, I had to get the list to be absolutely sure, My all time favorite is Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Email:

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergina

Sixteen Candles

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterniobe19

"Yeah. Mallied!"

One of my favorite scenes ever.

Favorite Hughes movie? "Some Kind Of Wonderful".

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterelleroy

the Breakfast Club!

February 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterashley

I really don't think you're going to get what you want from sending Violet to Catholic school... I think it will either have no effect because she is too young, or confuse her and give her ideas about what is 'good' / 'right' that differ from what she is hearing from you, which could lead to problems down the road. But, I have often been wrong in this life, and it is highly possible, in fact I would say almost certain, that I am projecting my own experiences (of going to a religious school and being raised in an irreligious home). Your goals are good, but theirs are different. Seriously, check out the Unitarian Universalists. They are actually invested in teaching her what you want, whereas I suspect the staff of a Catholic school are invested in teachingher something very different.

February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

That was horribly written, I am sorry. I am beyond tired. Please look past the crappily organized points!

February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

It has to be The Breakfast Club. It reminds me of my college days.

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Roberts

The breakfast club!

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWolfie

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