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The yuppie was in nice cars were ideal working hard was a necessity and a given and nothing was more enjoyable than making money except maybe spending it Money and material were the trademarks of the 1980s the decade of temporary prosperity Adults bought huge houses cruised vast oceans and threw wild parties Cocaine made its debut and the divorce rate was at its highest But what were the kids doing during all this insanity To explore teenage life one must turn from the orthodox sociological books or magazines to another type of media the movies In his films writer director and producer John Hughes explored the world of the eighties teenagers In the films The Breakfast Club and Ferris Buellers Day Off Hughes focuses on the pressures and conformities of the white middle class adolescent He depicts life in the 1980s very accurately by comically mocking the social order ambiguously revealing the socially acceptable roles of women and by presenting stories through the eyes of a group of people who are usually looked over when discussing the 1980s teenagers In his movies Hughes pokes fun at the American social order In Hughes movies characters who are traditionally at the top of the social hierarchy wealthy white-collar Caucasians are written to be ignorant gullible and imprudent In Ferris Buellers Day Off Bueller has missed nine days of school and his parents are completely oblivious Bueller plays sick for his parents in order to miss yet another day of school His line Incredible One of the worst performances of my career and they never doubted it for a second really displays the lack of respect he has for his parents intelligence Mr Rooney the schools principal and his assistant Grace are also portrayed in a similar light Ed Rooney spends the entire day trying to catch Bueller ditching because he is convinced that Bueller jeopardizes his ability to effectively govern this student body However even though
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