Column: Why Ferris Bueller is our everyman

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress is a kind of hall of fame, a Cooperstown for important American films of every genre. “The Breakfast Club” just joined “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” another of John Hughes teen anthem picture, in the pantheon of America’s best.

Some people grow out of their teen-movie phase the way kids grow out of memorizing dinosaur names. But for Jason Diamond, who, like Hughes, was a child of the Chicago suburbs, the films resonate well beyond the hormonal roller-coaster of teendom. He set out to write a Hughes biography, but the book “Searching for John Hughes” turned into something else altogether – as did Diamond.

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