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Thursday, August 06, 2009

"But I know a good kid when I see one..."

John Hughes, RIP

As a tribute, here's one of my all-time favourite movie speeches (written by Hughes) and delivered by the great John Candy to his niece's gargoyle-faced school principal in Uncle Buck.

"I don't think I want to know a six-year-old who isn't a dreamer, or a sillyheart. And I sure don't want to know one who takes their student career seriously. I don't have a college degree. I don't even have a job. But I know a good kid when I see one. Because they're ALL good kids, until dried-out, brain-dead skags like you drag them down and convince them they're no good. You so much as scowl at my niece, or any other kid in this school, and I hear about it, I'm coming looking for you! Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face! Good day to you, madam."


Anonymous said...

I loved 'The Breakfast Club' and 'Pretty in Pink', lovely Molly Ringwald. Oh my lost youth.

Such a shame he died. I feel old.

Declan Cashin said...

He was so young. It's quite touching to see the response from everyone to the news

Anonymous said...

I only found out when I checked your blog, which usually cheers me up. But at least I know now.

Keep on blogging anyway, you have your finger on the cultural pulse of the world. (I can't believe I wrote that last sentence, oh well)...

Declan Cashin said...

Haha, thanks for that. I've been a bit neglectful of it of late, but trying to get back into it more!