"His universe of nerds and jocks, socialites and misfits, rockers and rebels – not to mention overbearing principals, clueless teachers and absentee parents – also influenced a generation of movie-goers and -makers, versing them in a common language of pop culture idioms that persists decades on. "Mess with the bull, get the horns."
He made a star of quirky girls - as embodied by Ms. Ringwald in Pretty in Pink and 16 Candles (and Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club) - and charmingly cocky, off-center boys, like Matthew Broderick’s character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off."
ps. You must read this rad article from a 1985 issue of New York magazine about the brat pack