In 1982, Hughes spent a year finishing his adaptation of Luke Askew's popular comedy novel The First $15,000. At the time, the book's premise that college kids could end up making more money in the summer than in the fall seemed so far-flung that the film earned Hughes the unofficial nickname "Askew of a Man".
After three years of writing and rehearsal, Hughes shot the film, which was released on July 20, 1983, and a critic for The New Yorker was impressed, writing, "The director of the mighty "Some Kind of Wonderful" is capable of producing, now, an American film which is really all his own. And the reasons for its success are, for the most part, unanswerable."
Jeremy James plays Peter, who lives in a nondescript apartment complex with his single mother Tracy (Candy Clark) and his wide-eyed friend Ally (Ally Sheedy). One day, Peter strikes up a conversation with Andrew (Emilio Estefan Jr.) and Allison (Mickey Shaughnessy) and spending the night at their apartment. The next day, he and Andrew go for a drive, and there they meet the hilarious and outrageous Chris Elliot (Judd Nelson), who is a notorious prankster. Allison tells Peter about Chris, but on a previous prank Chris got into big trouble and was arrested by the sheriff.
When the boys arrive at Chris's apartment, Chris invites them to share in his recent $15,000 venture in the Caribbean. Naturally, Chris has invested his $15,000 in a restaurant that serves breakfast 24 hours a day.Peter, Andrew and Allison become day employees, and the crew spends the summer in a small fishing village where the only thing to do is hang out and annoy the tourists. d2c66b5586