Krasinski and Poehler, dressed as "Pretty in Pink" best friends Duckie and Andie, recalled what made Hughes such a legendary and unique director. Poehler wore Andie's homemade pink prom dress, while Krasinski donned Duckie's famous fedora and blazer.
"To call anyone the voice of a generation sounds overblown and cliché," Poehler said. "It's hard to think of a filmmaker who made so many movies so many of us know by heart."
Recalling the memorable lines from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," she added, "When we watch a John Hughes movie, we learn that life moves pretty fast. It's hard to find anyone not moved or defined by John Hughes. John Hughes, we thank you for everything,"
"And we miss you," Krasinski chimed in before a montage of Hughes' most-loved films played, including scenes from "Pretty in Pink," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Uncle Buck," "The Breakfast Club" and "Home Alone."
Death Cab for Cutie closed out the tribute with their own spin on the classic "Breakfast Club" anthem "Don't You (Forget About Me)," originally performed by Simple Minds, as classic images from Hughes' now-iconic films played in the background.
"John Hughes was very much a captain of our youthful revolution," Death Cab drummer Jason McGerr told MTV News before the show. "Every movie he has ever made is ingrained in our brains, and 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' is a song we all fell in love with."
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