Saturday, April 18, 2009

80s Awesomeness! ~ 7

Which one are you?

John Hughes is the teen movie god. Nothing that comes out today can even hold a flickering match to what Hughes created in the 80s with movies like The Breakfast Club.

John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the decade. Trapped in a day-long Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess (Molly Ringwald); Andrew, the jock (Emilio Estevez); John, the criminal (Judd Nelson); Brian, the brain (Anthony Michael Hall); and Allison, the basket case (Ally Sheedy). These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school caste system. Yet the students bond together when faced with the villainous principal (Paul Gleason), and they realize that they have more in common than they may think, including a contempt for adult society. "When you grow up, your heart dies," Allison proclaims in one of the film's many scenes of soul-searching, and, judging from the adults depicted in the film, the teen audience may very well agree. Released in a decade overflowing with derivative teen films, The Breakfast Club has developed an almost cult-like status. Dylan Wilcox, All Movie Guide
I loved this movie so much I even had the opening quote of the movie, an excerpt from David Bowie's song "Changes" as my senior quote:

And these children
That you spit on
As they try to change their world
Are immune to your consultations.
They're quite aware of what they're going through.

And who could forget the letter they wrote to the principal at the end?
Dear Mr. Vernon,

We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong but we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us. In the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.

Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours,

The Breakfast Club


sharonanne said...

haha isn't it weird how we both do cartoons or movies at the time same time each week? weird!I always loved the basket case Allison

Sonja Nitschke said...

Oh, I love this movie. Allison and John were my favorites.

Anonymous said...

Awesome soundtrack. THE movie of the 80s!

Donna said...

LOL, I know Sharon! I was really afraid that you were going to do The Breakfast Club too! We have a mind meld going on or something.

John was my favorite, without a doubt. I so heart Judd Nelson. Still do.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh, how I love this movie. It's amazing. I believe my favorite would have to be Brian. <3

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