My Favorite Movies #69 – The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club - Poster 2The Breakfast Club

1985

Directed by John Hughes

Netflix says… In writer-director John Hughes’s seminal 1980s Brat Pack film, the athlete (Emilio Estevez), the brain (Anthony Michael Hall), the criminal (Judd Nelson), the princess (Molly Ringwald) and the basket case (Ally Sheedy) break through the social barriers of high school during Saturday detention. The disparate group clashes at first but begin to bond as they reveal their feelings and find a common enemy in their bully principal (Paul Gleason).

  • No one eats breakfast in this movie. Ever.
  • They don’t even mention breakfast or traditional breakfast foods.
  • We do get a quote from David Bowie’s “Changes”, but not the actual song. That’s disappointing.
  • Y’all, this is a great movie. If you haven’t seen it, see it.
  • It is quintessential 80s.
  • Judging by some of the movie’s content, though, I wonder if it’s a movie that could be made today.
  • Not that I’m suggesting a remake.
  • Do you hear me Hollywood?! Keep your grubby remake/reboot happy hands off this movie!
  • And stay away from Ferris Bueller, too. He’s been through enough.
  • BTW… Ferris goes to the same school (Shermer High) as these kids.
  • Brian’s mom’s car has the license plate EMC 2… never noticed that before.
  • A Saturday in detention. Do schools offer this as a consequence anymore? Or has it been deemed too difficult for kids to endure? Like so many consequences that our school systems were once allowed to dish out, is it now too harsh to force kids to show up at school on a Saturday?
  • I first saw this movie when I was taking psychology during my senior year of high school.
  • Or maybe it was sociology.
  • Anyway, the teacher showed the version she recorded off of TBS. So all the cussing was dubbed out.
  • It’s better with the cussing.
  • These characters’ interactions are priceless.
  • And there are so many memorable lines. Not necessarily the kind of movie that you quote back and forth with your friends, but it’s fun to throw a Breakfast Club quote on social media just to see who gets it.
  • I wish I could remember in which class I first saw this.
  • Did we watch it for the characters’ introspection displayed throughout the movie or did we watch it for the way they interact with one another?
  • I think Emilio Estevez and Kevin Bacon learned how to rage dance in the same place.
  • Either that or that’s just how guys danced in the 80s.
  • If you haven’t seen The Breakfast Club, add it to your list. It’s not my absolute favorite John Hughes movie. That one’s coming up later on the list.

Looking ahead at the next couple weeks, we’re diving into scary movie territory! Come back next Monday for the slasher classic Halloween.

8 thoughts on “My Favorite Movies #69 – The Breakfast Club

        • Huh… That’s a good question. It may just be personal preference. It may just be that I’ve watched The Breakfast Club about a dozen more times over the years than I’ve seen either of the others. If I’m ranking those three Molly Ringwald movies, it goes The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, then Pretty in Pink. As for why Pretty in Pink comes in dead last, I just never really liked it. I don’t care much for young James Spader, though maybe I’m not supposed to because he plays high school jerk to perfection. And I really can’t stand Jon Cryer.

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        • All good reasons! I had sixteen candles on my Netflix and some of the high school students I work with had to watch it last year so I watched the middle part about 3 times haha! But never the whole thing all at once

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