Wow. The Breakfast Club. What can I say? This was one of the first movies that I could identify with as a teenager. Not that I was ever in detention, but if I was I could totally see being there with this group of kids. I would have probably been a cross between the two characters played by Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy: artistic and quiet, but yet able to apply my lip liner impressively while it was stuck inside of my bra. For specific details, please see the movie.
Anyway, this film from 1985 was a product of the highly celebrated director John Hughes. He was my teenage hero. He had an uncanny ability to magically tell stories about the real problems of adolescence in a way that made kids feel empowered, understood and vindicated.
“The Breakfast Club” is a story about a bunch of kids who would otherwise never know each other in the busy halls of their large high school. From all walks of life they are united in their fate…to spend a Saturday morning in detention under the watchful eye of a bumbling high school principal. Of course the kids immediately become the heroes as they do what they can to sneak around, rebel and break free from their weekend day jail.
The audience cheers as they find out what each of the characters have in common with each other, and how they are all alike. Starting as misunderstood enemies, we see their walls crumble as friendships form and personal hardships are revealed. To top it off, this movie was set to a soundtrack of incredible proportions. Thank you, Simple Minds.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this movie. I couldn’t even guess. All I can say is that twenty some-odd years later I’m getting chills right now as I recall the emotional impact this movie left on me. If you’ve never seen it, please do so immediately. It isn’t just a movie for kids, it’s a movie for uniting people who feel like they are square nails being pounded into round holes. And for people who like awesome eighties music.