Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Breakfast Club

“We’re all pretty bizarre, some of us are just better (at) hiding it.”

Hey hey hey folks, I did some time traveling recently and was able to see “The Breakfast Club” on the big screen at Lagoon Cinema.

Okay, “recently” is a bit of a stretch. I wrote that intro almost a month ago and have since neglected to finish my post about the classic John Hughes film from 1985.

Thanks to some good old College Humor I was reminded to take time out of my bizzy day and finish what I started.

Even though my sink is full of dishes, there are stacks of magazines and books around my apartment that I need to read and my DVR is almost always 90 percent full, I know you all just need to know if “The Breakfast Club” is a film that holds up 28 years after its release.

You betcha.

The screening at the Lagoon was in July but I don’t remember the last time I saw the film before that.

This time around I was able to better appreciate Hughes’ script and the performances by Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall.

Hughes clearly had the ability to create characters and dialogue that transcend generations.

He’s the pen behind films my family watched constantly while I was growing up such as, “Mr. Mom,” “The Great Outdoors,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Uncle Buck.”

Then there are my two favorites, “Pretty in Pink” and “Sixteen Candles.”

Hughes had a part in creating so many classic films until he died in 2009, but certainly “The Brat Pack” titles stand out for a child of the 1980’s like myself.

Who does not want to stop what they’re doing right now and dance around like Claire Standish in knee-high suede boots to “We Are Not Alone?”

That character may be rich, popular, and selfish at times but put in a room with four different people she shows qualities underneath that, I think, we all can relate to.

The ultimate question in the film is if Claire, Andrew (Estevez), John  (Nelson), Brian (Hall), and Allison (Sheedy) would remain friends after their day of bonding during detention.

I’d personally like to think so.

But, even though the characters connect outside their stereotypes as a jock, nerd, outcast, prom queen, etc., it’s clear they’re not ready or able to let that show in front of anyone else.

Still Hughes ends the film in such a way the viewer can imagine Claire, John, Andrew, Allison and Brian giving each other high-fives in the hall and eating lunch together in the cafeteria if they want to.

“The Breakfast Club” is a film equally balanced with humor and heart as it is a social commentary from the 1980s that still applies today.

As I conclude and leave you to please go watch this film again, I need to know who will dress up as “The Breakfast Club” with me for Halloween. I call Claire.