Category Archives: 1985

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Saturday, March 24,1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. 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. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.

— Brian Johnson

Flipping through the channels yesterday afternoon, I caught John Hughes’ classic teen angst flick, The Breakfast Club. Learning about Hughes’ death had me filled with more emotions than ever that the world never get another love letter to the teenager anymore. Rewatching this movie triggered memories of my times in high school, the good and the bad.

Five teens from different cliques are forced to come together in Saturday detention. At the beginning of their “sentence”, the opposites clash in some unsuspecting ways. The principal, Mr. Vernon (Paul Gleason) keeps tabs on them from his office; the jock Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the brain Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), the rebel Bender (Judd Nelson), the princess Claire (Molly Ringwald) and the basketcase Alison (Ally Sheedy).

Most of the action takes place in the library of the school. They are in an unnatural situation. They are forced to interact with each other, which they don’t normally do during school hours. The group tries different ways to break the conformities of their perspective cliques. They realized that whoever they are, what clique they come from or what home life they have; they have tthe same problems as everyone else. Over the course of their time together, friendships are made, rivalries emerge and love comes in unexpected ways.

Anybody that was in high school or currently attending can related to the themes of pressure from your teachers, parents and friends. The feeling of isolation, being misunderstood, being judged, being ostracized by your peers.

If you haven’t seen this movie — first of all, what’s your major malfunction and second, watch this movie for Andrew’s monologue about why he was sent to detention. That is very powerful. It rocks me to the core every time. When they song, “Don’t You Forget About Me” comes on at the end gets me. The soundtrack rocks.

Judgment: This is a testament of what it’s like to be a teenager then and now. This movie is transcendant.

Rating: *****

Weird Science (1985)

This is one of John Hughes’ films that absolutely loved when I was a kid, besides “Breakfast Club”, “Pretty in Pink”, “Sixteen Candles”, and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. I always watched this movie when it was showing on the WB a couple of years ago.

Encore was doing their 80s weekend. I saw that Weird Science was coming on and I was excited. It’s been a while since I saw this movie unedited, uncensored. I still love this movie. I idenify with the dorky guy trying to fit in the crowd.

I loved this film so much that I even saw the TV show that was playing a couple of years ago.

Watching this again I was quite annoyed with the voice of Wyatt, played by Ilan Mitchell-Smith. It was screechy and whiny.

Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Lisa (Kelly LeBrock) were great. I quoted Lisa’s lines. I know that I’m a total dork. Can you blame me?

This was probably the first time that I could remember that Bill Paxton did not have his signature monotone delivery to his dialogue. It was quite refreshing.

Robert Downey, Jr. makes an appearance here.

I realize that the plot is absurd, but it’s stupidly fun. Classic John Hughes.

My ratings: *** stars.

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