This week, I’m going old school.
(The trailer doesn’t do it justice)
Although it premiered over two decades ago, The Breakfast Club is as relevant today as it was in 1985. It’s timeless. It’s thought provoking. Its unique display of teenage angst and versatility is truly unparalleled. In other words, it rocks.
With great quotes, relatable characters and one kick-ass song (Simple Minds’ Don’t You Forget About Me), there is a reason that it is probably one of the most referenced movies of all time. Family Guy, Futurama, The Simpsons, heck even Lizzie McGuire and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody have referenced the movie at some point (I’m almost embarrassed to know that).
If you haven’t seen the movie, I suggest you go forth and buy it immediately.
If you have seen it, don’t be intimidated by its greatness. Not many movies, or directors for that matter, (John Hughes is the man) could reference such serious topics and still convey such an uplifting message: “We’re more alike than we realize,” said Anthony Michael Hall, who plays Brian Johnson, “the brain.”
In fact, the movie delves into topics such as “sex, drugs, abuse, suicide, and the need to belong to something,” as put by Entertainment Weekly when they named Breakfast Club the best high school movie of all time.
It remains to be one of the few movies that acknowledges that when it comes to teenagers, there is so much more than meets the eye. It brings an entire population of cliquey, misunderstood individuals together by pointing out that they are all “neo-maxi-zoom-dweebies,” and so much more.
So, my comrades, I thank you for taking this trip back in time with me, and I leave you with this:
“Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did 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…
…and a criminal…
Does that answer your question?
… Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”