We’re All Pretty Bizarre. Some of Us Are Just Better at Hiding It

Posted: February 25, 2009 by kabenn03 in POP - pop culture
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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.

Family Guys take on the movie

Family Guy's take on the movie

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:

Saturday detention never seemed like this much fun

Saturday detention never seemed like this much fun

“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…

…a princess…

…and a criminal…

Does that answer your question?

… Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”

–Kelsey Bennett

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Comments
  1. Allie says:

    Great movie!! What makes it so great is that it is so realistic, and not just in terms of the high school circles. Everyone is unique and different in their own way, but in the end we’re actually a lot a like.

  2. Emily Pay says:

    Love love love. One of my favorite movies of all time. Brat Pack movies were just great in general. This one in particular though because you’re right – it still applies.

    and never be ashamed of disney channel knowledge… embrace it!

  3. Williams says:

    My favorite movie of all time. As you correctly state it is relatable to anyone who walked through the halls of a high school. The time period might as well be present because all of the issues of acceptance by peers, grades, athletics, drugs, and rebellion are current. Now more than ever society is concerned with how they are viewed, and we need to take a step back to see we are all a little insane. You don’t just relate to one character, each one possess a trait or experience that you have or have been through. I get chills each time I watch, and I’m getting just discussing it.

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