Monday, February 10, 2014

Movie Monday: The Breakfast Club


For some reason, I made it until last year without having seen this movie. I know, I know, it's a total travesty. And yet, the fact remains. Obviously, I immediately fell in love with it, as is the case with most John Hughes movies.
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Reasons why The Breakfast Club is awesome:
1. Molly Ringwald. She's just fabulous.
2. The soundtrack.
3. Dance parties.
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4. Emilio Estevez. Brilliant from start to finish.
5. Claire's lipstick trick.
6. Judd Nelson. Apparently he was kind of an asshat on the set, but he's still incredible.
7. Handraising in unison.
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8. Whistling the Colonel Bogey March.
9. Anthony Michael Hall. He looks about twelve years old, but he's fantastic.
10. The explanations of why they're all in detention. Especially considering a lot of it was ad libbed.
11. Ally Sheedy. AMAZING.
12. Allison's lunch. I mean, a sandwich of Pixie Stix and Cap'n Crunch? Come on.
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13. Bender falling through the ceiling.
14. Paul Gleason. As with Ferris Bueller's Day Off, sometimes a douchey teacher makes a John Hughes movie complete.
15. It's directed by John Hughes
16. Trying to get back to the library without running into Mr. Vernon.
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17. Carl the janitor. He's brilliant.
18. Sushi for lunch. In 1985.
19. Trying to prop the door open with a chair.
20. Makeovers.
21. The ending. Especially now that it adds reminders of Pitch Perfect.
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Plus, the following quotes:
- "Any questions?" "Yeah, I got a question. Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?"
- "Sweets, you couldn't ignore me if you tried."
- "What's that?" "Sushi." "Sushi?" "Rice, raw fish, and seaweed." "You won't accept a guy's tongue in your mouth, and you're going to eat that?"
- "Being bad feels pretty good, huh?"
- "We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all."
- "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 an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms, in 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."
- "If you say you haven't, you're a prude. If you say you have you're a slut. It's a trap."
- "What do you need a fake I.D. for?" "So I can vote."
- "Well, in physics we...we talk about physics, properties of physics." "So it's sorta social. Demented and sad, but social. Right?"
- "Are you gonna be, like, a shopping bag lady?"
- "I don't have to runaway and live in the street. I can runaway and I can go to the ocean, I can go to the country, I can go to the mountains. I could go to Israel, Africa, Afghanistan."
- "Remember how you said your parents use you to get back at each other? Wouldn't I be OUTSTANDING in that capacity?"

So. What do you think?

K xx

14 comments:

  1. The physics club line is so accurate that it always cracks me up - and I speak as someone who was IN the physics club (in college...).

    Love the Breakfast Club.

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    1. Maybe we should move onto teen movies when we run out of Hugh Grant movies...

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  2. Love this movie. It really is one of my favorite movies and will always hold a special place in my heart, as all John Hughes movies do. I'm so glad you decided to watch it, I think everyone needs to watch it at least once.

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    1. I honestly don't know how it took me so long to get around to watching it, I really don't. It's magical.

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  3. Such a fantastic movie! What I also love is that the teenagers I used to work with LOVED this movie. They even requested it for one of my movie Bible studies. Here we are about 30 years (give or take a few) later and it's still relateable and brilliant. That shows how brilliant it is.

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    1. Really? That's awesome. I've heard about teenagers who are all "Mean Girls? That sounds dumb", so knowing that kids still relate to this 30 years later is fabulous.

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  4. I am honestly shocked you lived so much of your life without seeing this movie!! It is one of the most brilliant films ever made. I LOVE it so much. I agree with every single one of your points. You hit everything right on the nose. Whenever I hear the song Don't You Forget About Me I always have to go home and watch this movie. It's a great feel good movie. *sigh* I could go on and on. I will watch this movie over and over for the rest of my life.

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    1. It's funny that it's a feel good movie (I totally agree, BTW) when it's really quite depressing that these kids all have such crappy parents...

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  5. I just can't believe you didn't see this until recently. I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH. Just looking at the gifs makes me want to get it out and re-watch it. Amazing movie. My favorite Huges movie.

    Interesting note: I got a new hoody for Christmas and I keep playing with the hood strings. Which always makes me feel like Emilio Esteves (sp?)

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    1. I play with my hoodie strings all the time too. I think Ferris Bueller is still my favourite Hughes movie, but this is a close second.

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  6. I also made it until last year (or maybe the tail end of 2012) without seeing this movie. In fact, when I went to see "Pitch Perfect" with my then roommate and older sister and the scene came on, I said quietly, "You know...I don't think I've ever seen that movie." My then roommate gasped SUPER LOUD right in the middle of the theatre and EVERYBODY look at me. So yea. I've seen it now.

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  7. This is one of those movies that I've watched for as long as I can remember and then every year in my teens, I'd realize a new piece of information about it. "Wait. What is talking about in the car and her jeans...?" "Wait. What is happening in this movie?!?!?!"

    I don't know why I was allowed to watch this at a young age. But by college, it was my favorite movie.

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    1. I totally have movies that I loved as a kid and over time, I've been like "......................why was I allowed to watch this at the age I was?!?!?". So yeah, I hear you.

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