The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club
Directed and written by John Hughes
(number 377)

Breakfast Club came out the year after 16 Candles, so Molly Ringwald and John Hughes were already big I think. This film is essentially a box – all five main characters are trapped in a room with the antagonist teacher who is clearly shown to be just as bored about being there as the kids. There’s only one other character – the janitor and although they’re credited, the parents who are in the cars are pretty negligible really.

There are so many iconic moments in this movie: the dance sequence, Alison stealing Bender’s knife, the moves in the dance sequence, the rawness of the sharing family secrets in the pot circle, the quirky girl makeover to make her beautiful to the jock, Bender sneaking through the vents and of course punching the air at the end of the movie.

I’m kind of fine with the makeover sequence and I think it’s because I find makeovers pretty fun. Plus it’s really easy to imagine given the chemistry between the two actors that once she was done with Alison’s make up Claire kissed her and they made out. It was like a warm up before she went to find Bender and sent Alison to wow Andrew.

Does it make me love the people? Yeah, definitely. Big favourites are Alison and Bender but you definitely care about the others as well. Brian’s revelation that he was contemplating suicide is very intense but also kind of handled brilliantly. The others just sort of point out how silly it is to kill yourself over grades and you kind of get the idea that he’s been accepted as well as realising that he has so much of his life ahead of him. Well, I hope that’s what happened anyway.

Bechdel test: Yes, Alison and Claire talk about sex and whether or not they’ve had it. It includes the gorgeous and horribly still true double standard teen girls are put up to:

Claire Standish: Look, I’m not going to discuss my private life with total strangers.
Allison Reynolds: It’s kind of a double edged sword isn’t it?
Claire Standish: A what?
Allison Reynolds: Well, if you say you haven’t, you’re a prude. If you say you have you’re a slut. It’s a trap. You want to but you can’t, and when you do you wish you didn’t, right?

They also talk about make up during the makeover and eye each other up right before it.

Best lines:

Andrew: We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.

Bender: Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place.

Bender: Hey, how come Andrew gets to get up? If he gets up, we’ll all get up, it’ll be anarchy.

State of Mind: Fun every time, I really like the everything in this film. It’s a classic for a reason, great music, awesome acting and relatable characters.

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