The Breakfast Club

Following yesterday’s coming-of-age flick, I watched what is widely considered to be the best high school film of all time, directed by John Hughes.

Five of the eight Brat Pack members starred in this 1985 film, namely Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson (26 years old at the time), Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy (the other Brat Pack members were Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, and Demi Moore). They were all fantastic in their roles.

There was no real story to speak of, it just followed the group of students being held in detention on a Saturday for eight hours (I read on the interwebs that some schools in the U.S. have Saturday detention… harsh. I am not sure about eight hours part though, seems excessive). They get up to trouble of course, but as the film goes on they start to get all philosophical and start talking about their private problems to each other, and about how they hate their parents. Of course they were all different kinds of student. There was a rich girl (Molly Ringwald), a sports dude (Emilio Estevez), a science geek (Anthony Michael Hall), a troubled and kooky student (Ally Sheedy), and the obnoxious rebel (Judd Nelson).

Most of the film was shot in an actual school that had been closed since 1981, and was also used to shoot some scenes of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which John Hughes was also filming at the same time to save money. The school is now a cop shop.

The poster for this was quite an important one. From Wikipedia: The film’s poster, featuring the five characters huddled together, was photographed by Annie Leibovitz toward the end of shooting. The shot of five actors gazing at the camera influenced the way teen films were marketed from that point on. The poster refers to the five “types” of the story using slightly different terms than those used in the film, and in a different sequence, stating “They were five total strangers with nothing in common, meeting for the first time. A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse.” The poster itself was so influential, it was parodied in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 a year later.

I rather enjoyed this film, mostly because of the fine acting, the great dialogue, and the warm-fuzzies it leaves you with.

Tonight though I feel like a dumb action flick.

Date watched: August 31st
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2017: 98

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