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09 December 2009

The Breakfast Club

directed by John Hughes

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but stereotypes can go to hell. If I was in charge of taglining awesome 80s teen flicks, that would have been my contribution to the John Hughes classic, and it is most definitely a classic. It’s Saturday at Shermer High School in Shermer Illinois, 60062, and a jock, a geek, a princess, a basket case and a criminal serve detention in the library. Over the course of the day, bonds are forged and walls are toppled as each of the teens learn that they all drink from the same punch bowl of angst and awkwardness. Judd Nelson is iconic as rough side of towner John Bender, who uses insults as a defense. Emilio Estevez excels as Andrew Clark, trophy jock son of a father who pushes too hard, and Anthony Michael Hall is nerddom incarnate as Brian, resident geek and, ultimately, work horse (well, I guess all the stereotypes weren’t broken) when it calls for completing the necessary detention assignment. Hughes darling Molly Ringwald is perfect as prom queen Claire, who must tread a fine line for her popularity, and last but not least, the stellar Ally Sheedy is Allison, who came to detention just for something to do. If I could select one image from the entire Hughes canon to sum up his vision, it would be that of a triumphant John Bender walking across the football field and pushing his fist into the air in a victorious and defiant proclamation of individuality. Either that or the shot of the kid drooling on his desk in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.


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