Back to the 80s · Movies/Television

Back to the 80s: The Breakfast Club.

I have a confession to make. Until recently I have never seen The Breakfast Club (yes, cue surprise). To be perfectly honest with you, this movie back in the day never even made it on my radar (I guess living the reality may have had something to do with it). Even though I watched plenty of movies at that time, well, yeah, I missed it.

Watching it for the first time, now that I’m older, I know I see this movie in a different light than what I would have done had I watched it all those years ago. It was a fun movie and as an adult I did enjoy it and I would have liked it as a teen, however, back then I probably would have laughed more.

There were a couple of scenes that did disturb me, like that one where John Bender was under the desk where Claire (Molly Ringwald) was sitting as he hid from the principal. As a teen I might have laughed at that situation, but these days as a mother with a teenage daughter and during the age of the #MeToo movement, not so much (and as a mother herself, Molly Ringwald agrees). The other scenes that disturbed me were the ones between John Bender and Claire, where he was constantly harassing her. This only made me feel uneasy. These scenes, had I watched the movie in the 80s, would have had the same reactions from me, as anyone else who has been harassed and/or bullied would know and can therefore relate to Claire.

All that aside, it was otherwise a good, fun movie, delving into the issues of teenage life. Before watching it, I could easily pick out who each character represented, so they fitted their stereotypical roles very well. Despite their differences, throughout their short time together, they discover that in reality, they’re not so different after all. The principal, an adult bully with an axe to grind (and I’m being nice here), representing those ‘boring’ adults where life doesn’t live up to their expectations, makes the adult audience question their own lives. At the end of the day, the audience is left to wonder if these characters would go on to follow in their parent’s footsteps or ultimately break free. The ending at least, gives the audience some hope. I understand this movie is a cult classic for some people, but for me personally, I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t go that far.

I found the music to be a bit of a disappointment except for ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’, by Simple Minds which I guess explains one of the reasons why it stands out so much (or maybe that’s just me). This is a great song to listen to live in concert and I finally have a reason to put the video on my blog. 😉

Have you seen The Breakfast Club? Did you first watch it as a teen? As an adult, has your opinion of the movie changed at all?

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2 thoughts on “Back to the 80s: The Breakfast Club.

  1. I saw the Breakfast Club when I was a teen and probably 30 times since. I loved the movie! It had the perfect cast for the time & theme of the film. I thought it was funny because I could relate to the characters & the situations they were in. Honestly, I have to say my opinion now hasn’t changed at all since I saw it back in the 80’s. I do have a teenage daughter, so I agree with the #ME TOO movement. However, what John Bender did to Claire under the desk and the harassment he gave her is just how it was in High School back then. I remember a lot of guys like that were perverted & inappropriate a lot of times, and back then females quietly ignored them or some would tell the guys off. Either way, it’s something that did happen back then, so whether it’s uncomfortable to females now, you can’t change the past! Deleting or changing the scenes now, doesn’t help the situation because then it’s like your hiding from it. You leave the scenes in as they are, so guys can see how wrong & inappropriate it is to act like that towards females, and maybe they can learn from it. Also, females see that is okay to say “NO” & speak up for themselves when it happens. The movie is a teen film then & now, so I’m sure most adults would see the film differently than teens. In my experience presently, what teens find funny, most adults don’t! It’s a cult classic that’s loved by many just how it is!

    1. Hi adp19701. I apologise for not getting back to you earlier as your comment found its way into the spam folder. I agree the cast was perfect, which helps make the movie so memorable. I also agree, you can’t change the past which is why film, like photographs, are perfect time capsules. We can look back and see things differently. I wouldn’t want scenes to be deleted as this would ruin the movie. It bugs me when you get Director’s cuts that ends up changing the entire feel of the movie and the same goes for re-makes – they’re not just the same. As I say, I never saw it when I was growing up, only seeing it for the first time as an adult and therefore seeing it from an adult perspective. I still enjoyed it though! Thanks for commenting.

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