Saturday, July 16, 2011

Movie Moments: #83

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Yep, I know that this is a teen chick flick and that there are all sorts of reasons not to like it, but I do.  There, it’s out in the open.  And while we’re at it, I also like Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, Love Actually and Notting Hill.  Hey, where are all you guys going?  Come back.

Five students come together for detention at a high school, from 7.00am to 4.00pm.  Each is a stereotype:  The Brain, The Athlete, The basket Case, The Princess and the Criminal.  They appear to have nothing in common and have been set a task by the antagonistic Vice-principal: write a 1,000 word essay as to who each person thinks he or she is.

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

Snippets from the movie, shown to Simple Minds’ Don”t You Forget About Me, a song which comes from the movie:

·         Bender in Futurama is named after John Bender in this film.
·         "The clothing is all very layered, [and as the film progesses] they shed these layers; each layer is a little piece of the person." -- Marilyn Vance, costume designer
·         Writer and director of the film, John Hughes (1950-2009): "The most common question I'm asked is, 'What happened on Monday?' I used to say, 'Nothing.' But I think it's more complex than that. So complex that I can't do it in film. If I can finish it in prose, in a book, then the characters transcend the film."

Further comment:
An appropriate comment by someone in the response section of the above video clip:
“If the Breakfast Club took place in 2011, it would consist of nothing more than texting and mindless iphone smartphone occupancy. They'd wait out the 8 hours by staring at their cellphones and shunning human contact. 2011's awesome isnt it?”

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