The Breakfast Club: #Throwback to 30 Years

It’s the 30 year anniversary of one of the most celebrated films in Hollywood.

Considered one of the greatest high school films, The Breakfast Club turned 30 two weeks ago and will return to theaters for an anniversary showing in the States in March.

The Criminal, the Athlete, the Basket Case, the Princess, and the Brain: The Breakfast Club is now considered a Hollywood classic, watched by kids even from our generation! (Universal Pictures)

Let’s have a quick throwback to when Judd Nelson was a total badass hottie who could light a match with his teeth. The year was 1985–a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal were trapped in detention on a Saturday, with a villainous principal. Little did they know, it would be one heck of a life-changing detention. As the film progresses, they come to realize that they are all more than their respective stereotypes and eventually came together as friends, in spite of their social differences. It’s a truly touching and life teaching epic that left a great impact to survive decades of profound remembrance and fame. A relatable one too, considering it targets all types of teenagers and even adults by addressing the issue of stereotyping and bullying.

A Man of Many Talents(?): Sure looks like that would hurt. And be very, very dangerous. (

We can’t lie, there are still cliques and stereotypes that define teenagers in high school and this can’t possibly happen in a detention in the 21st century because technology has taken over our lives and we’d find a way to sneak in phones and other fancy gadgets into detention.

But let’s turn away from that and take a moment to appreciate what The Breakfast Club taught us.

More Than Meets The Eye: Sure, John comes off as a bit douche-y and rude, but there were serious reasons for the way he acted as well as his shady past. (Universal Pictures)

First – That even though it’s easy to pigeonhole people into groups, everyone is more complex than that.

Take Judd Nelson’s character, John Bender, for example, he’s the criminal he’s portrayed to be in school because his father was an abusive alcoholic and his mother was uncaring and unloving.

Eat. My. Shorts. – Although a phrase made famous by John Bender, the modern generation’s memory was refreshed when Bart Simpson from The Simpsons reused the term. ( 

Second – The phrase ‘eat my shorts’. So I guess this was considered a pretty rebellious insult.

Anytime you feel like rebelling to your teachers or parents, go ahead with this bizarre comeback. Although I must warn you, Bart Simpson also started saying it in the 90s and you might just get laughed at.

The Cereal Sandwich: You can tell by her face how delicious that thing is. Just shove it all in, and try to not let the sugar fall out. (Universal Pictures) 

Third – How to make a cereal sandwich.

Get your sandwich out and open it up, throw away any filling to the side, sprinkle three packets of sugar all over the bread followed by some cereal of your choice on one slice and get the two slices of bread into one piece again and voila! P.S. Apparently, sushi isn’t a bad choice of lunch either. Just pack some raw fish and wasabi on a regular basis. No big deal.

Pure. Utter. Boredom. – Need we say more? (Universal Pictures)

Fourth – You can learn a lot about a person by observing how they cope with utter boredom.

Pretty self-explanatory.


So kids (of all ages), it’s been thirty years and the last lesson the film taught us is an advice I’d give to you all who haven’t seen the movie is this: you’re better off defining yourself rather than letting everyone else decide who you are, and allowing them to treat you accordingly.

– Hyun Jung Choi (’16)
Captions: Faith Choi (’16)
Header: Universal Pictures

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