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