Ultimate 80s Blogathon Kickoff: The Breakfast Club (1985)

Let’s Kickoff the Ultimate 80s Blogathon!

Are you ready for close to a month dedicated to the awesome 1980s movies? I know I am! I’m doing the honors of kicking off with my first review for the Ultimate 80s Blogathon.  Drew over at Drew’s Movie Reviews has full credit for this idea and he has let me join forces with him to bring you this lovely blogathon.  Thanks so much to all those that sent us their reviews! I think its safe to say for both of us that you’ve blown us away with the reviews we have received.  I’m not giving anything else away but the Ultimate 80s choice has varied quite a bit and there were some surprises and some that I’ve never even seen or heard of.  You are in for some awesome fun! Remember to drop by and check it out.  You can find all the reviews updated daily on the menu bar up top dedicated to Ultimate 80s Blogathon.

Without further ado, let’s get my review of the 1980s teen drama/comedy The Breakfast Club! 🙂

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club

Director: John Hughes

Cast: Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Paul Gleason, John Kapelos

Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. –IMDB

1980s was kind of like the playground of John Hughes.  He had so many great teen comedies/dramas from Sixteen Candles to Pretty in Pink and then some even Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I love teen comedies.  1980s and John Hughes was always inspiring and fun to watch.  The Breakfast Club is one that is no doubt timeless.  The style and the music is one of the 80s and embodies that decade but the story itself transcends into even modern day.  I was in high school in the late 90s- early 2000s. Every high school has a brain, an athlete, a princess, a basketcase and a criminal. Everyone else knew their stereotypes and their groups and they had their images of how others saw them including the teachers themselves.  This is why The Breakfast Club resounds so much.  It reminds us that what has changed us is that as we grow up, we change and grown ups forget how they feel when they get older and see the world more realistically and experience even more.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club also handles its characters particularly well.  We have five characters here as they are trapped in Saturday detention.  While it feels like Judd Nelson’s John Bender has a bigger role because he is the one that revels the most in the story and really stirs things up for everyone right from the beginning, the other characters all have their spotlight.  Through their conversations and gang-ups between the five through their day, their answers and reactions allow us to see what each of these characters really are about.  The lesson here is that while they are viewed in a certain way, and that was how they saw each other in their own little click they usually are with when they first entered detention, The Breakfast Club is more of a statement of how everyone has these notions to a certain degree: elements of each other in them and its only by taking the time to know someone better than you can see that and not their outer appearances. Whether its the geek Brian, princess Claire, basketcase Allison, athlete Andrew or criminal John, they all are strange and different but also the same in their own ways.  They see life in the same light and they each get affected by certain things in their life the same way as the others. We even get a feeling of their relationships with the family and what bothers them and most of all, what makes each of these characters the way they are. Maybe its because we have a little bit of each of them in us naturally that its easier to relate to the Breakfast Club crew.

The Breakfast Club

Another great part of The Breakfast Club has to go to the wonderful soundtrack.  It truly embodies the 1980s tunes, especially one of the ending parts when Claire transforms Allison and she walks out and Andrew sees her, mesmerized by the change.  That music reminds of that time so much and the awesomeness of the music then.  Even though I was born in mid-80s, it still feel like something we can relate to.  It helps strengthen The Breakfast Club and the mood that it wants us to have as we watch it.  The dialogue itself is great as well.  Its incredibly quotable for one even if some of the terms are very much in the 80s and I don’t think when I went to school, I ever used.  The Breakfast Club takes these elements and matches them up perfectly with the characters creating a balance that shows a story that is warm and fun at times and at other times, tugs at our heartstrings a little also.

The Breakfast Club

Overall, The Breakfast Club defines the 1980s in the way of music and the style but is also a great 80s movie because the message and story is not restricted just that decade, it can still be related to in modern day high school.  It uses a great balance of letting us connect with each of the five characters and gives us time to understand them properly and not get caught up in the stereotypes that they were given when the movie started.  We learn about them just as much as they learn about each other and themselves and realize that they actually feel very similar on some issues and actually have a bit of each other even if they don’t realize it. The Breakfast Club is a teen experience that is well worth a watch.

Have you seen The Breakfast Club? Do you think that this is a staple 1980s movie? Are you a John Hughes fan?

***Keep your eyes peeled! Drew will have his review to kickoff this blogathon today also!***

Sixteen Candles (1984)

After an amazing feedback from the review of Say Anything based on another recommendation, Table9Mutant at Cinema Parrot Disco with Sixteen Candles with her equal love for Jake Ryan (if not more) as for Lloyd Dobler. She can correct me in the comments if she’d like.  She posts up all these cute, creative and even weird-ish things like THIS and THAT along with awesome movie and book reviews.  You really should check out her blog if you haven’t yet.  I truly think we have quite similar tastes so if you like mine, you definitely should head on over to hers 🙂

sixteen candles posterDirector: John Hughes

Cast: Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Haviland Morris

Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald)  is finally sweet sixteen.  She doesn’t expect her life to change but she did expect at least a little difference for the better.  However, on the very special day, nothing really goes as planned.  Her family completely forgets her birthday because of her sister’s wedding the following day.  At school, she dreams about her crush, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) from noticing her but he doesn’t seem to even notice her.  Plus, she fills out a silly quiz and it vanishes, and she hopes that no one links the answers back to herself.  Plus, she is getting hit on by a geek Ted (Anthony Michael Hall). In the midst of all this, things shift without her knowing and behind the scenes, another story is actually happening.


Sixteen Candles is a high school love story and there is a whole lot to love about it. Just a reminder, I’m 27, ok? No longer in high school but its inevitable to feel that high school romance that I could relate to, granted I didn’t have any sweet-looking boy like Jake Ryan hanging around in my school.  BUT, even though I didn’t have high school romance, I am quite familiar with the world of high school crushes and the days of feeling like everything was crap.  Seriously, this movie really is great and I’m sure it actually probably still relates to the teens nowadays but then maybe even younger, I don’t know anymore.  I already feel too old to understand kids these days.

sixteen candles sam baker

Our main actress here is Molly Ringwald who plays Samantha Baker.  I haven’t seen anything from her or most of the rest of the cast.  Samantha Baker is the normal everyday girl and all she wants is to have a great sweet sixteen.  As normal and as shitty she views her life, she is respectful of herself and she’s very charming to watch especially when interacting with Ted and his persistance and her shyness with Jake.  Plus, if that is not the most awesome thing a father can say to their daughter.  I loved that part a lot.

sixteen candles jake ryan2

To match with Samantha Baker is her hugest crush and the one she wants to be with forever (or something like that), Jake Ryan. I’m not saying like all guys are bad in high school because I have a lot of guy friends from high school but dude, would they have conversation? Wouldn’t a teen freak out.  They would think more on the lines of the second dude, no? Jake Ryan is the dream guy every girl wants.  He is sentimental and wants to find true love.  Thats quite a mature thought in the high school scene.  But, thats what makes girls swoon, right? And he’s actually pretty good-looking also. Just to emphasize my point, look at the below caption and find me a teen that will say that.  If there was, I’d have had a massive crush and wanted to stalk him every single day till he noticed my existence.

And thats why he's just a fantasy high school boy :P

And thats why he’s just a fantasy high school boy 😛

Aside from all the love and unrealistic aspect of it (which I bought so it worked), this movie was hilarious.  It wasn’t all lovey-dovey and mushy.  It was stylish with its comedy also.  Its not some low-rated comedy.  Its actually some pretty funny moments that might probably happy at certain parties, especially how wasted some of the characters did get.  I look at a movie like this and I realized how much of  a goody two shoes I was in high school because I did none of the above. Ted/The Geek was possibly the funniest character there along with his sidekicks, and one of them was played by a very young  John Cusack (WHAT?!).

sixteen candles ted and group

Sixteen Candles is a very sweet and for the most part funny high school story.  For the most part, it really feels like nothing is happening, but there is actually something going on.  If you watch this (like me) so many years later, chances are everyone already knows that iconic ending scene.  Jake Ryan is that perfect high school boy that every girl dreams about and Samantha is a very good portrayal of a normal high school girl (at least I related). Its an adorable and endearing and that makes this movie awesome.  I recommend it ever so highly and I think if you haven’t seen this (which you probably have), you probably should 😉