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The Movie that Defined A Generation

Updated on October 26, 2014
The Breakfast Club
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Flashback to the 80's.

It wouldn't be a far cry to say that my teenage years were some of the worst years of my life. I was pretty unhappy during those days and like everyone else, I was always trying to figure out who I was. I admit I was a pretty good student when it came to my studies and I regularly got good grades in school. I was also dating one of the most popular girls in my school and I spent most of my lunch hours hanging out with the cool kids. I hated my life.

In math class, I became friendly with a girl that wore glasses. My girlfriend told me I should stop talking to her to protect my reputation because it just wasn't cool. I started to wonder who my real friends were. And why did I feel like being with the cool kids was so important.

The Movie That Defined A Generation

This coming-of-age movie is about five high-school kids who have nothing in common except for the fact that they are serving detention on the same day. The entire movie takes place almost exclusively in a library room and they are told to sit there for 8 hours and write an essay about who they think they are. During the day there is a lot of arguing between the kids which results in them opening up to one another and although they seem to have nothing in common, they eventually discover that they are really not so different after all.

Each character is portrayed brilliantly by the talented cast who makes this movie shine. I was a huge fan of Molly Ringwald and she is a natural in her role as the "beauty queen". If you went to high school in the 80's and haven't seen this movie, you'll most likely enjoy this movie. You'll travel back in time when saying things like "totally" were considered cutting-edge cool. The soundtrack includes one of my favorite songs of all time, "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds.

Personally, The Breakfast Club was more than just a movie. It helped me in realizing that I wasn't alone in feeling angry, confused and that we all have to deal with peer pressure. It also gave me courage and the strength to be what I wanted to be so from that day forward I vowed to at least be true to myself. I decided to cut ties with the so called "cool" kids and ended the relationship with my girlfriend. I was never really into her anyway and besides, I wasn't cool enough to hang out with them after I decided to keep talking to that girl in those funky looking glasses.

The Breakfast Club-Flashback Edition

This special edtion of The Breakfast Club includes some bonus content such as the origins of the Brat Pack, a feature commentary with the actors Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson and the original theatrical trailer of the movie. Directed by John Hughes, one of the most iconic directors of the 80's, The Breakfast Club is definitely one of the greatest movies to define an entire generation.

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My copy of The Breakfast Club I purchased in Japan and is now one of my most treasured items in my DVD collection.
My copy of The Breakfast Club I purchased in Japan and is now one of my most treasured items in my DVD collection.
Pretty In Pink (1986)
Pretty In Pink (1986)

I just loved this movie that I must have seen it a dozen times. Everything from the awesome music to the funky fashion portrays what the 80's were all about.

 

The Original Trailer for The Breakfast Club

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      Shay Marie 3 years ago from Southern California

      I love this movie too (I've pinned your review to my 80s board on Pinterest!). I actually got to play Ally Sheedy's character in a small stage production. It was so much fun!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Kim Milai: I'm so glad you liked my review and the movie. It really was a great movie.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: I hope so. It can be a painful time for many.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: Thanks so much sousababy. Really appreciate your visits.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @GrammieOlivia: Thank you grammieo. Always appreciate your visits.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @mommyplus3kids: Thanks so much for reading.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ayannavenus: Thanks so much!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: I agree with you Minoru. They had the best music.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: So true.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Max Globe: Obviously mine too. This movie really rocks.

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      This was my second most favourite 80s teen movie and one of the best even now. I have to admit though that Pretty in Pink is my no.1. but I loved your review and the memories it brought back. I'm afraid I would have been the apparent geek alone in the crowd, I was never cool on the outside, but inside my head I awesome! ;) Great personal review btw. Plus being a Brit I loved the soundtrack and Simple Minds.

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      Max Globe 3 years ago

      My favourite movie!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      So many stars came out of this movie.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Loved it and also the music. Can't beat the 80's !

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      ayannavenus 3 years ago

      Enjoyed this review yet again! Thanks

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      mommyplus3kids 3 years ago

      All these movies are my favorites. Awesome job on the review!

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      As always a great review, I enjoyed this one!

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Yeah, the Breakfast Club certainly made us feel that we were "all in this together" - lots of growing pains in the teen years (for some, more than others). Fabulous review!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Your story will no doubt help others from your generation to open up and share too.

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      Great article. Enjoyed the personal story. Saw this in the theatre and it spoke to me even though I was in my twenties.