Tuesday, March 24, 2015

No, we won't forget about you

Saturday, March 24, 1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That's the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.

And so begins one of the most iconic movies of the 80s and one of my all time faves. Certainly one that I quote quite often.

It's been 31 years since that memorable Saturday detention with a group of misfits played by a cast that was affectionately dubbed "The Brat Pack". We've all grown up. Some of us have our own school-aged children who are or will go through the same teen angst portrayed in this movie. My kid is just 11 so I'll wait until his teen years before introducing him to the The Breakfast Club.

In the meantime, here's some fun trivia about the movie according to IDMb (with my comments in blue):

Judd Nelson made up many of the terms used in the movie, including 'Neo-Maxi Zoomdweebie'. I loved this back then and used it to refer to people who annoyed me.

Alison does not speak until 33 minutes into the film. She only squeaks and giggles in the first half hour. 

Other proposed titles were "The Lunch Bunch" and "Library Revolution". No, I don't think so. Good call on keeping it "The Breakfast Club", John Hughes.

At the very closing part of the film where Judd Nelson raises his fist in defiance, that was actually ad libbed. He was supposed to just walked into the sunset, so to speak, and the director asked him to play around with a few actions. When he was done and they were finishing up, Judd Nelson threw his fist up without running it by anyone. Everyone loved it, and it has become an iconic symbol of the 1980's. 


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