The Breakfast Club was huge in 1985. Actually anything John Hughes wrote, produced and directed was pretty big in the 80’s. He was an influential voice for a whole generation of teenagers. Hughes was also responsible for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – a certifiable classic and of course the blockbuster Home Alone (not a personal favourite).
Many of you dear readers may be too young to have ever heard of this seminal high school movie that features a Saturday detention with five kids from different backgrounds. A jock (Emilio Estevez), a princess, (Molly Ringwald, a Hughes regular and favourite), a criminal (Judd Nelson), a brain (Anthony Michael Hall) and a basket case (Ally Sheedy) were all on detention together. As a teen this seemed like the perfect angsty movie, with every kid coming from different sides of the tracks, but realising that they all had more in common than they originally thought. It’s a coming of age movie that is really well done. Back in the 80’s there really wasn’t a lot of movie choice as a teenager and this was one of the few that made a lasting impression.
The Simple Minds theme song was busting out the moves back then too with Don’t You Forget About Me burning up the charts. Check out this video for Jim Kerr’s awesome 80’s baggy suit.