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Encounter with the '80s

The Breakfast Club is one of those iconic '80s movies I've heard referred to most my life and never seen - until this evening. I can see why it could be iconic: it takes a fairly straightforward premise and does a really effective job with it. It was just the right length, and plenty happens. There's character development for everyone except Carl the Janitor (and at least we learn more about him).

Also, Alli Sheedy's character reminded me so much of black_faery, because they superficially look the same. And they're both artists.

Did The Breakfast Club crown the genre of "what happened in detention" and leave it nothing else to say? Or is there a mini-genre of movies, books, and stories inspired by it? (i.e. Is it like a work of Chaucer - with lots of near-contemporary fan fiction, or like a work of Dante, which everyone admired, but no one ever did anything quite like?)

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haggisthesecond
Jan. 23rd, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
Some interesting trivia about the film (which I love) is here: http://www.riverblue.com/hughes/trivia2.html

Supposedly Hughes wrote the script in just two days, which is amazing.
owlfish
Jan. 23rd, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
Interesting tidbits. I'd forgotten about Bender's joke. Two days is incredibly short! (But how long for edits?)
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owlfish
Jan. 23rd, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
If I hadn't read a number of novels in the past year in which the people who fight the most and claim to hate each other really just hadn't figured out they were in love yet, I might well agree with you on the Bender/Claire relationship issue. As was, I could recognize a convention when I saw it and accept it as such. But... yeah....
calindy
Jan. 23rd, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
I get such feelings of nostalgia when I watch that movie. I can almost smell the corridors with the failed antiseptic smell.

I'm such an 80's kid. It's sad. In reaction I savagely remove shoulder pads from anything I buy now. Trust me, they're still out there lurking on clothing racks.

And have you watched "Pretty in Pink"?
owlfish
Jan. 23rd, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Pretty in Pink. Or Sixteen Candles. Or St. Elmo's Fire.
pennski
Jan. 23rd, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
Pretty in Pink is one of my guilty pleasures - especially as they changed the ending. Andrew "no chin" was my preferred 80's pretty boy.
snowdrifted
Jan. 23rd, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
The Breakfast Club and John Hughes movies were genre-making for telling stories from a teenager's perspective, giving them the voice. I think it was that he got the apathy/futility/craziness of highschool and the American suburbs, too. All those kids have screwed up lives but they're also just regular kids, and the detention setting got them to relate to each other by getting past the highschool social structure.

The bit that bothers me is when Judd Nelson's character just lays into Molly Ringwald when they're all coming clean about their issues, and then by the end she wants to make out with him. But he was horrible to her. I like watching it whenever it comes on. Some of it's cheesy but it's still got its moments.
owlfish
Jan. 23rd, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
The Bender/Claire relationship I could only buy because I already knew, thanks to reading Georgette Heyer novels this past year, that it's a convention - the people who fight the most either really hate each other - or else they actually love each other and are trying to hide it/haven't realize it yet/have a lot of fun fighting with each other.
arcana_mundi
Jan. 23rd, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
It's pretty much already been said, but The Breakfast Club was different from any other teen movie ever made before it - John Hughes made my crazy world make a little more sense to me from 1986-1990.

Pretty in Pink was my favorite. Absolute FAVORITE. Not least because of the effect it had on the teen zeitgeist. After that movie came out, my high school's basketball team captain decided he had a crush on me, for real. I was SO weird, with my 80s hair and my weird vintage/mod/victorian outfits and radical new ideas about makeup, and extremely geeky and nerdy - and this guy ghosted me to my karate classes, around school. It was very exciting for my little group of Thespians (that's what the weird kids were called in my high school, regardless of whether or not you were in the drama club) and I think kind of something for his crowd of jocks as well. We very wisely never, ever spoke to each other. It would have ruined everything. I imagine we both knew life didn't really turn out that way... And he graduated that year.

I love John Hughes movies so much. Still.
owlfish
Jan. 23rd, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Pretty in Pink, but will add it to our rental list. Thanks for the recommendation!
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utopia_necro
Jan. 23rd, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
my only difficulty was emilio estevez as a wrestler!
i mean c'mon!
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