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Watching The Breakfast Club as a College Student

Even though it came out in the 80s, The Breakfast Club remains a movie that most high school students can relate to. There are still teachers who judge the youth based on their appearances and not their actions and teens still have issues with their parents. John Bender remains one of my favorite movie characters of all time.

Since The Breakfast Club is a high school movie, I wondered how I would feel about it once my high school days were over. I first watched the movie before high school, so the setting was not of the utmost importance. But since I’ve presumably (I stress the word presumably) matured past the themes of the movie, I wondered how that would affect its rewatchability. After all, not all movies stand the test of time. Most of us do not continue to watch the movies we watched when we were four (at least I hope not). Does The Breakfast Club stand the test of time?

80s teen movies exist in a realm of their own. The culture shifted in the 90s as the Brat Pack grew up and John Hughes ran out of screenplays. Nowadays, teen movies try to replicate the magic that was created in the 80s, usually with minimal success. Profanity and vulgarity are also much more prevalent these days than they were back in the 80s, though The Breakfast Club was rated R.

Since The Breakfast Club helped pioneer the teen drama genre, I doubt it can ever be replaced. There’s never going to be a movie quite like it. Even its contemporaries were vastly different. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science, Some Kind of Wonderful, and many others built the genre, but it’s hard to group them by any other standard than their time period.

Part of my desire to rewatch The Breakfast Club is the nostalgia factor. It was a movie I related to when I was in high school, even though I never had Saturday detention. I had a lot of fun in high school and The Breakfast Club gives me an opportunity to relive the experiences and the memories of those four years.

Besides the nostalgia factor, The Breakfast Club is a great movie all on its own. The movie provided quotes that I still use today. I often ask “will milk be made available” to people who try to get me to go to places I don’t want to go to. That might not be the exact context that the quote was meant to be used in, but it certainly works. If you haven’t tried the Bender fist pump after you’ve done something epic, I encourage you to do so.

I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow The Breakfast Club, even though my high school days grow farther and farther away from the present. I’m not sure if that’d be the case if I watched the movie for the first time as a junior in college. I think I’d even like it as an old man, hopefully because I didn’t grow up to be like Principal Dick. Teenage movies will never grow old for me.

Sincerely yours,

The Rockfast Club

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