John Hughes’ seminal teen classic The Breakfast Club reaches its 30th birthday this year. Long-time fan of the film Neal Damiano discusses what the high school drama means to him.
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of The Breakfast Club. It is hard to believe 30 years ago five high school teenagers – a brain, a jock, a princess, a basket case, and a criminal – spent a Saturday detention baring their souls to find a common connection within each other.
I recently attended the 30th anniversay special screening at Regal Crown. Yes, I bought the ticket and took the ride. Now I have seen the film numerous times, probably more times than any other film, so why would I go see it again? Simple, for pure nostalgia. No other film can transform you back to your youth quite like The Breakfast Club. It was an unexplainable and delightful feeling of excitement and exhilaration seeing it on the big screen. Taking me on a journey back to high school.
The film touches on a universal theme we all struggle with in that time period and that is the need to be accepted, no matter what social clique you belonged with. John Hughes just got it right, he knew teen angst with genuine sincerity and wasn’t afraid to break down social barriers and status labels.
The Breakfast Club is timeless because the characters are familiar – we can relate to each of them in some way. Everyone knew at least one of these types in high school or was one themselves. The cliques will never change, the need for popularity will never change, but what The Breakfast Club did for us, it made vulnerability cool, showed us if you dig deep enough you can find a common bond with just about anyone and relate.
That is the exact thing that makes The Breakfast Club special and remains relevant 30 years later. For a film that has the song “Don’t You Forget About Me” as its theme I’m not worried. I get a feeling many will not forget this film for another 30 years.
Words by Neal Damiano
You can buy The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk