Don’t You Forget About Me: Remembering “The Breakfast Club”

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.

The Breakfast Club, John Hughes, The Geek, Anthony Michael Hall, Top 10 Films, 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.

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Fan Art by Omer Nainudel

The Princess, Molly Ringwald, John Hughes, The Breakfast Club, Top 10 Films, 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

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About the Author
Neal Damiano calls himself “an unhip film geek” who mixes his passion for movies with an enthusiasm for travel, music and journalism.

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    Rodney Reply

    Reading this makes me ache to re-watch this movie. I admit to passionately disliking Molly Ringwald (nope, didn’t like her) but I thought the film overall spoke to me about all the things I was experiencing at the time myself.

    Speaking of, have you ever seen Pump Up The Volume, Neal? I’d enjoy your thoughts on that, either way.

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    Andrew Reply

    I need to rewatch this one. I saw it years ago and I didn’t connect to it, but I watched it with my wife and she vocally hated it so it kind of killed me viewing experience, which is why I like to watch movies by myself 😛

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    Neal Damiano Reply

    @Andrew, wow I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that hated the Breakfast Club. Give it a viewing on your own.

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    Callum Reply

    I wasn’t born when The Breakfast Club first came out and yet I still think it’s the most relevant high school movie ever made. It’s just so funny, quotable, smart, endearing… I could go on.

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    ArchE Reply

    I must admit to not falling for the trappings of Mr John Hughes like some but I admire Neal’s obvious enthusiasm for the work. The Breakfast Club is a “nice” film but not really a great one although I must admit to enjoying Don’t You Forget About Me on my “Walkman” in my youth. Savage Steve Holland did better teen movies that Hughes – just check out Better Off Dead.

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    CineGirl Reply

    “I get a feeling many will not forget this film for another 30 years.” – agreed! 🙂

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    John-Paul Greenhouse Reply

    It’s the movie that informed my teen-hood. I’m with you Neal…one of the very best.

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    Julien Reply

    One of the best of the 1980s.

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    Rebecca Green Reply

    The Breakfast Club is my favourite of John Hughes’ movies but I admire much of his work in the same light – Sixteen Candles, Some Kind and Pretty In Pink are all incredible.

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    Huddon Reply

    Fell in love with Ally Sheedy in this one!

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    Ready Eddie Reply

    Timeless. Good to see someone who loves it as much as me.

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    Elliott Reply

    I’ve always loved it. It gets better with each viewing. Don’t think I’ve seen a movie like it. John Hughes was an incredible talent.

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    Neal Damiano Reply

    Thanks, If you remember, I have Pump Up The Volume at number 1 on my Top 10 Christian Slater Films list. In which I believe you have commented on. Excellent film.
    As for BC I rather fancied Ally Sheedy!!

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    Neal Damiano Reply

    Hughes added a genuine serious element to teens and teen films which I liked. Savage is great and Better of Dead was great but he was all comedy. Dark comedy but still comedy
    Thanks for the read.

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    Roger That Reply

    Great tribute Neal. Count me as another fan of Hughes. I wasn’t as impressed by Deutch’s work with Hughes’ screenplays, I much preferred Hughes being behind the camera. The Breakfast Club and Ferris are his best films.

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    Alison B Reply

    Great celebration of John Hughes finest film! 😉

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    Milligan83 Reply

    Love this. The Breakfast Club help me come to terms with high school. I’m so happy it helped others too. Lovely to read such words about the movie.

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    Marc Reply

    Sixteen Candles is my favorite Hughes movie, but Breakfast Club is the iconic teen movie of the 80s. The themes are universal, the characters are recognizable, and the situations (while exaggerated) are somehow familiar as the nostalgic, golden-hued memories of that most idyllic yet somehow horrifying time – high school days. 9/10.

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