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Demented and Sad, But Social [updated and link fixed]

Sheila reminds me that The Breakfast Club is now 20 years old.

Let me just step back a moment and say, wow. Time flies when you're...aging.

It's been a while since a Listomatic, so here's my favorite quotes from Breakfast Club:

  • Screws just fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place.
  • Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?
  • If he gets up, we'll all get up, it'll be anarchy.
  • Well, Brian, this is a very nutritious lunch. All the food groups are represented. Did your mom marry Mr. Rogers?

    Brian Johnson: Uh, no. Mr. Johnson.
  • You're a neo maxi zoom dweebie.
  • Could you describe the ruckus, sir?

The thing about Breakfast Club is, when you're talking about it with your friends, you talk about it like it's comedy, you remember all the funny parts. And then you watch it again and you realize it wasn't really much of a comedy. As far as John Hughes movies go, it's melodrama; it's his English Patient. It's a full length version of one episode of Degrassi High, drawn out to a predictable conclusion.

Oh, don't get me wrong. I love Breakfast Club. I own it. I forced my children to watch it. But what seemed so clever and poignant and dramatic back in '85 just seems embarassingly hackeneyed now. Which is really par for the course, as everything I did in high school that I thought was 'cool' back then seems hackneyed now. High school isn't supposed to look good 20 years later so, in that sense, Breakfast Club has really held up well.

Cliques and detention and snarking at the principal never really go out of style, do they? Sure, Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald may have come and gone, but their awkward, bad guy/good girl romance will live forever in our hearts.


You're Allison Reynolds! "the basketcase"
quiet and shy, you stay in the shadows. That is
until you blurt out something random and Wierd.
You're artistic and misunderstood. If only
people would take the time to listen or notice
you...


Which Breakfast Club Character are you?
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Comments

I love that line too about "the world's an imperfect place" - hahahaha

That's a great 404 error.

Now where's the damn quiz?

No, you're a genius because you can't make a lamp.

It's not so much the line as it is how ridiculously funny it is after Bender falls through the ceiling:

"Forgot my pencil."

Don't forget where our favorite robot from the future got his name!

Oh yeah, and I'm Brian. Duh.

Gee... I thought it was pretty lame movie 20 years ago. A few good lines, but that's about all.

Guess I missed the poignancy and other layers.

hagga hagga!

ok, really, my favorite part of the movie is the exchange between the wrestler and the geek.

"You wear tights?"
"I do not wear tights. I wear the required uniform."
"Tights."
"Shaddap!"

Smoke up Johnny!

My fave: "Obscene finger gestures from such a pristine young girl!"

I aspired to be John Bender. Which explains a lot about my adult life, actually...

To paraphrase Ferris Bueller -- the Breakfast Club is cliched and melodramatic, but hey, so is high school.

I'm Claire.

Carl the Janitor: Hey, Brian. How you doin'?

Bender: Your dad work here?

I loved this movie in high school. I think it came out my sophmore year, junior at the latest. My friends and I had much of the dialogue memorized. Shut up, we were girls. ;)

You know, the group Bowling For Soup wrote a song about you.

She knows all the classics/she knows every line:
Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Even St. Elmo's Fire