Wednesday, March 25, 2020

At the Movies in the Time of Coronavirus: The Breakfast Club (1985)

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COVID-19 has given us the gift of time to catch up on classic movies.  This week, I have been posting on some upbeat options.  (With the focus on the upbeat,  I am not recommending at this time one of my all time favorite movies, Taxi Driver with Robert DeNiro.).   Breakfast Club is a fun film from 1985 that reminds us all of those wonderful high school "glory" days. 

The plot is summarized on

"Beyond being in the same class at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois, Claire Standish, Andrew Clark, John Bender, Brian Johnson and Allison Reynolds have little in common, and with the exception of Claire and Andrew, do not associate with each other in school. In the simplest and in their own terms, Claire is a princess, Andrew an athlete, John a criminal, Brian a brain, and Allison a basket case. But one other thing they do have in common is a nine hour detention in the school library together on Saturday, March 24, 1984, under the direction of Mr. Vernon, supervising from his office across the hall. Each is required to write a minimum one thousand word essay during that time about who they think they are. At the beginning of those nine hours, each, if they were indeed planning on writing that essay, would probably write something close to what the world sees of them, and what they have been brainwashed into believing of themselves. But based on their adventures during that nine hours, they may come to a different opinion of themselves and the other four."

The ensemble cast is memorable:

Emilio Estevez ... Andrew Clark

Paul Gleason ... Richard Vernon

Anthony Michael Hall ... Brian Johnson

John Kapelos ... Carl

Judd Nelson ... John Bender

Molly Ringwald ... Claire Standish

Ally Sheedy ... Allison Reynolds


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