Okay, now we're into serious stuff. Sixteen candles was amazing. There was Jake. Swoon. Molly Ringwald plays the Everygirl, wanting to be noticed by boys and at home. Of course she's only noticed by the school geek until the very end of the movie.
Then there is The Breakfast Club, which is amazing for different reasons. All of the teens are in the library for Saturday detention. They show up, thinking they couldn't be more different, and by the end they've learned a lot about themselves as well as each other. In the movie, they are instructed to write a paper on who they are. They turn in this:
Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did WAS wrong, but we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is … a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your question?
the Breakfast Club.
And how can you not like a movie where Judd Nelson starts telling a joke, "A naked blonde walks into a bar with a poodle under one arm and a two-foot salami under the other. She lays the poodle on the table. Bartender says,'I suppose you won't be needing a drink.' Naked lady says…" and falls though the ceiling. He never finishes the joke.
The movie felt like high school because of the clique cliches. We all knew who was who in school, many people fit into stereotypes and we didn't bother to get to know the individuals behind the stereotypes. The Breakfast Club showed us those individuals. And the movie still holds up. Very well, in fact. You should watch it again if you haven't seen it in a decade or two.
Here's one of my favorite songs, which is in the movie and used perfectly.