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7 reasons why The Breakfast Club is an ETERNAL classic

John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club – often voted the best high school movie of all time – is an inarguable classic.

John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club – often voted the best high school movie of all time – is an inarguable classic.

And if you need to be convinced, here’s why:

  • 1.

    The cast

    John Hughes tended to use a lot of the same actors for his films – and many of them would come to typify classic high school movies, including stars Michael C Hall, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson.

  • 2.

    The final scene

    Hey, hey, hey, HEY. Ohhhhhohhhhhohhhohhhhwooooo. Sing it, Simple Minds. The iconic scene where Bender punches the air to the strains of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” still has the power to give us goosebumps.

  • 3.

    The genius message

    Using just five characters, each representing a different microcosm of teenage life, the film depicts the mores and class structures that exist within it – and in doing so, creates a pretty genius sociological study of the American high school.

  • 4.

    The brilliant writing

    Nowhere in the movie are there special effects, explosions or sex – there isn’t even a location or outfit change for crying out loud! And this is what’s so brilliant about The Breakfast Club: it relies on nothing but sharp, clever writing and strong character development to suck us in.

  • 5.

    The fashion

    The style of the Eighties is pretty much a stain on our collective histories, and if we live to be a thousand we will NEVER understand what in the world it was all about. Saying that, it’s an important part of movies like The Breakfast Club, and we wouldn’t change it.

  • 6.

    Some of it was improvised

    You know the scene where the characters share their deepest secrets? And the aforementioned iconic punch? Yep, both improvised!

  • 7.

    It hasn’t dated

    It might be the princely age of 31, but the movie’s message is still as relevant today as it was when it was first released. That’s some pretty impressive filmmaking right there.

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