Today marks 30 years since the release of teen classic, The Breakfast Club, a film best remembered for its iconic improvised dancing scene set in a school’s library.
The Breakfast Club brings together the different ‘labels’ in the high school social system – the Athlete, the Brain, the Basketcase, the Criminal, and the Princess – by placing them in detention together. Throughout the day these labels evaporate as the group bond over their backgrounds, dancing, and some marijuana.
Written and directed by John Hughes, the film became his most recognisable work as well as leading to the group of young actors starring in it being termed the ‘Brat Pack’ after their consistent working together in various coming-of-age films of the 80s.
It is the subject matter that hails this film as one of the greats of the coming-of-age genre, and its cool soundtrack featuring Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ added to its high esteem.