Episode 14, January 6, 2017: The Breakfast Club

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This week we start our, "teen angst" month with the quintessential 80's flick, The Breakfast Club. John Hughes seemed to bring out our philosophical side as we discussed how sterotypes are created, social norms, and what defines the film genre, musical.


Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.



Show Notes:


2DudeReview - Episode 14: The Breakfast Club

I. Introduction
- Discuss site, Twitter, etc.

Ia. Our bet for the picture

II. First Impressions of The Breakfast Club

III. Origin & tidbits

- The first movie for the "brat pack."
- The title came from John Hughes' son's friends who dubbed it for Saturday morning detention.
- This was Hughes second film he directed and worried investors because of his lack of experience.
- Hughes wrote the screenplay in two days and shot the movie in sequence. There is a longer version of the film (about 2 1/2 hours long) that belongs to Hughes' widow.
- Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were the first to sign on since they worked with Hughes on Sixteen Candles. Ringwald was supposed to play Allison but she fought (by fought, got upset) and they gave her the role of Claire.
- Hall hit his growth spurt during filming. He started out shorter than Nelson at the beginning and taller than him by the end of filming.
- Emilio Estevez auditioned for Bender but was recast for Andrew since Hughes couldn't find anyone to play that role.
- The Bender role was between John Cusack and Judd Nelson. Cusack originally had the part but was recast for Nelson.
- Nelson wore the outfit we see in the movie to the audition. Also, the switchblade in the movie belonged to Nelson.
- Nelson stayed in character off camera and harrassed Molly Ringwald to the point that Hughes was going to fire him. The other cast members, namely Paul Gleason, convinced him not to.
- They kicked around a sequel but Hughes and Nelson's rocky relationship made that impossible along with Molly Ringwald wanting to get away from her teen angst stereotypical roles.
- Rick Moranis was originally cast as the janitor but dropped out due to creative differences.
- John Kapelos ended up cast as the janitor and warned the younger actors not to overdo their performance and laughed telling them they didn't want to have a heart attack like Martin Sheen in Apocolypse Now. This didn't sit well with Emilio Estevez and Kapelos apologized having no idea Estevez was a Sheen.
- Ringwald and Hall were the only teenagers. The rest were in their 20's with Nelson being the oldest at 25.
- Filming took place at Maine North High School in Des Plaines, IL. Same school they shot Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
- When they sit in a circle and explain why they are they were in detention was not scripted, Hughes instructed them to ad-lib it.
- Annie Leibovitz took the picture for the poster.
- Allie Sheedy's dandruff was parmesan cheese.
- Hughes said his biggest regret was the shattered glass seen while the kids smoked pot.
- Bender's flinch was genuine as he thought Paul Gleason was going to hit him.
- No one could come up with a punchline to the joke Bender tells while going to the library.

IV. Points to discuss

- Is Bender a delinquent or an abused kid?
- What do you think happened to the different characters?
- Is there a more 80's movie out there than The Breakfast Club?
- What do you think happened on Monday when the kids met up again in school?

V. How rotten is The Breakfast Club? The Breakfast Club was given an % by Rotten Tomatoes. Do the following films fall higher or lower than %?

VI. Mention next film, plus reiterate the Web site and social media feeds

VII. Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: A
Brian's Grade: A-
Karina's Grade: A