The Breakfast Club opened on February 15th, 1985, making it 30 years old today. Written, directed, and produced by John Hughes and starring Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, and Ally Sheedy, The Breakfast Club remains one of the greatest high school films of all time.
I first saw John Hughes’ classic when I was in high school, either my freshman or sophomore year, and discovering it felt like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. I had something to turn to.
High school certainly wasn’t my favorite time; I was neither uncool, nor popular, and in retrospect I understand how difficult those years of self-discovery truly were. The Breakfast Club made it easier. I could see a piece of myself in each character, and it was a relief to know that everything was going to be okay.
What were the most important lessons I learned from The Breakfast Club? We’re all human – we’re all misunderstood – and we all just want to be heard.