30 Years Later and The Breakfast Club still gets it right

It’s been exactly thirty years to the day when five high school students spent a Saturday in detention and created one of the greatest teen movies of all time. The brat pack, including Molly Ringwald and Michael Anthony Hall, (both 16 at the time), Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez (22 years old) and Judd Nelson (24 at the time of filming) brought to life John Hughes’ greatest achievement in a long list of groundbreaking and timeless films.

What took Hughes one weekend to write left a stamp on history that is still felt today with films like 10 Things I Hate About You and Juno and shows like Awkward. and Degrassi. More than just a film about five teens spending a day together, The Breakfast Club showed what it was really like to be on the brink of adulthood and gave a space for all the athletes, basket cases, brains, princesses and criminals to call their own.

Hughes made movies for the underdogs and brought to light the similarities in us all in movies like 16 Candles and Pretty In Pink. But out of all the films on the late director and writer’s filmography, it’s The Breakfast Club that was packed full of life lessons that still ring true 30 years later.

You are exactly as cool as you feel, so always feel like the coolest.

Loyalty and teamwork are important, and if that means fake coughing to cover for a new friend, cough away.

First impressions aren’t everything. People are complex creatures and sometimes take a little time to get to know.

Go easy on yourself and those around you. Life is tough, but worth it.

Unfortunately, the high school popularity contests don’t end after graduation. Be good to one another.

Don’t spend your days concerned with hiding your bizarre-ness. Let your freak flag fly.

Don’t let your heart die. That would be bad.

Say yes to new things.

Never underestimate the power of a good trick.

Always make time to have fun.

Celebrate your achievements with a well-earned fist pump.

And of course, don’t you forget about me.