In high school, I wanted to be Molly Ringwald's character in The Breakfast Club.
I would have settled for Pretty in Pink.
John Hughes (1950-2009) was a filmmaker who scripted some of the most successful movies of the 1980s (The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off). Hughes remembered the central dilemmas of adolescence and the feelings that it produced. His movies are classics, with a reach far beyond the generation for which they were intended.
You are right, the three movies you mention are great, for any generation.
i could probably still quote The Breakfast Club line by line "I wish I was on a plane... to paris...." I totally thrashed that video!
While not a John Hughes movie, when I was in High School, I kind of related to John Cusak's character in Better off Dead. While everyone else pegged their pants, feathered their hair, and listened to Genesis. I was the shy kid in art class with the army jacket, kinda spiky hair who liked Black Flag and the Pixies. Even, though I played hockey, which "was cool", I was constantly reminded I was not. Ahh, fun times!
This was the perfect post for me today having just finished attending a nostalgic 80s rewind music festival over the weekend. I always wished I could look like Molly in the Breakfast Club, I loved her clothes and boots, still do. Thanks for this! :-)
I totally thought I was her in "Pretty in Pink" --- funky, older friends, loser father longing for his wife... I think I would have liked Duckie better though
When you get older, you realize that Duckie was actually the cool guy. So weird and awesome that Duckie is on Two and a Half Men!
I wanted to be Mollie Ringwald full-stop. Especially Pretty in Pink, by the time Breakfast Club rolled around I was old enough to want her gone and me in her place!
My kids and I have watched Ferris maybe ten times in the last couple of weeks. Always makes me smile.
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