In 1985, I was a freshman at U.P. Fine Arts where I lasted one year before switching schools and majors.
During the ’80s we looked forward to movies and going to the cinema. But we didn’t get to see movies the same time as the world. We had to wait months after they were released because the Philippines was very much third world back in those days.
I had the best time though during the ’80s. Like many girls my age, I wanted to be Molly Ringwald. I adored her and watched all of her movies, like Sixteen Candles (1984) and Pretty In Pink (1986), which I hope you have seen.
Last night I decided to see The Breakfast Club (1985) again because I ran out of things to watch, and 30 years later I am thinking, boy was that dumb!
So much has changed since 1985 and there are so many things you can’t say anymore because they are politically incorrect or considered sexual harassment.
I can’t believe I thought the movie was everything back in 1985.
The Breakfast Club is about five high school students—a jock, a nerd, an outcast, a rebel, and a socialite—who get stuck for nine hours in detention and eventually learn about each other’s innermost thoughts, where if not for detention they might not even speak to each other in the hall way.
What they had in common—unhappy homes and almost hatred of their parents.
As a parent of two teenagers, that makes me really scared and think: Am I making a happy home for my kids? Or am I making them miserable?
Having kids was the most wonderful thing I ever did, but when the two boys turned 13, something changed. They started to answer back, argue, debate, say hurtful things.
It makes me think, was I that bad as a teenager? Which I can’t explain how it happened because I have loved them since the day they were born.
But yes, I am babbling, and I digress.
It was a dumb movie, but I felt so many emotions watching it and that feeling is priceless.
I can only thank the late director John Hughes for creating movies of my generation, because there will always be that ’80s teenager inside of me which nobody can take away.