30 Years of Detention

by Emilie Hendrickson

With the recent celebration of the 30th Anniversary of The Breakfast Club, what better way to celebrate than taking a trip down memory lane with some of the most iconic 80’s high schoolers? John Hughes’ 80’s classic, which focuses on the polar opposites of the high school population, who are forced to spend the day together in detention.

We are introduced to Claire, The Princess (Molly Ringwald), Brian, The Brain (Anthony Michael Hall), Andrew, The Athlete (Emilio Estevez), Bender, The Criminal (Judd Nelson), Allison, The Basket Case (Ally Sheedy), and of course Principal Vernon (Paul Gleason).

The Breakfast Club
Written & Directed by
John Hughes
Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Paul Gleason
Release Date
16 March 2015
Emilie’s Grade: A

Prior to the detention, the group did not stray out of their respected cliques, which meant they knew nothing about one another. Of course, after some bonding time (getting stoned in the library and exploring the desolate school) and deep conversations, the group realizes they can relate to each other on a level nobody ever expected. After 30 years, the movie is just as popular as it was when it first premiered. The Breakfast Club is referenced in popular movies such as, Easy A and Pitch Perfect, and has transcended through the decades. Not only did this John Hughes classic set a precedent for teen-related movies that would follow, it also captured the attention of those who many would imagine to be too young to understand its significance.


Despite the lack of violence and explosions, and with a limited change of scenery, the simplicity of the movie holds the attention of its audience. It also helps that there are many lines that seem to stand out and stick with the viewer, even after seeing the movie once. This is a great watch for any film buff from any decade. I personally believe watching all of the John Hughes’ movies is a necessity to becoming a well-rounded person. It also doesn’t hurt that Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me” is the song you can’t help but sing when you picture Judd Nelson’s character walking triumphantly across a football field, raising his fist in the air as though he just won a battle.