"Dear Mr. Vernon. We accept that fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it is we did wrong. But we think you're crazy for making us write an essay telling you who we think we are."
Does reading the beginning of that famous cinematic letter still give you chills? The Breakfast Club, the landmark John Hughes movie that became the Citizen Kane of our generation, turns 30 years old on Feb. 15.
The movie - about "a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess and a criminal" - won over teens and film critics in 1985. The late Roger Ebert gave The Breakfast Club three stars for making "an honest attempt to create teenagers who might seem plausible to other teenagers."
Hughes wrote the script in just two days and filmed it entirely in sequence at schools in the same Chicago suburbs where he grew up. The movie's signature song gave a little-known Scottish band its first big hit. And an entire generation of smart-ass kids marveled at never-before-heard insults like "Neo-Maxi Zoomdweebie, " which was actually just an ad-lip by actor Judd Nelson.
How well do you remember The Breakfast Club? It's pop quiz time.
1. Name the actor who played Carl the janitor.
a. John Kapelos
b. Paul Gleason
c. Jake Kaplan
2. What David Bowie song is quotes during the opening credits?
b. Major Tom
3. Which of the following is not the reason the character is in detention:
a. Allison was caught smoking on school grounds
b. Claire skipped class to go shopping
c. Andrew taped a guy's butt cheeks together
4. What is written on the blue wall at the school at the beginning of the movie?
a. I don't like Mondays
b. Eat my shorts
c. Seniors rule
5. Allison can play "Heart and Soul" with her feet. Claire can put on lipstick using just her breasts. What is Brian's secret talent?
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