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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #21

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The Breakfast Club


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“When you grow up, your heart dies.”

    Trust me, I’m just as surprised as you are about the surprising lack of Molly Ringwald in this week’s films.  Don’t worry, as we close out 80s week we are once again graced by the sass and overwhelmingly underwhelming performance of Molly Ringwald in the 80s cult classic The Breakfast Club.  Fun fact, Ringwald was originally going to play the role of Allison Reynolds (the basket case) but made a fuss and claimed she wanted the role of Claire and I’m assuming it all went something like, “Gosh, Molly Ringwald, stop crying.  Save that for the screen.  Okay, okay, here, have a cookie, you can play Claire.”  I had no idea there were so many recasts in this film, but apparently the role of Bender had come down to John Cusak, Nicholas Cage, and Judd Nelson.  I cannot imagine how ridiculous this movie would be if Nicholas Cage was the one doing the classic library-floor monologue, or the iconic fist pump at the end of the film.
    This is my favorite film from the 1980s, hands down.  Every time I watch this movie, I’m reminded of the first time I saw it; I expected to hate it, and watched it begrudgingly.  Despite my attitude, the movie totally won me over.  Excellent cast, excellent writing, excellent everything.  I’ve heard rumors that the entire library floor scene was improvised by the actors, but I can’t find any source validating that.  However, the scene where Claire is smoking pot was actually improvised by Molly Ringwald.  There was a lot of freedom given to the actors by John Hughes to explore their characters through improvisation while cameras were rolling.

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