Are you kidding me?!? Nope. Thirty-eight years have passed since “The Breakfast Club” was released into theaters on February 15, 1985. A little search revealed that three of the main actors in the film are in their sixties. . . yep. . . you heard that right. Believe it or not, John Bender’s Judd Nelson is in his sixties, and both Ally Sheedy and Emelio Estevez just joined the 60’s club. Time is flying, for sure.
As a youth culture watcher, I’ve developed a special place in my heart for movies. French film director Jean-Luc Godard once said that “a film is the world in an hour and a half.” For those of us who need to keep developing our knowledge of the world of kids, movies offer a great window into that world.
Perhaps my favorite of all-time is this timeless classic from John Hughes that still captures the hopes, dreams, angst, ups, downs, and dynamics of adolescence in captivating ways. I’ve watched it so many times that cuing it up is like walking through the door to visit a group of friends. No other film has done a better job deepening my sensitivity to kids who face difficult issues. Sure, it’s a film filled with stereotypes. The most moving scene? When Judd Nelson’s John Bender pours his heart out about his family. Wow. I always walk away from this one with a better sense of why I’m called to youth ministry.
Perhaps today is a good day to watch an old classic as a reminder of humanity’s deep brokenness. . . and the life-giving Good News of the Gospel.
Great movie Walt. I can remember how much trouble our good friend “Wilky” got into when he showed it to his youth ministry class at a seminary when it first came out. My how things have changed. Breakfast Club is a nugget of truth that still stands the test of time.