Cast- Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy
Written and Directed by John Hughes
Five students are stuck in a Chicago high school library on a Saturday to serve a day long detention. They start the day as the Jock, the Brain, the Criminal, the Princess, and the Kook. After hours fighting, smoking, revealing secrets, and fighting teen hormones the five students realize that they are not as different as they originally thought.
Why I love it- I am a child of the 80’s (ages 9-19) and, for me, this is the quintessential high school movie of the 80’s. It is about stereotypes and cliques and judging people for who they are, not where other students have pigeon-holed them. I thought it was done perfectly and I loved each of the five for different reasons. I do confess that when I watched this last night the Princess (Molly Ringwald), who I loved back in the day, had lost some of her luster. Loved the cast and the story and the absurdity of it.
And let me be honest, if I was going to serve an 8 hour detention what better place than the most awesome high school library I have ever seen?! I never knew any school to have day-long detentions, what about you?
When I was in high school I watched this so many times I could (with the help of my friends) pretty much recite the whole movie. Sad, right? I’m sure that the reason this movie is so high on my list is for pure nostalgia. It takes me back to high school and it’s a fun place to revisit once in awhile. I am pretty sure that it does not hold the same appeal across generations, but I suppose I could be wrong.
Here’s the trailer. View the Brat Pack in all of their glory.