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Between the ages of 12 and 17, I probably watched The Breakfast Club about thirty times. Then I didn’t watch it, or at least all of it, until this weekend, when I chose it as my remembering-John-Hughes-and-my-spent-youth screening. The good news: it remains one of my all-time favourite movies. The ‘nevertheless’ news: it’s funny what a few years perspective can do.

5 Weird Things I Never Noticed About The Breakfast Club As A Teenager

By A.L. Bishop

1. Bender explains to an indignant Andy that he’s trying to help Claire. But by ‘helping,’ he seems to mean ‘badgering her about her sexuality until she breaks down and cries in front of everyone, then succumbs and makes out with him.’

2. Mr. Vernon concedes to leaving the library door closed when Bender reminds him about fire code regulations, but doesn’t think twice about locking (or, technically, latching) Bender into a windowless broom closet.

3. Further to the fire code, Bender hushes Brian for pointing out that there are fire exits at either end of the library—a precaution that makes sense in the most flammable room of the school. The students then proceed to light a cigarette, smoke pot in small groups, and ultimately hotbox the foreign languages lab undeterred by smoke detectors or fire alarms.

4. Even though the movie is about seeing people for who they are, Andy only falls for Allison when Claire makes her over to look like everyone else.

5. In spite of the group’s great leap forward, socially speaking, Brian still gets suckered into doing everyone’s homework.

My favourite new discovery this time around was a picture of Carl the janitor in 1969 under the heading ‘Man of the Year.’ My most troubling discovery this time around is that my favourite ex-boyfriend not only looked a little like Brian, but, if I remember correctly, also wore his sweatshirts inside out.

Does any of this change how much I love that movie? Not hardly. Bless ya, Mr. Hughes.

The Breakfast Club - 1985

The Breakfast Club - 1985

#SaveFerris Trivia Track – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

by Reznik

Written, directed, and produced by (the now late) John Hughes, who wrote the script in six days. The movie was named after John Hughes‘ lifelong friend, Bert Bueller.


Fantastic Extras:

  • Ben Stein as the Economics Teacher
  • Kristy Swanson as Simone Adamley the Economics Student
  • Charlie Sheen stayed awake for more than 48 hours before the scene to play ‘Teenage Boy In Police Station’
  • Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, who played Ferris’s parents, married in real life after filming this movie
  • Ferris’ Dad, Lyman Ward played the Dad in the pilot of Beverly Hills 90210, before being recast

Filming began on Sept 9, 1985 and ended on Nov 22, 1985. Released June 11, 1986. The film’s budget was approximately $6M, and the total US gross was approximately $70 million.

Deleted Family: Ferris’ younger brother and sister were completely removed from the film

Shermer Drive: the famous long curvy street between Maple Middle School and Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, IL (Hughes home town)

Not the Bears: The Cubs were hosting the Atlanta Braves on June 5, 1985 at Wrigley Field

Ferris family home is actually in CA, and was also used in #NotAnotherTeenMovie

The hall in which you see Jeanie walking and a kid collecting money to save Ferris are the halls from The Breakfast Club (1985).

Cameron’s father’s Ferrari wasn’t a real Ferrari. Because it was too expensive to rent one, they made three fake ones with fiberglass bodies.

Most of the license plates are abbreviations for titles of films by John Hughes. Katie’s = VCTN (National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)); Jeannie’s = TBC (The Breakfast Club (1985)); Tom’s = MMOM (Mr. Mom (1983)); Rooney’s = 4FBDO (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)). The exception is Cameron’s Ferrari (seen when Ferris first pulls out of the garage), the license plate of which reads NRVOUS.

Cameron’s house is in Highland Park, IL. As of May 2009, it was on the market for $2.3 million.

Best. Scene. Ever. Hughes at his directorial best. Art Institute of Chicago – featuring most prominently Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges-Pierre Seurat.

#SaveFerris: “What’s He Doing?”  ”He’s licking the glass and making obscene gestures with his hands.”

The Parade sequence (Twist and Shout scene) was filmed during the Von Steuben Day Parade, an annual event in Chicago.

Whenever Mr. Rooney and Ferris have a conversation with each other, only one of them speaks throughout the entire conversation; the other is completely silent.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off - 1986

Ferris Bueller's Day Off - 1986

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