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The Breakfast Club [Feb. 19th, 2013|11:59 pm]
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Andrew: My God, are we gonna be like our parents?
Claire: [teary] Not me...ever
Allison: It's unavoidable, it just happens.
Claire: What happens?
Allison: When you grow up, your heart dies.

Sitting on the sofa tonight, watching "Cairo Time" with trillian_stars my mind drew one line to another to another and it dawned on me that one part of knowing your significant other was knowing who, among all the archetypes of The Breakfast Club, they would most like to date. Trillian said she'd never seen The Breakfast Club and it dawned on me that not everyone has. That movie was ... well, it was The Breakfast Club of my generation -- which is probably the only real way to explain it. So Trillian and I watched it and I was pleased to discover that I knew exactly who she would most like to date from that list of characters. Wondering about the rest of you. Feel free to discuss in the comments.

Poll #1897454 Your ideal date in The Breakfast Club is....

Of all the characters in The Breakfast Club, who would you most like to date?

Brian (Anthony Michael Hall)
15(10.8%)
Allison (Alley Sheedy)
50(36.0%)
Andrew (Emilio Estevez)
4(2.9%)
Claire (Molly Ringwald)
4(2.9%)
Bender (Judd Nelson)
60(43.2%)
Someone else (the principle, the janitor, someone's dad in the car, the sculpture in the library)
6(4.3%)


* (yes I know I spelled principal wrong)
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[User Picture]From: angelamermaid
2013-02-20 05:03 am (UTC)

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I go for the nerdy guys that I could rescue, (sure I could!), every time.

My Biology teacher was in the same theatre when I saw The Breakfast Club for the first of many times. I later asked him what he thought of it, and he thought it should be required viewing for all of the teachers.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-20 05:10 am (UTC)

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as the nerdy guy in need of rescue, i thank you.
[User Picture]From: mizkit
2013-02-20 08:28 am (UTC)

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I think your biology teacher was right. What a good idea. :)
[User Picture]From: rivervox
2013-02-21 01:22 pm (UTC)

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I agree and think kids should view it as well. It would help with feelings of isolation as well as bullying.

Edited at 2013-02-21 03:18 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: ysobelle
2013-02-20 05:13 am (UTC)

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I WAS Allison, but I don't think I would have wound up dating anyone.

I watched that for the first time as an adult a few years ago. I used to think it was such a bright, happy movie. I didn't realise how really fucked up it was. When I was that age-- when I saw it-- that was all...just my life.
[User Picture]From: allykatt
2013-02-20 05:17 am (UTC)

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i was so much allison that i actually changed my name to 'ally' after watching that movie.
i'd like to say that i'd go after the brain, but in reality, i'm always drawn to the bad boys. it'd be bender all the way.

Edited at 2013-02-20 05:20 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: dsmoen
2013-02-20 06:10 am (UTC)

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Now that I'm no longer married to a bad boy (my 1st husband was, 2nd is not), I find that my great love of bad boys has not diminished one whit.

But, for me, it's always been the bad boy geeks. The quiet ones, you know.
[User Picture]From: lois2037
2013-02-20 05:20 am (UTC)

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Well, of course BRIAN! It would have been the janitor, who was easily the coolest one in the movie, but he's older and has a kid. Brian probably had lots of cool SF books I could have borrowed and would have understood my tastes in film. Plus, his friends were nice.

I, too, was just like Allison, even down to the giant bag. Only mine was full of books and art stuff.

Edited at 2013-02-20 05:21 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: whiskeychick
2013-02-20 05:34 am (UTC)

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At the time I was going to the prom, I was more into girls than guys. I did go to my senior prom with a male date, but we were covering for each other. So, Ally is my pick. I always had a giant bag with me, that had journals and sketch pads and a change of clothes (I hated going home).

However, my late-life long-term relationships have been with men. So, if we're going for the "Senior" (like in grey hair) prom, then I'd probably pick Brian. We could dork out all night long.
[User Picture]From: chamisa
2013-02-20 05:51 am (UTC)

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Because I found the option of voting for the sculpture in the library really amusing, I had to vote for the sculpture in the library.

The real answer...well, I married a Brian. I would have gone for him as a teenager too--but also found Bender attractive in the same way Claire did, I think. I think of the two I'd be most drawn to Bender but actually end up with Brian. Andrew is a little too jocky.

I vividly remember seeing the movie in the theatre when it was first released and it made a big impact on me. I'm Molly Ringwald's age and I wanted to be Claire.

Now, as an adult, I can see Carl the janitor being a cool guy to date as well, but I have a bit of a hard time thinking of him as an option because when I watch that movie, I watch it through the eyes of my teenage self, I think, and therefore, he's a grownup and just not appealing. Don't know if that makes sense or not.
[User Picture]From: twiin
2013-02-20 06:22 am (UTC)

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I also have never seen it.
[User Picture]From: pickleboot
2013-02-20 06:27 am (UTC)

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i watched that movie with my now pre-teen kids, and the whole movie was new to me. my kids are home schooled due to some severe issues we had with our bass ackwards district when out then very autistic son(and also very gifted, not going to lie) was being bullied and not being given the para aide he was due. now, we follow an unschooling plan and the kid is doing physics that baffles me at 12, is all excited about setting up annodizing baths this summer to make parts for his rc cars(i am qualified to do this- i r a metal smith), not to mention our daughter who does not talk, even at 10, unless she likes a person, the movie still resonates.(see, i got there.) i married a bender/brian combo. quiet, nerdy bad guy. pre-press/graphic design. the bad guys of the tech field. they own the make it pretty button. in high school i went for the nerdy or bad guys. either or. and i did not end up like my parents. both my husband and i rebelled asap. my parents are still offering to pay for grad school for him, but we are still, almost 17 years later, holding back. maybe with the latest whoops in our life(major cock up in green card renewal- please note that when you live in a small town and a have a sub mail carrier, make sure that you harp on them when you are expecting important correspondence from ins or payment from your publisher/people you do editing work for. it can really fuck up your life. nothing throwing around your father's political clout can't fix, and if you ever want to do a cool thing on bird strikes, hit me up and i will hook you up with my dad.)

but my kids love the movie. if you can find it, try watching the victorious(nickelodeon show) spoof of it. they did a great job. i can go on and on about 80's movies and how they are echoed in modern tv and movies. it's my thing.
[User Picture]From: girfan
2013-02-20 08:00 am (UTC)

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I identified with Allison when first watching the film (and was angry about Claire's make-over of her) but not sure who I would want to date.


Over the years, I've dated a variety of men, some Benders, some Brians but ended up married to (ex) a total Brian and (current) Brian mixed with a bit of Bender.


Weirdly, I met the actor who played the janitor (John Capelos) and he was a very cool guy, so I had to tick your "someone else" option!

[User Picture]From: mizkit
2013-02-20 08:31 am (UTC)

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Fictionally, it's all about Bender. In real life, it'd be some combination of Brian and Andrew, because I go for smart jocks, at the end of the day. Straight-as-an-arrow smart jocks, as a rule. I love the glam of the bad boy in fiction, but apparently I have no actual use for it in real life. :)
[User Picture]From: daisybliss
2013-02-20 08:50 am (UTC)

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Judd Nelson/Bender, no contest.

It's the nostrils.
[User Picture]From: tigerinvaseline
2013-02-20 01:48 pm (UTC)

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When I was in high school, myself and friend did a scaled down script of the The Breakfast Club for Dramatic Interpretation Duo for a Speech and Debate Tournament. We took it to state championship, but did not win. I remember loving doing the parts for Allison and Brian, but for dating--I always found myself drawn to Bender, bad boy with sweet streak.
[User Picture]From: rayvyn2k
2013-02-20 02:37 pm (UTC)

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When I was a young, single parent of two toddlers, I watched that movie many, many times. The line that stayed with me and helped me be a better parent was when Andrew and Allison are talking.

Andrew: What do they do to you?
Allison: They ignore me.
Andrew: Yeah...yeah.

So fucking heartbreaking.
[User Picture]From: scarletwildfire
2013-02-21 02:29 am (UTC)

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Such a great line to remember to never have happen to your own children.
[User Picture]From: ysobelle
2013-02-21 03:28 am (UTC)

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...Oh, G-d....
[User Picture]From: ms_violet
2013-02-20 02:40 pm (UTC)

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I think it's interesting that, of Kyle Cassidy's readers, Allison and Bender are far in the lead. as of 9:40 am, 2/20/2013.
[User Picture]From: rivervox
2013-02-21 01:11 pm (UTC)

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Yes, the transgressive ones are the sexiest. Maybe because they're looking to the world outside of high school for their identities?

Edited at 2013-02-21 03:19 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: yackersmaren
2013-02-20 02:50 pm (UTC)

Would have to be the bad boy!!

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I would go for Bender...I always loved the bad boys!!! Jocks never did anything for me. And Brian was just way too dorky...he would have been a friend I loved dearly but would have had no attraction to.

and if it was one of the girls I definitely would go for Allison.

Besides...was always told in high school I looked like Molly Ringwald, Spyndal's dad always called me Molly, so it would be creepy to date myself.
[User Picture]From: yackersmaren
2013-02-20 06:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Would have to be the bad boy!!

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and of course my junior year of high school I met Kyle and Joe...crushes on the long hair college boys!!!!
[User Picture]From: pixink
2013-02-20 04:00 pm (UTC)

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I've dated so many Benders. Bad boys with careless hair and a bad attitude...even my baby daddy is a Bender. Perhaps next time I really ought to try someone who wears tights (it's the required uniform).
[User Picture]From: jenwolf
2013-02-20 04:48 pm (UTC)

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I have a soft spot for the shy, nerdy guys now, but when I was in high school I dated guys like Bender. My first real high school boyfriend, Rick, was almost exactly like him.
[User Picture]From: elsewhereangel
2013-02-20 06:34 pm (UTC)

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It weirds me out that I both picked Allison and am frequently told I resemble her. I have no idea what it means but it makes me feel vaguely guilty.

Still, she's my favorite character. And I really don't think we look that much alike, I just don't see what other people see.
[User Picture]From: kipar
2013-02-20 06:35 pm (UTC)

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In high school I was all about the Benders, but now I've been married to a Brian for 12 years so the nerds win in the end!
[User Picture]From: scarletwildfire
2013-02-21 02:28 am (UTC)

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I'm just like you!
[User Picture]From: trishalynn
2013-02-20 09:49 pm (UTC)

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When I was younger (and thinner) I would have gone for Andrew or Bender. My first boyfriend was a jock-ish type who also happened to be a great artist, and we met in high school.

As I grew older (and out of my teenage body) I started to gravitate more towards smart and brainy types because I knew they'd be less concerned with how I look and would appreciate my own smarts as well. So now, I'm married to a Brian-type, except he's more brilliant (relatively speaking; I don't recall Brian being a child prodigy like my husband was) and more cynical.

However, if we're going "pie in the sky" and this is all a fantasy anyway, I think I'd date Allison because she'd probably know all the cool and edgy places to go or maybe because she's a homebody, she'd have cool records to listen to or whatnot. And she'd be more open to adventure than the rest, but not be at risk for us being arrested the way Bender would.

Edited at 2013-02-20 09:51 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: serizawa3000
2013-02-20 11:37 pm (UTC)

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And here's the bit where I think something must REALLY be wrong with me because I could NOT get into The Breakfast Club. At all. Ferris Bueller's Day Off? Yes, oddly enough (I could relate to Cameron to a degree). Weird Science? Um... yes (I met someone in it, funnily enough. He was one of the mutant party crashers. Michael Berryman. Very nice man). But that was about all I could get into when it came to John Hughes. When I was a teenager, I did not want to see movies about teenagers, so I didn't. Unless it was a monster-infested sort of movie... :)
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-21 04:49 am (UTC)

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I read last night that he was shooting FBDO & the breakfast club at the same time, they used the same high school and you can see the same posters on the walls in FBDO.
[User Picture]From: karohemd
2013-02-21 01:41 am (UTC)

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When I first saw it on original release, I fancied the frilly panties off Claire. These days it would be Allison. Odd, eh?
I was Brian but as a language geek instead of maths. Nobody wanted to date me, either.
[User Picture]From: scarletwildfire
2013-02-21 02:26 am (UTC)

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Bad boys still make me swoon.... but man I've learned the hard way that they are nearly always trouble. While Bender would be on my wish list... I'm happy to report I graduated to thinking the Brians of the world are just as sexy and bring out the good side of me instead of the bad.

I was an Allison but the older I've gotten the more I identify with Brian, too. To answer your original question I bet you my SO would totally go for Allison, although he'd proabaly wonder why in the morning.

Edited at 2013-02-21 03:45 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: kuroshii
2013-02-21 06:25 am (UTC)

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I strongly identified with Alison at the time, though looking back I think I was closer to Brian just with her wardrobe and attitude: an outcast smart/nerd girl.
I have dated Brians pretty consistently all my life.
[User Picture]From: rivervox
2013-02-21 01:23 pm (UTC)

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Social media is an opportunity for a big Breakfast Club where we find out "that each one of us is a brain and an athlete and a basket case and a princess and a criminal".

I married the Bender (really a Bueller in a leather jacket), who was also a closeted Brain and Artist, who now does 100 mile bike rides for fun. Go figure.

Edited at 2013-02-21 03:18 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: angel_witch
2013-02-21 03:36 pm (UTC)

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There was no bmx-er or skateboarder.

That's always been my thing.
[User Picture]From: coffeeem
2013-02-21 04:21 pm (UTC)

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The geek-jock is an oft-neglected category. BMXers, skateboarders, snowboarders, climbers, et al. Remember the first year snowboarding was an Olympic sport, and nobody--sportscasters, audience, other athletes--could make any sense of the snowboarders? High-five to the geek-jocks!