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Apr. 7th, 2018 @ 11:02 am Molly Ringwald and the Breakfast Club
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Molly Ringwald was the face of the generation that were teenagers in the 1980’s. She is five years older than me, and starred in what were essentially the first movies aimed at teenagers that talked about what it was like to be a teenager. I don’t remember when I first saw A New Hope, but I do vividly remember the circumstances when I saw Pretty in Pink. To people my age, movies like The Breakfast Club are important cultural artefacts.
But they are also artefacts of the time they were made.
That is why it is so interesting to read how Molly, who is close enough to my age to have roughly the same experiences and outlook, is looking back at The Breakfast Club and the other movies she made with John Hughes through today’s cultural lens.

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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From:lisa_thecat
Date:April 7th, 2018 01:57 pm (UTC)
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I have read the article too. I remembered the movie and didn't remember anything offensive about it so I was curious about the actress' point of view. She is sorta right but also wrong. I agree with you about this movie and others that could be revisited today, that they reflect those times. The whole idea of revisiting movies, books, art etc, to check if they are in tone with today's culture has a scary side. It could lead to censorship. Censorship was always used in the name of the greater good. It never was.
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From:fub
Date:April 9th, 2018 07:39 pm (UTC)
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I think the point is that at the time the movie was made, there wasn't anything objectionable in it, but if you view it through today's lens, there's some stuff that gives you pause.
I did not get the idea that she wants the movie censored or supressed or something like that -- her main concern was watching it with her ten-year old daughter, and the movie has some things that are puzzling to kids that age.
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From:ashmedai
Date:April 7th, 2018 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Interesting interview! Though I had to chuckle at how sheltered her daughter seems to be, haha! I saw that movie long after it came out, and really enjoyed it. I agree, it does seem to be a cultural artefact. :)
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From:fub
Date:April 9th, 2018 07:42 pm (UTC)
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I mean, a movie for kids aged sixteen is bound to have stuff that is, at least, puzzling to kids aged ten?
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From:ashmedai
Date:April 9th, 2018 07:44 pm (UTC)
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It wouldn't have puzzled me, LOL! But maybe I was just a precocious kid. ;)
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From:spiral_meter
Date:April 8th, 2018 05:55 am (UTC)
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The Breakfast Club should speak to adolescents of all ages, but i suspect most kids nowadays have never even heard of it.

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From:fub
Date:April 9th, 2018 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I think it's one of those iconic movies that get 'handed down'? But the relevance of the movie is, I think, diminishing, because the eighties were a different time. Or maybe not: some things always stay the same in highschool, I guess, no matter what decade it is.
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From:changeling72
Date:April 9th, 2018 05:43 am (UTC)
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I guess the article got her back into the public eye after all of these years?

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From:fub
Date:April 9th, 2018 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Looking at the list of her work, it seems to me she has been steadily working as an actress ever since, even though it's never been as big as back then.
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From:changeling72
Date:April 17th, 2018 12:23 pm (UTC)
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I must have missed it. Saying that, I don't watch as much tv as some people and haven't been to the cinema for years.
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