2015 marks the 30th Anniversary year of the John Hughes '80s movie classic, The Breakfast Club. Although the movie may seem a bit dated to teenagers today, it made a huge impact on society and culture when it was released.
The movie usually makes every Top Ten list for Best '80s movies and three decades later, it is still a pop culture phenomenon.
In honor of the movie's anniversary, Today.com has compiled a mashup of current popular TV shows paying homage to The Breakfast Club.
Stuck In Detention
Most of The Breakfast Club is filmed and set in one specific place, the detention room. Filming took place in an actual school gymnasium which the movie studio then turned into a library.
The main theme of the film is the constant struggle of the American teenager to be understood, by adults and by themselves. It explores the pressures teenagers face to fit into their own high school social constructs.
That shot of the cast sitting in the library in angst and despair as Mr. Vernon belittles them has been parodied or referenced on numerous TV shows and throughout our pop culture landscape.
Let's All Dance On Tables
The Breakfast Club was a siren call to children of the '80s to be as rebellious as you want to be. Go ahead and dance on tables, it's fun!
That act of defiance and whimsy left a lasting impression. The dancing on the tables scene is a quintessential pop culture moment that is often imitated now as a nod to the Breakfast Club gang.
Raise Your Fist In The Air!
Another memorable moment in The Breakfast Club was when Judd Nelson's character, John Bender, walks across the football field and thrusts his fist into the air. Bender got the girl, made new friends, and pretty much had an awesome time.
People connected emotionally to that moment. It was a sign of fighting authority, a triumphant symbol of Bender's character.
That freeze-frame moment in the movie has now become an iconic part of pop culture. It is reenacted in TV shows today as a symbol of victory and an homage to Bender's "screw you" attitude.
30 Years Later... Still In Fashion
For a film where each character only wears one outfit throughout the entire movie – with the exception of that famous makeover – The Breakfast Club has had a pretty massive fashion influence.
Famously consisting of a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal, the five members of the Breakfast Club packed in a whole lot of style references.
Judd Nelson’s rebel character is a classic of the genre. He has the whole look: biker jacket, plaid shirt, biker boots and earring.
Bender has inspired teenage style from the '80s to the present day, making plaid a perennial in fashion.
"Don't You Forget About Me" (Don't worry. We won't.)
30 years later and the dialogue-heavy, conversation piece from John Hughes still holds up. From Family Guy to Pitch Perfect, pop culture still references this iconic '80s movie.
How is this movie still able to resonate with every generation of teenagers? Actress Molly Ringwald, who played the rich girl/princess Claire Standish, summed it up best in a recent interview with The Daily Beast:
"It’s the universal feeling that we all are alone—that we’re all different. I think the movie’s one resounding theme is that everybody feels the same, and we’re all alone together."
Those universal themes of alienation and bonding are why The Breakfast Club will be cherished forever. Check out the supercut video from Today.com and see which of your pop culture favorites have paid tribute to the Brat Pack.