Breakfast Club, 1985
As a child of the 80’s and a lover of all things John Hughes, it is no surprise that this is my choice. I loved all of Hughes’s movies but this is the one that takes me back to high school. It’s about the stereotypes we want people fall in line with and how much we can grow when they don’t. Five students were stuck together for an eight-hour detention (I can’t believe this is ever true, is it?) and they learn more about how much they are alike than different. At one point in time I had large chunks of this movie memorized and my friends and I would act out the dialogue. Fun times 🙂 I hope this classic will stand the test of time, but just for fun let’s do a recast…
The Brain – Josh Hutcherson
The Jock – Taylor Lautner
The Prom Queen – Jennifer Lawrence
The Basket-case – Emma Watson
The Criminal – Alex Pettyfer
The Principal – Bryan Cranston
My cut-ff age was 24. What do you think? Have any nominations? Maybe I’ll chance my dream cast 🙂
I fell in love with her in While You Were Sleeping in 1995 and have had a girl crush ever since. That movie is one of my go-to comfort movies. The woman can do little wrong (Except maybe choose better husbands in real life. Never did get the whole Jesse James thing). She is pretty and funny and has a sparkle in her eye just to let you know that she’s on to you. The Proposal and The Blind Side are two other favorite performances, she won an Oscar for The Blind Side. Do you have a favorite Sandy movie?
When I read this in 2012 I fell in love. The writing is perfection and the story of ex-slaves after the war was heartbreaking and triumphant. I consider this a must read, but be prepared for a slow start. Don’t give up, it’s worth the ride.
Paul D had only begun, what he was telling her was only the beginning when her fingers on his knee, soft and reassuring, stopped him. Just as well. Just as well. Saying more might push them both to a place they couldn’t get back from. He would keep the rest where it belonged: in that tobacco tin buried in his chest where a red heart used to be. Its lid rusted shut. He would not pry it loose now in front of this sweet sturdy woman, for if she got a whiff of the contents it would shame him. (p. 86)
I just checked the movie out of the library and am anxious to see if Oprah can do Sethe justice.
I still have my childhood copy of Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret and it’s well-worn. I don’t know many women my age that didn’t read it. Blume gets it. She wrote about getting your period, masturbation, teen sex, divorce. bullies, all things that are still so relevent today. She didn’t shy away from hot button topics. I remember a copy of Forever (there was sex!) was passed around in the fifth grade like it was porn and I guess in the fifth grade it was! I’ve read most of her books for younger teens and even her few adult books (they didn’t work as well for me, but Wifey had t he same embracing of taboo subjects) and consider her a classic children and young adult and pre-teen author. I wonder how she reads to the new generation. Do they still read her books?