The sad, conventional lesson of ‘The Breakfast Club’

February 13, 2015 4:51 PM

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“Don’t You (Forget About Me).” So goes the title of the Simple Minds song that opens “The Breakfast Club,” and since I first saw it, I certainly haven’t forgotten about it. In fact, it’s been gnawing at me in the worst way.

The movie was first released in theaters 30 years ago this weekend; cue lots of purple prose about how it captured the uncertainty of being young, as well as the anxiety associated with parental and peer pressure and being poorly typecast. In many ways, John Hughes’ film did manage that, but it undo...

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