Breakfast Club Quotes

Wednesday, July 27 by Megan Lamb-Bushree

Gathering the best "The Breakfast Club" quotes is not an easy task, thanks to its rapid fire dialog and great sense of humor. Screenwriter John Hughes had an ear for writing for teenagers and this film exemplifies that fact the best. Here are some of the most memorable quotes from 1985's "The Breakfast Club"

  1. Bender: "Are you a virgin? I'll bet you a million dollars that you are. Let's end the suspense! Is it gonna be… a white wedding?" From the beginning, John Bender could not hide his fascination with the lovely prom queen Claire (Molly Ringwald). This quote showed his odd preoccupation with her sex life. We learn that the sweet and popular girl will be able to wear white on her wedding day after all, well at least she would have been if she had not hooked up with Bender at the end of the film.
  2. Andrew: "Just you and me. Two hits… me hitting you, you hitting the floor". Oh, Andrew, you can be such a tough guy sometimes. The complete amusement that plasters Judd Nelson's face while Emilio Estevez (Andrew) delivers this dialog, is exactly what audiences are thinking. Such a silly macho statement that is often repeated in film, television, and frat houses alike. If there was any question whether or not Claire was too cool for Wrestler Andrew, this line made it clear.
  3. Bender:"You know what I got for Christmas this year? It was a banner f**kin' year at the old Bender family. I got a carton of cigarettes. The old man grabbed me and said "Hey. Smoke up Johnny." The sad and troubled home-life of John Bender comes flooding in with this diatribe on just how screwed up this kid really is. Poor white trash Johnny is going to have a tough life ahead of him, and this impersonation of his father, proves why he is destined to become a criminal. Claire probably should have ran the other way, but every girl loves a bad boy.
  4. Vernon: "What was that ruckus? Andrew: Uh, what ruckus? Vernon: I was just in my office and I heard a ruckus. Brian: Could you describe the ruckus, sir?" This is the beginning of the groups foray into temporary friendship. Covering for Benders absence from the broom closet, the rest of the group outsmarts Vernon simply by confusing him. Once the coast is clear, the group is able to commits their ultimate bonding moment; smoking pot together.
  5. Allison: When you grow up, your heart dies. Bender: So, who cares? Allison: I care. "The Breakfast Club" is an interesting movie because it begins with so much comedy, that you forget just how serious the film becomes. Allison's reflection on what it means to be an adult may be a downer, but for the teenagers in the film, it's a scary thought. Bender may claim he doesn't care, but the rest of the group sure seems bummed about the impending loss of happiness.
  6. Brian: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you're crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain… Andrew: …and an athlete… Allison: …and a basket case… Claire: …a princess… Bender: …and a criminal… Brian: Does that answer your question?… Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club. The classic and memorable final words that lead to the simple Minds song, "Don't you forget about me" and a fantastic fist pump from Judd Nelson. Perhaps, the friendship that is formed in that day of detention is only temporary, and the labels that the characters give themselves will be irrelevant when they are 25, but it was a day that they would never forget.
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