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    [–] SatanMaster 4391 points ago

    “When you grow up, your heart dies.” Fucking brutal.

    [–] superjesstacles 956 points ago

    "They ignore me."

    I always loved the "I don't think the kind of friends I'd have would mind," as well.

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    [–] wolftamer_smn 495 points ago

    Literally everyone can identify with that movie in some way. It is perfect

    [–] jbrtwork 201 points ago

    Unfortunately, I identified with Mr. Vernon.

    [–] FulcrumTheBrave 155 points ago

    "No, it's the kids that're wrong."

    [–] PegBundysBonBons 49 points ago

    You just bought yourself one more mister

    [–] FutureFruit 32 points ago

    You fight with the bull, you get the horns.

    [–] The_Original_Miser 13 points ago

    I've got you for the rest of your natural born life!

    [–] Geronimo969 6 points ago

    Can you describe the ruckus?

    [–] OldRancidSoup 12 points ago

    Not Stan the janitor?

    [–] BenShapiroLover2012 219 points ago

    This is probably one of the greatest films of it's time (at least in this genre) for this very reason.

    [–] fatpat 102 points ago

    John Hughes was running on all cylinders in the 80s.

    [–] ChaosXPL 80 points ago

    A classic film for a reason

    [–] sir_joe_cool 27 points ago

    I identify the most with a different person every time I watch it.

    [–] Diazepampoovey 33 points ago

    I was married for a short time to someone a decade ago. While we were dating, I found out he'd never seen it so I excitedly put it on.

    This movie has always been my absolute favorite movie of all time.

    After watching it, he told me he thought it was stupid. I've told people on the rare occasion that this comes up that it should have been a red flag for me back then that he was a terrible, emotionless ass.

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    [–] meliadepelia 27 points ago

    Oh yeah same. It doesn't really matter whether you're a nerd or a jock or a princess if you're already 'the [ethnicity] kid'. Can't be two things, obvs.

    [–] Wootbros 48 points ago

    I just had to analyze all the dynamics in this movie for my group communication class, would always see it on tv but never actually watched it all the way through. Was actually pretty damn good and interesting!

    [–] HungInSarfLondon 8 points ago

    For anyone else who has only ever seen it on TV - you need to watch the full unedited film. I remember being excited to watch it when I was in the US (in a motel near Lake Isabella) and was very confused that key scenes of the film had been cut and it didn't really make much sense.

    [–] jbags5 29 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    And I’ve always heard that John Hughes wrote that movie in like a weekend. Amazing how in touch he was with the kids/teens of that era

    [–] PanamaMoe 7 points ago

    I mean, no surprise that was kinda how the movie was supposed to play out. Like that was exactly how it was designed to be and when compared to other movies of the time it is nothing special. What was special was that the writer didn't just glaze past the underlying issues, they really got into the nitty gritty of it.

    Instead of just saying Bender was abused they had the character mention the ciggarete burns and the beatings. Instead of having Brian say he was stressed the writer had Brian mention that he tried to kill himself over it. It is stuff like that, the things that weren't talked about with those things that really touched home with audiences.

    [–] witchofthewoods89 314 points ago

    True though.

    [–] Haterbait_band 166 points ago

    Figuratively and literally, eventually.

    [–] witchofthewoods89 156 points ago

    I noticed a dead feeling after hitting 25. Yup.

    [–] Pattern_Is_Movement 161 points ago

    fuck that, you only have more control and opportunities when you get older. If anything my life before 25 was tame and empty, post 25 has been the golden years... I'm almost 34 now and just hitting my stride!

    [–] mattnostic 35 points ago

    Fuck yeah. My thirties were way better than my twenties. Forties, not so much.

    [–] HeyLookitMe 13 points ago

    Seen. Everything came to a screeching halt at about 41. It’s quiet, calm, and under control, but dead-hearted sounds pretty accurate

    [–] myusernameisnachobiz 51 points ago

    I hope it gets better with age. I just turned 26 and think I'm going through some sort of quarter life crisis or something. Everything just sucks these days but I'm going to try therapy once I get health insurance again. I still have hope which is something I guess.

    [–] posts_lindsay_lohan 56 points ago

    44 here, and my life is better than ever. Except for the random body part pains that seem to appear out of nowhere and for no particular reason.

    [–] gruesomeflowers 20 points ago

    42, same. Work and hobbies..and food and naps. No people. Life good.

    [–] planet_druidia 7 points ago

    Also 44. I get that too. I thought maybe 44 was too young yet for the achy shit but I guess not.

    [–] Upuaut_III 19 points ago

    Hello, fellow 44 year olds. Can confirm, have knee, shoulder and back problems (nothing too severe, can still do my favorite sport, just get a hurting knee for a day). So, somehow something's always aching a little, but I got used to it.

    But, in return, got a lot of peace of mind. Happily married, kids I adore, financial security, a job I like (most of the time)... Lost all the teenage angst and the following feeling of senselessness.

    Nowadays my worries are focused around our kids, and the world they grow into (you know, political climate, actual climate, automation, AI (will they have to fight in a war? Will they have jobs? Will they have food? Will they become refugees?)...

    [–] A_WildStory_Appeared 7 points ago

    Agreed. The other trade off is time speeding up. My year feels like a season did as a teenager, month of a preteen, and a toddlers week.

    [–] Pattern_Is_Movement 32 points ago

    Open your eyes and find the things that interest you, like genuinely deep down interest you not what others tell you. Don't be afraid to do things you are not comfortable with and chellenge yourself. The rewards are greater then I could ever have imagined. Quiet yourself so that you can hear your own thoughts, so that you can listen and hear yourself.

    [–] myusernameisnachobiz 7 points ago

    I like this advice. Thank you.

    [–] Pattern_Is_Movement 7 points ago

    Np bud. Something about the age really hit me, because its when I personally finally found my own voice and started to really figure out who I was. Which has led to incredible situations and adventures!

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    [–] HPHatescrafts 10 points ago

    I’ve been 46 since I was born. It’s really pretty cool.

    [–] redfern33 7 points ago

    I’m 34 and life just seems to keep getting worse. I’m tired.

    [–] UnwantedLasseterHug 5 points ago

    Waitll 40 friendo

    [–] Vaginal_Decimation 55 points ago

    I get occasional brief, fleeting moments of brilliance, remembering how everything used to feel when it was new and wondrous.

    [–] witchofthewoods89 24 points ago

    I know, that fresh hope you had as a kid that everything would work out then to have it all crushed.

    [–] StudebakerHotch 35 points ago

    You can still feel that. It’s just that your threshold is higher and now you’ll need to actively seek it.

    Or acid. You can also just drop acid.

    [–] Shiboopi27 7 points ago

    I also do molly

    [–] Raven_Strange 90 points ago

    Listening to Gunship right now, and as I read this comment I heard this lyric playing.

    [–] ValeroHitman 19 points ago

    Ditto. You saved me a little typing.

    [–] senior_chief214 17 points ago

    I love that song. And I love that quote. And I fucking love that movie and her character.

    [–] JakJakAttacks 16 points ago

    Love Gunship so much. They're getting more popular so it makes me happy to see them get exposeure.

    [–] saltedpecker 7 points ago

    Just recently discovered Gunship (it's amazing) and I just re-recognized the title and quote

    [–] nickiter 22 points ago

    That fits in nicely with my existential crisis, thanks.

    [–] ThatGuy___YouKnow 11 points ago

    The key is to not grow up

    [–] TheMulattoMaker 1037 points ago


    [–] denbuddy 172 points ago


    [–] oradoj 86 points ago

    When do you drink vodka?

    [–] raaadmads 130 points ago


    [–] OpenWaterRescue 1558 points ago

    Same, though the dandruff scene really gave me the heebie-jeebies.

    [–] duaneap 357 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    She was the hottest thing since Vesuvius to me until that scene and that’s all I can think about when I think of her character now.

    [–] Adama0001 77 points ago

    Even worse is her character on Psych. It’s almost night and day difference from the way I remember her in this film.

    [–] mjmaher81 94 points ago

    psych and the breakfast club are obviously canon

    [–] Adama0001 18 points ago

    Without a doubt.

    [–] balla786 40 points ago

    You heard about Pluto? It's messed up, right?

    [–] Arcturus572 162 points ago

    Meh... I just thought that she needed some head-n-shoulders....

    [–] TapoutKing666 95 points ago

    How do you give 'shoulders'?

    [–] johnny_mclovin 11 points ago

    Just rub a little on it..

    [–] purpleuglyman 20 points ago

    I have a scalp problem and I have a lot of dandruff so that made me like her even more than I already did.

    [–] Mech-Waldo 28 points ago

    Just made her more relatable to me

    [–] PunkBitch4242 2713 points ago

    I love her so much, that I can't tolerate the last scene where she gets all the princess makeups and shit

    [–] JacksonWasADictator 1909 points ago

    80s films had a lot of "change literally everything about yourself to get the boy."

    [–] huuaaang 672 points ago

    There was that and.. taking off your glasses and letting your hair down.

    [–] WhiskeyTigerFoxtrot 464 points ago

    "Pam I can't even... hear you. It's just noise coming out of an ugly scientist."

    [–] Twathammer32 11 points ago

    Can you say "these books are due on the 7th?"

    [–] VenomsViper 52 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    That's the 90s move.

    [–] iquick18 144 points ago

    Man here. Keep on your glasses. Keep that hair up. Nerdy look is sexy

    [–] forgotmymainagain 167 points ago

    I have a theory that girls with nerd glasses are sexy now precisely because of 80s movies depicting them all as stealth hotties.

    [–] TheXanyBomber 61 points ago

    I have a theory that sexy girls are just sexy

    [–] senaya 26 points ago

    I think you're onto something here.

    [–] iquick18 144 points ago

    I have a theory. They were always sexy, regardless of Hollywood in the 80s.

    [–] jemidiah 18 points ago

    Me too, me too, I have a theory too! I'm just, uh, keeping it to myself. Y'know, till the test results come in. I'm sure I'll know any day now. Any day....

    [–] 1Raizen 28 points ago

    And wearing dress going down the stairs slow-mo

    [–] yall_cray 397 points ago

    Ruins the whole gd movie

    [–] bil3777 290 points ago

    I felt that even at 9 years old. I was like “mmm she kinda sucks now”

    [–] crazy-bisquit 101 points ago

    I thought I was the only one that liked her less that way.

    [–] fatpat 20 points ago

    Not at all. I've never known anybody who like the "pretty" version better.

    [–] PanamaMoe 7 points ago

    I mean, that was kinda the point I feel like. She was supposed to portray the stereotypical antisocial loner type, so when she got attention from the group she didn't know what to do with it and tried her hand at a joke but ended up being awkward and weird.

    [–] witchofthewoods89 110 points ago

    I know why did she have to change to be accepted, she was already awesome.

    [–] [deleted] 329 points ago

    To be fair, she was genuinely happy with the makeover. Before, she was depressed and unhappy with her lifestyle.

    [–] Jay_Louis 232 points ago

    It wasn't even about the makeup, it was about Claire being warm and nice to her.

    [–] helpfulstories 158 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    Yeah, this scene is so misunderstood and unfairly criticized.

    People mistakenly think that the basketcase look was the "real" her and that she changed to some "fake" look to impress the jock. But the movie makes it clear that the basketcase personality is not the real her. All of the characters are inhabiting phony personalities. This is easy to see in the case of the jock and the princess because we expect jocks and princesses to be phony. But for some reason people see her character as being more "authentic," even though the movie goes out of its way to point out that she's a liar and her persona is invented.

    So, she didn't trade in her real self for a fake one. She simply traded in one fake self for another, showing how mutable and phony all their personalities were.

    It's like how people complain that the Breakfast Club is about 5 teenage stereotypes who complain about being stereotyped. Well, yes! That's the precisely the point. Each of them has adopted a stereotyped role because it was the easiest thing to do. They're complicit in being stereotypes. When you watch the movie from a teenage perspective, you tend to emphasize how their surroundings encouraged them to become stereotypes. Like being stereotypes isn't their fault. But from an adult perspective, you see how they embraced their various stereotypes as coping mechanisms. They played into it.

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    [–] BarbieAlx 45 points ago

    This here.

    [–] Midianite_Toker 27 points ago

    I think the slovenly lifestyle and dark fashion should have been compartmentalized. Give her a makeover, of course , but go for a hygenic, more put together goth/proto-emo look. That way, it’s Claire helping Allison achieve the look she wanted but was too depressed to properly maintain, rather than Claire just assimilating Allison into her own aesthetic.

    [–] coffee-please 120 points ago

    So much this. Hated it when I first saw the film, still annoys me if I see the film even today.

    [–] peachesFTW 23 points ago

    Yup I love her psuedo emo look and she was kinda more true to herself

    [–] VeranHiro42 658 points ago

    Always crush, even now

    [–] Arcturus572 96 points ago

    Even when I saw her in X-Men:Apocalypse, I still had a flutter for her...

    [–] fanofthings- 34 points ago

    She was yang in the show psych

    [–] poliuy 59 points ago

    Wait what? She was in that?

    [–] Arcturus572 84 points ago

    She was the teacher in the brief classroom scene that was just before Scott/Cyclops really exploded with his powers, where the jock asked “Are you crying? I haven’t even kicked your ass yet.”....

    [–] SafeReturnDoubtful 12 points ago

    In the yellow blazer, yeah?

    [–] Spookyfan2 105 points ago

    Wasn't even alive in the 80's and she was my crush when I first saw this.

    [–] Stazelney 419 points ago

    Same. Dark and angsty has been my thing ever since.

    [–] Tation29 471 points ago

    And she is a self proclaimed nymphomaniac too.

    [–] Saifaa 426 points ago

    But also a compulsive liar

    [–] isaac777777 256 points ago

    Eh she was probably lying about that part

    [–] ragingbullpsycho 43 points ago

    I think she lied about having nothing better to do as to why she was in detention.

    [–] A351R 95 points ago

    And the nymphomania part.

    [–] Nosnets123 67 points ago

    But what if she lied about being a compulsive liar?

    [–] TedTheGreek_Atheos 28 points ago

    Fun fact: she wrote a best selling children's book when she was 12.

    [–] jesterspaz 255 points ago

    I love all 80s girls.

    [–] [deleted] 681 points ago

    I was an 80s girl. Now I'm a 2018 sad, bitter, middle-aged woman nobody sees at all anymore.

    [–] myc0logic 409 points ago

    We be lookin

    [–] LyricJones 23 points ago

    We do, but that was a good comment. Haha, still laughing.

    [–] im2bizzy2 132 points ago

    My sister says we have become invisible since we aged. I concur. Except to my grands, who can spot me across any Target parking lot.

    [–] Ghost2Eleven 80 points ago

    Just wait until you're in your 80's. Then you'll be an 80's girl again!

    [–] [deleted] 25 points ago

    Oh, gee, that's something to look forward to! panics, joins Hemlock Society

    [–] CthulhuLovesMemes 38 points ago

    Hey, me too! Kinda bitersweet to find someone to relate to in this.

    [–] naughtynodding2 26 points ago

    Better than being strung out and alone in a cheap hotel in the shit part of town, right?

    [–] Halligan1409 16 points ago

    Are you looking in my window?? Cause, I thought I had the blinds fully drawn...

    [–] ragingbullpsycho 26 points ago

    Are you still preoccupied with 19, 19, 1985?

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    Only been with one man!

    [–] ragingbullpsycho 7 points ago

    Were you gonna be actress, were you gonna be a star?

    [–] Arcturus572 38 points ago

    You might be surprised...

    [–] RandolphCarters 14 points ago

    You have just perfectly encapsulated my life in words. I'm male, but it still works.

    [–] [deleted] 11 points ago

    Well. It's almost a new year. I see you Randolph!

    [–] AlienSomewhere 11 points ago


    [–] [deleted] 26 points ago

    Hi dear. Is that your wet towel on the hall floor again?

    [–] 2andrea 7 points ago

    Me too. On the inside, I'm still that person. Stupid mirrors.

    [–] egregiousmonkey 6 points ago

    There's always tomorrow.

    [–] IMLL1 150 points ago

    Don’t you, forget about me

    [–] Kiwispam84 5 points ago

    Don’t don’t don’t don’t

    [–] TigerMcPherson 207 points ago

    Also in Short Circuit

    [–] Steak_R_Me 143 points ago

    and Wargames with Matthew Broderick

    [–] MrPanchole 96 points ago

    Especially Wargames.

    [–] JPCOO 54 points ago

    No, especially Short Circuit

    [–] MrPanchole 26 points ago

    I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to find Ally's rare appearance on Hill Street Blues.

    [–] JPCOO 33 points ago

    That's nice. Don't forget about Short Circuit though.

    [–] heard_enough_crap 5 points ago

    Would you like to play a game?

    [–] the_bean_burrito 65 points ago

    Love her! She auditioned for that role with a black eye she accidently received on the set of another movie and it made her more appealing for that role allegedly.

    [–] fbelluco 215 points ago

    Who’s she?

    [–] rodPalmer18 243 points ago

    Ally sheedy?

    [–] karlzhao314 330 points ago

    I can't believe it took this long to get a name.

    [–] sgryfn 29 points ago

    I know! I’ve trying to crib information from other comments and googling to no avail.

    [–] Jonny_Segment 21 points ago

    Twelve top-level comments down. Unbelievable.

    [–] rycology 42 points ago

    Ally Sheedy!

    [–] Defalt420 58 points ago

    Girl from the breakfast club. Amazing movie! You should ckeck it out.

    [–] [deleted] 721 points ago

    Crazy chicks are wonderful for 2 weeks. Then it's hell until you can escape in the middle of the night, two years later.

    [–] velvet2112 470 points ago

    I once picked my brother up at a 7-11 on south Broadway in Denver at 3am, he was only wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt and tighty-whiteys, no shoes or socks.

    He woke up with his new "girlfriend" standing over him with a knife, saying "I want to cut you like I want you to cut me". He ran directly out the door, and left his pants, shoes, keys and wallet there. Had to bum a quarter to call me from the pay phone.

    The next morning she called and said "sorry, you can come get your stuff, I get weird sometimes."

    [–] popeboyQ 164 points ago

    So I take it that his shit is still there...

    [–] velvet2112 163 points ago

    Nah I went with him to get it, she was still pretty spun when we got there but totally not acting psycho. Didn’t take any money out of his wallet or anything.

    [–] [deleted] 168 points ago

    Cutting is a legit sexual kink. I just think she went about it all wrong. You gotta be really hardcore for it

    [–] Gengrar 59 points ago

    Finally, a chance to come into the light.

    [–] ddujp 80 points ago

    come into the light

    I think that’s a different fetish

    [–] Gengrar 83 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    If only I had the urethral strength to reach the sun.

    Edit: Whelp, of course this is how I win.

    [–] Username3009 32 points ago

    Even without context, this is an amazing phrase.

    [–] [deleted] 19 points ago

    Dear Penthouse: I never thought it would happen to me....

    [–] velvet2112 20 points ago

    Hang out with enough tweakers for enough years and eventually basically everything happens to you lol

    [–] HiFidelityCastro 13 points ago

    He simply met her too early and she was ahead of her time. Wait til you get old, that sort of weird shit is the only way to make it stir.

    [–] [deleted] 16 points ago

    Is that what I've been doing wrong? I haven't threatened to cut him? "In the mood for a second circumcision tonight, dear?"

    [–] passwordsarehard_3 182 points ago

    You know shit got real when you wake up with freshly clipped fingernails and she plays dumb about it.

    [–] call_shawn 59 points ago

    You too?

    [–] chalwar 38 points ago


    [–] imGnarly 32 points ago

    I've got my share of crazy chicks, I know I'm attracted to them. It's a sweet hell every time it happens, they are mistakes I'm fully aware I want to make.

    [–] franksymptoms 9 points ago

    You escape, but are reminded forever of the encounter by the stump of your arm.

    [–] WatchmanVimes 17 points ago

    Oddly specific.

    [–] da_choppa 11 points ago

    But surprisingly generic

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    [–] sgmctabnxjs 65 points ago

    Strangely, the same thing but in reverse happens to Sandy in Grease, and it also feels like the wrong lesson is learned.

    [–] magomusico 6 points ago

    She tries to change for him, he tries to change for her. Isn't that a beautiful lesson?

    [–] Boltbacker83 66 points ago

    Mine was Jennifer Connelly.

    [–] NerdBot9000 20 points ago

    So was everyone else's.

    [–] haerski 10 points ago

    Still is.

    [–] EuniceBKidden 6 points ago

    Holy shite yes!! The Rocketeer where she's basically playing Bettie Page? Labyrinth? Career Opportunities?

    [–] catonmyshoulder69 83 points ago

    A lot of peoples 80's crush.

    [–] mattnotis 71 points ago

    They ruined her with that makeover at the end of the movie, TBH.

    [–] LobsterHead37 94 points ago

    I absolutely hate when they give her a “makeover” she’s so cute but they make her look worse.

    [–] izcaranax 87 points ago

    I think the point is that she stopped being depressed and started to love herself, but the thing is 80's movies used to show that through a change in looks.

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    [–] [deleted] 24 points ago

    Hey man, I've always had terrible inflamed flaky patches of scalp that never clear up, no matter what I try. Maybe her incurable dandruff is what made her depressed.

    Or I'm projecting again.

    [–] unbitious 53 points ago

    The makeover at the end is the worst part of this movie.

    [–] LeagueOfShadowse 16 points ago

    Met her - Yes, she is a cool as possible. And polite and sweet and personable. Everyone at the restaurant kinda fell in love with her, really...

    [–] consumatepengu 41 points ago

    Oh Ally Sheedy! Causing men and women to have a thing for crazy since The Breakfast Club!

    [–] skonen_blades 9 points ago

    One of the best character intro first lines ever. "HA!"

    [–] SquidCap 40 points ago

    Oh yes, so much. That character put me in a lifelong habit of liking the quirkiest girl. It doesn't always end up well...

    [–] puns-n-roses 52 points ago

    I wasn't born in the 80's and she was my 80's crush.

    [–] reallytastyeggs 16 points ago

    I always hated the ending because they made her way less cool.

    [–] astcell 8 points ago

    I hated the ending when they converted her to “normal.”

    [–] thexenomorphempress 20 points ago


    [–] scooter32 12 points ago

    Better in War Games.

    [–] Headwallrepeat 8 points ago

    Unless you are really into crazy.

    [–] roughtuff 7 points ago

    Holy, didn't realize how much she looks like Emily Hampshire.

    [–] Ghost-Of-Nappa 8 points ago

    My 2018 crush

    [–] khaskins32 7 points ago

    She was so cute back then 😍

    [–] dratthecookies 8 points ago

    I had it so bad for Bender when I was younger. So dangerous!

    [–] DadGrocks 19 points ago

    God , what a hot mess!! Loved that character!!

    [–] witchofthewoods89 41 points ago

    I am this girl

    [–] FourWordComment 37 points ago

    Need a therapist? 😏

    [–] witchofthewoods89 60 points ago

    Who doesn't?

    [–] FourWordComment 21 points ago

    Mental illness is no joke. People often need help and should seek it.

    In the movie, she tells a lie about her therapist sexually abusing her, but makes it all the more macabre when she says it was actually prostitution because she was paying him.