The Breakfast Club movie matched with, well… Breakfast!!!

Starring Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez & Judd Nelson

Rating 9/10


– High school detention on a Saturday! Who on earth could be that bad assed? Well a bunch of naughty high school students, that’s who.
– Bad boy, John Bender (Nelson), sporty fella, Andrew Clark (Estevez), smart geek-type, Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall), weirdo goth girl, Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) and last but not least, girlie princess-type, Claire Standish (Ringwald).
– At first it seems that this bunch of kids have absolutely nothing in common… or do they?
– Assistant principal, Richard Vernon (Paul Gleason) confines the kids in the library where he instructs them to write an essay about who they think they are! Deep.
– But Bender hates Vernon and starts to cause trouble in the group by teasing Brian, Andrew and Claire.
– Hours pass by while the students continue to bicker and eventually smoke some marijuana then things get really personal.
– All their lies and deepest, darkest secrets come flying out of them and they start to bond. Awww. They share their painful relationships with their parents and how they’re determined not to turn out like them.
– As the day draws to a close, they all worry about losing the precious bond they’ve formed. Brian decides to write the essay but not as Vernon asked. Instead writing about how kids shouldn’t be stereotyped into cliques but seen as individuals and signs it, “The Breakfast Club”. Then they leave, some with a bit of a kissy!

Brekkie dish 1:

Although they didn’t strictly eat breakfast, let’s cook up some brekkie goodness anyway. It’s more fun that way. Let’s start with yummy Bircher Muesli recipe from Ninemsn Food.


This is a classic 80s movie starring some of the famous brat pack. It may sound a little lacking in action, but this movie is driven by the fantastic characters, by their emotional stories. It’s mesmorising! I love Molly Ringwald. I’m trying desperately to convince my 12-year-old niece that Molly is super-cool, because, back in the day, she was!

Then there are the handsome fellas: Judd, Emilio and…Anthony (to a point). It’s a classic because it’s familiar. Everyone who has attended high school can relate to at least one character. Whether you are/were a bad boy, princess, geek or you knew people who were, you get it! The best thing is that this film is not content with cliches, but digs beneath the surface to what’s going on behind the mask of each of the characters. That, in essence, they are all the same, with the same struggles, same arguments with their parents and  the same fears, hopes and dreams.

All performances are solid, except maybe the teacher’s (a little OTT) but it’s an 80s movie so overacting is forgivable. You’ll love the clothes, the depth and the now-super-old-then-super-young actors. A lovely trip down memory lane and a great teen angst movie!

Brekkie dish 2:

Our second lovely breakfast dish is something I had on for Boxing Day a few years ago. It’s the very delish Breakfast Pizza with Turkey Bacon and Spinach, Fontina and Gruyere, and an Egg from Curly Kitchen Girl.

The Breakfast Club trivia:

  • Budget – $1,000,000
  • The scene where all the characters are sitting on the floor together was totally unscripted.
  • Director John Hughes had a falling out with Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald. I wonder what happened there!
  • Apparently Nelson was negative towards Ringwald when the cameras weren’t rolling.
  • The set of the library was made in the gym of Maine North High School.
  • The film was rehearsed like a play from beginning to end several times before filming began.
  • The screenplay was written by John Hughes in only two days. Crazy good!
  • The ages of the stars ranged from 17-26-years-old at the time of filming.
  • Jodie Foster was up for the role of Claire and Brooke Shields was considered to play Allison.
  • Director John Hughes makes a cameo as Brian’s father at the end of the movie.

Brekkie dish 3:

Let’s finish off with a sugary flourish with this amazing recipe: Chocolate and Banana French Toast with Salted Caramel from Gourmet Traveller.

What’s your favourite 80’s movie?

More great film and food combos to try:

* A Christmas Story film paired with festive family food
* The Nativity Story movie matched with traditional dishes
* Top 10 Christmas films matched with my fave Christmas recipes