Thursday, May 24, 2012

My Fave Breakfast Club Character

Here’s a brief tribute to my favorite character on the classic ‘80s film The Breakfast Club:

NAME: Allison (aka, the "Basket Case") 

MOVIE: The Breakfast Club (1985) 

DESCRIPTION: That quiet loner freak who always sits by herself, apart from the others, and does strange incomprehensible things. (Sounds like my kind of person.)

WIERD, LONER STUFF SHE DOES: Sits alone, doesnt talk, chews fingernails and makes odd gestures and gutteral sounds at others. Throws luncheon meat onto bad modernistic sculpture thingy. Carries around a bag full of miscelaneous items.

CREATIVITY: She doodles a wintery country landscape on her desk, adds her own dandruff for snow. She looks quite pleased with herself when she does this. (Nice picture, too.)

HIDDEN TALENT: She can write with her toes. She can also eat, brush her teeth, and play heart and soul on the piano, all presumably with her her toes. (Or so she claims.)

CULINARY LIKES:Sandwich of pixie stick candy and what appears to be a sugary breakfast cereal. (Looks like Cap'n Crunch to me.)


"I always carry this much shit in my bag. You never know when 
you may have to jam."

"I dont have to run away and live in the street. I can 
run away and I can go to the ocean, I can go to the country, 
I can go to the mountains, I can go to Israel, Africa, Afrghanistan..."


Maybe this Breakfast Club post came in just in time. I just found out that May 25 is designated Nerd/Geek Pride Day.

As a fan of Nerd-and-Geek-dom I'll be celebrating myself. Not sure how, exactly. . . maybe by watching some Big Bang Theory or putting in a DVD of Revenge of the Nerds.

One the same subject: I've got a post lined up soon on one of my fave '80s sci-fi/nerd oriented/college/action flicks . . . Real Genius.  Its an '80s classic. Coming soon!! 


  1. Such a great movie--nice tribute! My favorite character was Judd Nelson's rebel...although I do not normally go for bad boys, a friend and I had a crush on him when we saw the movie.

  2. Pam-- I've always been a fan of the non-conformists, so the Judd Nelson character and the Anthony Michael Hall character were close runner ups. But there was something about the weirdness and loner-ness of the Ally Sheedy character that I always appreciated. John Hughes always seemed to have sympathy for the non-conformists, which is something I've always appreciated about his works.

  3. I think that's why that movie is much beloved among people of our generation, Lazlo. I've always felt like a non-conformist -- I didn't date at all while I was in high school, and my friends and I never "fit" into any one particular label...we were our own unique clique. I loved how by the end of this movie, all of these drastically different personalities connected and became friends. OK, I think I'm going to have to rent this one again soon...God bless John Hughes, he is missed.

  4. Pam-- I was very similar. I was very much a loner, and my best friends were fellow nonconformists, many from the Drama group which I was also a part of. I agree with you about John Hughes and his movies. He had a way of conveying teenage life in such a way that it both sympathized with the nonconformists and "outsiders," while at the same time appealing to the majority of teens. I feel blessed that I grew up with his movies playing in theaters, with his outsiders the heroes of teen-dom, so to speak.

  5. Great minds and all that - blogged about the movie myself recently. I like Allison's character too.

    I think this is what is so great about the movie, the depth and strength of characters. God I hope they don't remake it...

  6. Knee Deep-- You are so right about the depth of the characters. There were so many movies of that era, including the John Hughes movies, which illuminated teen life in a way that was both realistic and serious, yet also light hearted and fun. And the non-conformist characters, of which in the '80s there were many, were the best!