Family Movie Night

By Karyn Bowman

As the end of the school year gets closer, so does the thought of all of those parties and gatherings and fun times.

I know the kids are anxious for that day to get here. I believe there is a count down going on in my house for the end of school as eighth grade comes to a close.

This time period is so hard on kids (and teachers) that it reminded me of a great movie from when I was a teen.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off stars Matthew Broderick as that one cool kid who can get away with just about anything. He is the guy who is friends with everyone in high school. The one kids who has charmed various people so that he can get his way every day.

But this day, he decides to take the day off to go to Chicago for one of the first glorious days of summer. Along for the ride is his beautiful girlfriend, Mia Sara, and best bud, the morose Alan Ruck. They take Ruck’s father’s prized red convertible to make the day that much better.

It is one adventure after another with close calls and tough emotional decisions that must be made. Jennifer Gray also stars as Broderick’s sister who is always trying to bust him. Perhaps the best scene is the parade segment, maybe it is when Ferris is introducing himself or maybe it is the denouement when all is discovered and only a miracle can save Ferris.

I think it is the whole package that makes this movie magical and wonderful.

That is what makes The Breakfast Club wonderful as well. It is a movie filled with stereotypes. Each student being forced to serve a Saturday detention represents a group in high school. The nerd, the jock, the popular girl, the goth, the insolent troublemaker. Even the principal is a stereotype of a guy who wanted life to be different.

These five people do something that no one expects. They talk to each other and bond. They find what they have in common and what separates them from others. It is a movie that shakes school life down to the bare roots, exposes and replants them – changing our thinking along with these five kids.

John Hughes took his troupe featuring Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson and made real kids out of them. He created a classic that remains true about high school life through the years. Plus, there is a kick butt theme song. No movie about high school should be without one.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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