Haaaave you met Darla over at She’s a Maineiac?
She’s in Maine. Hence her blog name: Maineiac. All that you really need to know about her is that she’s awesome. And…she does celebrity impressions. Vlog, Vlog, Vlog…. Are you chanting? Please tell me I’m not the only one chanting.
Without further ado, may I present to you her Movies Teach Us post.
I just finished the first year in my pursuit of another college degree. Going back to school at my age brought up many long-buried memories of high school. Now that final exams are over, I decided nothing could cheer me up more than watching one of my favorite movies for the millionth time. Its life lessons have stood the test of time.
Things I Learned About Life from the movie The Breakfast Club
- When drawing a winter landscape scene, dandruff is a great substitute for snow.
- Never eat your fingernails during detention because the sound is deafening and will only earn you one of Bender’s patented glares.
- Never try to prop open a heavy door with a flimsy chair.
- You’re super cool only if you wear fingerless gloves and a red bandana wrapped around your boots.
- If you want to get a rise out of a man, simply accuse him of wearing tights in public.
- When discussing your detention and a teacher asks you, “Do you want another one?” always answer: “So” or “Yes” or “Eat my shorts” or “Not even close, bud.” Always emphasize the word ‘bud’. Teachers love that.
- You can light your cigarette using your shoe.
- You can light your cigarette using your teeth.
- Ripping pages from a book and angrily putting cards back in the card catalog means you’re a rebel.
- If you repeatedly ask a girl, “Are you a virgin?” be prepared to have Emilio Estevez pile-drive your face into the floor.
- When you’re really fed up with school, just go to the gym and play some angry basketball. Wearing only one sneaker.
- Cigarette smoking helps kids from all social backgrounds bond.
- If you want to be considered ‘kooky’ just wear dark eyeliner and a giant parka, give the Crazy Eyes a lot and steal everyone’s wallets.
- When all the injustices in high school bring you down and you feel like you’ve lost all hope: Dance.
- The jock will kiss you, but only if you ditch the parka and get Molly Ringwald to slap some makeup on you.
- Even if you have to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention, in the end you will find out that each one of us is each one of us: the jock, the criminal, the basket case, the princess. So we’re all the same on the inside. Or something like that. I guess. Whatever.
May 22nd, 2013 at 7:32 am
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May 22nd, 2013 at 7:35 am
Huh. There was quite a bit of smoking of things in this movie, wasn’t there. Oh and Darla . . . I hate to tarnish your reputation as a Pristine Girl, but I’m pretty sure they weren’t smoking cigarettes. But that’s ok, according to Babs, that’s not a drug. So it’s ok. Smoke up, Johnny!!
May 22nd, 2013 at 7:44 am
Those weren’t cigarettes? I guess I was too stoned to realize that, Misty (or I just need better eyeglasses). No wonder they were dancing so very horribly. God, I’m so sheltered!
May 22nd, 2013 at 7:37 am
Vlog, vlog, vlog, vlog!!! Oh wait, what are we talking about here?
Do I really have to give up my parka???
(This was awesome, DP.)
May 22nd, 2013 at 7:45 am
Y’know, I really need to do another vlog right away. Do some stellar impressions of Bender.
May 22nd, 2013 at 12:17 pm
I would pay money to see that!
May 22nd, 2013 at 8:10 am
So, I hate to even bring this up as a child of 40 years now, but this is one of those movies I’ve never seen from start to finish. I’ve seen bits and pieces of it, but couldn’t tell you the point other than some teens are apparently in detention? I was more of a 16 Candles guy. You couldn’t beat a movie with a funny Chinese dude back then!
What are you studying, Darla? You’re what used to be called a “non-traditional” student. Do they still use that label? I hated them in class because they were actually trying to learn and would prolong class by asking questions and what not. Don’t be that person!
May 22nd, 2013 at 9:40 am
Oh, now this movie doesn’t compare to Sixteen Candles. God, I loved that movie. Another movie I liked even better was Weird Science. I do a great impression of Anthony Michael Hall stone cold drunk.
I am a medical assistant student. And I do not ask questions of the teacher. I’ve learned to just sit there with my eyes glazed over like the other students (who could all be my kids, I’m old enough)
May 22nd, 2013 at 8:34 am
haha, your humor is awesome. Eat my shorts, bud (emphasis on bud). I think I will say that sometime this week.
May 22nd, 2013 at 9:41 am
I watch this movie now and Judd Nelson hardly seems as threatening or tough as he did when I was a teenager. BUD.
May 22nd, 2013 at 9:03 am
I always wondered why Judd Nelson looked like such an old high school student. . .
May 22nd, 2013 at 9:41 am
He reminds me of The Fonz. A older dude trying to pretend he’s young and cool.
May 22nd, 2013 at 9:32 am
Thoughtsy, I always enjoy the Things I’ve learned from movies posts that you often do. This one’s hilarious, too. Can you imagine if, really, kids grew up only learning about life from movies and nothing else? Okay, maybe TV, too? Well, could be interesting to find out. Thanks for introducing us to Maineiac. 🙂
May 22nd, 2013 at 9:43 am
I have to admit when I was watching this movie last week, I had my little notebook ready to jot down all the lessons and I filled up several pages within ten minutes. This was the condensed version.
May 22nd, 2013 at 9:40 am
This movie got featured in a toast at my wedding. Sadly, “East my shorts, bud,” wasn’t the part that got highlighted.
May 22nd, 2013 at 9:45 am
Ooh, that is so cool. But you’re right, saying to your husband, “I do….BUD,” would have been even more romantic.
May 22nd, 2013 at 9:59 am
Vlog, vlog, vlog!
Love your take on this, Miss Coolypants. Don’t forget that really cool chicks put on lipstick with their cleavage. That’s one hint that has really worked for me.
May 22nd, 2013 at 10:56 am
Hm…maybe there will be a future vlog of me twirling baton while putting on lipstick with my cleavage…
May 22nd, 2013 at 1:15 pm
I now have a reason to carry on.
May 22nd, 2013 at 11:03 am
Favorite line: “Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe every night?”
This movie is priceless. And much of the reason why I loved Pitch Perfect so much. Because they sing the credit song.
May 23rd, 2013 at 5:44 am
It is a priceless movie, Jess! One of those flicks that just takes me right back to another place and time. A place where Judd Nelson was actually considered cool.
May 22nd, 2013 at 12:23 pm
I learned that teenagers are totally smarter than dim-wit middle age high school teachers.
And that bologna sticks nicely to the ceiling.
May 23rd, 2013 at 5:45 am
Oh, back then us teens were totally smarter, dude. High school was such a simpler time back then full of simple teachers who thought they could prop a door open with a chair.
May 22nd, 2013 at 12:59 pm
I never watched this movie. Now I know it’s lessons and don’t have to. Thanks Darla!
May 23rd, 2013 at 5:46 am
You are quite welcome. Bud.
May 22nd, 2013 at 1:28 pm
•You can light your cigarette using your shoe. •You can light your cigarette using your teeth.
I remember taking a few “light anywhere” matches from my friend’s house and lighting one on my jeans zipper while I was waiting for my Driver’s Ed teacher (also the shop teacher) to show up. This was back in the days when we took Driver’s Ed at our high school, and some poor schlep teacher had the job of taking us out for drives. Anyway, I was in a hallway, and after I blew out the match, I threw it on the floor. Pretty soon, someone from the nearest office came scurrying out, looking for fire because she had smelled the match. She asked me about it and I acted like I couldn’t even smell it. Then she saw the burned wooden stick on the ground. I said, Oh, I just got here. Someone must have done that and gone out the door (as we were right by an exit door). So, my lesson was to lie my butt off and look innocent. It will get you far in life.
Great lessons, Darla!
May 23rd, 2013 at 5:46 am
You were such a rebel back then! I love it!!
May 23rd, 2013 at 11:26 am
I still am, but these days I fight the system.
May 22nd, 2013 at 3:27 pm
OMG I loved where he lit it using his teeth… Though immediately my mum told me not to try 😉
Choc Chip Uru
May 23rd, 2013 at 5:47 am
Apparently, Judd Nelson was talented in so many ways.
May 22nd, 2013 at 6:14 pm
Breakfast Club always has a special place in my heart. My brother and I would recite Bender’s impression of his house endlessly. What about you, dad?
May 23rd, 2013 at 5:48 am
Such a touching scene there, really tugged at my ol’ heart strings. Poor Bender.
May 22nd, 2013 at 10:38 pm
I especially like that last comment. The flippant nature of it made it seem like it was coming straight from the character’s mouth.
I’d still be afraid of being pile-driven by Emilio Estevez. He was the voice of the Elusive Man in Mass Effect. Quite terrifying that guy.
May 23rd, 2013 at 5:48 am
He comes from a terrifying family. If I ever came across him or his brother Charlie in a dark alley, I’d run for my life.
May 23rd, 2013 at 11:25 pm
Ugh. Someone beat me to “Bologna sticks to the ceiling.” When I found this post I couldn’t wait to add that. Now my day is ruined.
I’ve probably watched Breakfast Club 30 or 40 times in my lifetime, and I always enjoy it. I was originally going to say a hundred times, as that is usually my default answer, but the truth is the only movies I’ve actually watched that many times (or more) were made by someone called George Lucas and came out between 1977 and 1983. (Yeah, I’m one of those guys.)
May 24th, 2013 at 7:32 am
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May 24th, 2013 at 8:40 am
True that to all in your witty post. Cheers.
May 30th, 2013 at 5:43 am
It’s also good to remember, if you’re ever trying to get somewhere before the teacher, to slide on the slick hallway floors. That allows you to pick up speed, and reduces footstep sounds.
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