“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” / “The Breakfast Club” or: Coming of age

You see us as you want to see us…in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at seven o’clock this morning. We were brainwashed…

When I saw “Spider-Man: Homecoming” I thought that that was a good movie, not because of the action or a explicit lesson. Then I realize that this is an old formula: A “Coming of age” movie.


You see, this one is the same formula for films like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “The Breakfast Club”. Is about the transition of a the character from young to an adult. The screenplay must have comedy to make enjoyable the drama underneath. Even there are easter eggs from Ferris Bueller in Spiderman (also in “Deadpool“), like this article says. The essentials of 80’s are trying to find a way here with the Millennials. Even we have the series “Stranger Things” that is a 80’s tribute. And if you have 31 minutes after reading this, I recommend you to watch “Kung Fury“.

Once I read an article that explains how the last decade we saw movies that were bad to worst. Maybe trying to make money from simple ideas but with more CGI, even the old ones with the reboots, remakes, sequels and prequels. But we keep consuming the new movies and the old ones, trying to find some similitude or to fill that void in our hearts.


The feeling of the 80’s movies is a simple history trying to explain a more intense idea and to impress the audience with less. We have a group of actors in those times that represent the 80’s, “The Brat Pack“. They initiated with the film “The Breakfast Club”, directed by the iconic John Hughes.

Specially, “The Breakfast Club” has little approximations on topics like domestic violence, the thug world beyond high-school, drugs, love, sex, low self-esteem, etc. Prove is that most of the movie goes around the character of Bender (the criminal) is in an spiral to decaying, and they compared with an non-tolled history of the janitor (who is in the old academic honor board in the beginning of the movie). The movie concludes that everyone is more than just an stereotype or a tag name. We can change our future, we create our path, we can win in the end…





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