Mighty Red Pen

August 6, 2009

Demented and sad, but social

Filed under: Pop culture,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 7:48 pm
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In college, my roommate and I could send ourselves into giggles with our rapidfire recall of lines from “The Breakfast Club” (“PB and J with the crusts cut off. Did your mother marry Mr. Rogers?” “No, Mr. Johnson.” or another favorite, “Screws fall out all the time. The world’s an imperfect place.”). College roomie even owned (er, owns) a copy of the Breakfast Club script. When S. (age 6) learned to pull himself up in the crib, I proclaimed, “When S. gets up, we’ll all get up, it’ll be anarchy!”. And just the other day when someone gave someone the finger, I said, “Such obscene finger gestures from such a pristine girl.”

John Hughes, the author of these (and many other) memorable lines that captured some of the nuances of a certain kind of teen experience, died August 6 at age 59.  Did his movies touch you in any way? MRP invites you to share your favorite moments or lines from his films.

breakfast club

Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us…In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess… and a criminal…Does that answer your question?… Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.



  1. Bender (crawling in ceiling duct): Naked blonde walks into a bar with a poodle under one arm, and a two-foot salami under the other. The bartender says, I guess you won’t be needing a drink. Naked lady says… (falls)

    I still don’t know the end of that joke.

    Comment by David — August 7, 2009 @ 11:56 pm | Reply

  2. Oh! Oh! The best, best, best line in the movie — aside from all the others — is:

    Claire Standish: I don’t even have a psychiatrist.

    For /years/, my friends used that as slang for being a virgin.

    Comment by David — August 7, 2009 @ 11:59 pm | Reply

  3. I find some of the shortest lines to be the most fun, because they are easy to fit into everyday conversation.

    Forgot my pencil.

    So I can vote.

    No deal, SPORTO!

    I love his works.

    I expected more from a varsity letterman.

    Comment by Z — August 10, 2009 @ 8:07 am | Reply

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