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Film Reviews by a Real Person, Not a Critic

The Breakfast Club

Title: The Breakfast Club
Year: 1985
Director: John Hughes
Starring Cast: Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy
Rated: R

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When you hear the Simple Minds’ song, “Don’t You Forget About Me,” what immediately comes to mind?

That’s right. The Breakfast Club.

Another brilliant, classic John Hughes film.

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December 21, 2005 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, John Hughes films | 5 Comments

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Title: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Year: 1986
Director: John Hughes
Starring Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones
Rated: PG-13

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The first time I watched this movie, I was in sixth grade. It was a particularly rainy Friday, so they decided to just make it a film day for the whole school. They cleared out all the tables and chairs in the cafeteria and we sat on the floor.

I thought at the time that it was the most brilliant movie ever made.

Not because it was so funny, not because I thought Matthew Broderick was cute, but because there were tips on how to fake being sick.

I actually took notes during the first ten minutes of the movie, as Ferris explains the proper way to fake an illness without going overboard.

The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It’s a good non-specific symptom. I’m a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you a good phoney fever is a deadlock, but you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor’s office–that’s worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and when you’re bent over, moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It’s a little childish and stupid, but then so is high school.

I thought that this guy was a GOD.

Over the years and even now I’d catch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on HBO or some other channel, and I still never tire of it.

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December 19, 2005 Posted by | Comedy, John Hughes films | 5 Comments