Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Final Results of the Breakfast Club Poll

Who ever said that basket cases finish last? In the recent "Breakfast Club" poll, Allison Reynolds (played by Ally Sheedy) was selected as your favorite detention denizen from the 1985 Brat Pack classic. At first, the results surprised me. However, after I thought about it, I could see why many others would have also voted for Allison (for me, it was between her and John Bender). Even though Allison was "dipped in different" (Cap'n Crunch/Pixie Stix sandwiches are murder on the teeth baby), you could see that she was a caring and likable person who just needed a little love. Plus, she was creative as hell. Although it was a bit on the gross side, I have to give Allison props for her use of dandruff flakes as "snow" on the picture she drew.

If you are a fan of "The Breakfast Club", you may have also done the same thing as me... wonder what happened to the characters when they grew up. I imagine that Allison grew up to be either an artist or a psychologist. Although she received a makeover from Claire at the end of the film, I think that style-wise she reverted to a modification of her original look ... after all, Allison did say that she "likes that black shit".

Here are the final results:

Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy)- 44%
John Bender (Judd Nelson)- 29%
Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald)- 14%
Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall)- 7%
Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez)- 3%

Below is a montage of clips from "The Breakfast Club" that spotlight Allison in all her quirky glory. The clip doesn't include any dialogue, but it does have the title track "Don't You Forget About Me" playing over it. If you've seen the film as many times as me, chances are you have the dialogue memorized anyway. Congratulations to You Tube user Javier Bautista for an outstanding job of putting this clip together.


The Rock Chick said...

YAY! I finally picked a winner this time!! It was hard to pick a favorite because the way the whole ensemble played off each other was what totally made that movie!

That movie was filmed at a high school (Maine North) right near my house, too. Jami Gertz actually attended high school there for two years before they closed the school. The building is now an Illinois State Police Station....just a little trivia for ya :)


kellyo75 said...

Oh she's good, too! The reason my emails bounced back is because I don't have aol. I have gmail!

FRIGGA said...

That movie rocks!! :D

Malcolm: said...

Jessica: I can see how picking one would be difficult for many. By the way, thanks for the trivia about Maine North High School.

Kellyo75: Thanks for explaining to me why I was having problems emailing you. I was thrown because in the Contact section of your profile, "AOL" is in parentheses after "kelodo75".

Frigga: Surprisingly, as many times as I've seen it... I haven't watched it in its entirety in years. I should just break down and get the DVD.

pjazzypar said...

That dandruff thing she did grossed me out. Seriously, I think everybody goes to school with kids like the ones in this movie and that is why the film strikes a cord with almost everybody. While attending high school, Allison and Bender are the ones that you are least likely to hang out with. However in retrospect as adults we want to root for the underdog and feel kind of embarrassed that we were so concerned with being cool that we did not reach and show some compassion.

Malcolm: said...

Pjazzy: No matter where any of us went to school, chances are that we knew (or knew of) kids like the ones in "The Breakfast Club". I think that Allison and Brian would be the two that most would least likely befriend (basket cases and nerds aren't necessarily social magnets). Although I liked Brian, Allison gets more sympathy from me because from what we saw, he at least had a somewhat stable and loving home life. When Allison got out of the car after being dropped off for detention, she tries to say goodbye to whoever was driving... but was greeted with the squealing sound of steel belted radials.

Holly Smith said...

I voted for Anthony Michael Hall, but I really liked Judd Nelson's acting. The way he eventually shared about his abusive father and everything was really well written. The dandruff thing was pretty nasty. :)

Malcolm: said...

Holly: Some people might laugh at this next statement, but I think that Judd's performance in "The Breakfast Club" was worthy of Oscar consideration. I remember a critic at the time saying this about both Judd and Emilio Estevez. The fact that "The Breakfast Club" was a "teen movie" may have hurt their chances of receiving Oscar noms.

David said...

What LP was the one that allison reynols had in the movie a little before lunch. please answer me.


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