"Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club."

The Breakfast Club

I can remember exactly where I was, who I was with, how old I was, and even what I was wearing the first time I ever saw The Breakfast Club. I was in the third grade, sitting on my couch in my house with my family. I was wearing an entire blue and purple matching outfit and tennis shoes. I was intrigued. I had walked into my mom's room a few weeks prior to actually watching the movie in its entirety, when I saw her watching something about teenagers in detention for a whole day. At first description, it sounded so boring to me, a third grader who was more interested in Magic Tree House books and chocolate milk. However, as time passed, I gradually became more curious about the film. So, I told my mom and dad that I wanted to watch it. They must've rented it or something, but they got a hold of a copy, and we all sat down and watched it together.

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I didn't get up once for the entire duration of the film because I was taking in everything. It might've been a bad influence for me to have watched a rated R movie when I that young, but my parents overlooked it. I did, however, feel the slightest bit of awkwardness during parts that involved such things as curse words, smoking, looking up one's skirt, etc. Nevertheless, I was in awe. I had never seen anything like that before. I didn't know what to think. Then, it came to me. I loved it!

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I can't recall if I went to school and told all my friends about it, but I did allow that film to change my life. Before I had seen that movie, my choices for responses to the question 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' were spread far and wide. I had wanted to be a singer, a model, a fashion designer, an author, and even a ballerina. But, after seeing The Breakfast Club, I knew what I wanted to be: an actress. How had I never considered this before? I would go on to the fifth grade where one of our assignments was to write a paper and do a presentation on what we wanted to have as a job someday. I presented my actress dream, and I told everyone the same story I'm telling now, but with much less advanced vocabulary and way more Molly Ringwald pictures. The film wasn't the only thing that had inspired me, though. Molly Ringwald did, too.

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I wanted to be just like her. She was gorgeous, she was a phenomenal actress, and her hair was to die for. (Trust me, I've tried to convince my mom to let me cut my hair like her many a time, but have had little success.) Suddenly, I had an idol. I made it my mission to watch her entire filmography, and to model myself after her. She wasn't the only thing that inspired me, though. The soundtrack was flawless, the wardrobe was so stylish, and the dialogue was brilliant beyond its time. John Hughes truly created a masterpiece.

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Every little thing had to fall perfectly into place for me to view this film so long ago, and now here I am writing an article telling you who I think I am. You see me as you want to see me, in the simplest terms, and the most convenient definitions. But, what I found out, was that this film created me, and without it, I would never have been the same.

Thank you.