Top 3 Right Now: Robyn’s Top 3 “Brat Pack” Movies

This week we’re featuring a list from Robyn, our teen services guru at our Snohomish community library. These are her top 3 “Brat Pack” movies – specifically, her favorites to watch in the morning while she’s camping.

Here’s Robyn camping!

Take it away, Robyn!

“[These are] the top 3 DVDs I like to plug into my laptop when I take a long camping trip. These movies are a standout for movie stars in their earlier years, and each of these movies depicts real life teen drama that was then, and is still true today. Some mornings by the lake just call for a fresh cup of coffee and a great ‘brat packed’ drama.

The Breakfast Club The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes. It stars Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy as teenagers who think they have nothing in common except spending a Saturday in detention with their strict assistant principal. What I really liked about this film is that it stresses the importance of spending time getting to know others before making judgements! (OK, I’m preaching here, haha!) After a whole day together, these teens realized they could be their selves and respect their peers who were different, thus making a completely new group of friends from different cliques. Universal Pictures released the film in cinemas in the United States on February 15, 1985. It received critical acclaim yet it only earned $51.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a free-spirited romp, a devil-may-care respite from grueling dailiness. It pits the quick and nonchalant Bueller vs. the school’s grim dean. It’s a hilarious duel, even though it’s about as one-sided as a Harlem Globetrotters game. Bueller is always several steps ahead of parents, local authorities and teachers and even though some of his day’s escapades are a bit unbelievable, they strike all the right escapist chords. Another film from John Hughes (1986) and a cast of movie brats including Mattew Broderick certainly entertain the notion that skipping school just might prove educational. I appreciate that this film is about taking a day off; it is a one-time thing; no sequels, no prequels, and literally, telling the story of just one day. The degree of realism in how the story is portrayed is up to the viewer, but most people suspend their disbelief, sit back, and follow Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane around Chicago. It’s is a small time commitment, you’re immediately invested into the characters due to Ferris’s fourth-wall-breaking and Cameron’s relatability, and the story wraps up neatly so you feel like you have taken a play day with the gang, and really aren’t wanting more.

The Outsiders

I love this cast; it is to die for! The Outsiders is an incredible, hard-hitting film, one of a kind gang movie that shows that even though you may not know all of life’s answers, you will always have your friends to help you find them. I especially like that the film stresses family, but allows the characters to find their individuality within their gang family. Portrayed in a believable and moving way, the brat pack cast includes Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, C. Thomas Howell and Rob Lowe. However, Ralph Macchio stands out in this film as Johnny Cade. The film is an adaption of a classic novel by S.E. Hinton who was just 16 when the novel published in 1967. It was also her first novel.”


Excellent choices, Robyn!
Stay tuned next week when Lindsey from our Freeland community library will give us her top 3 recent reads, too.


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