The Breakfast Club: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Simple Minds hit outshines synth-heavy '80s pop fluff.

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Positive Messages

Like the Breakfast Club film, this soundtrack album speaks to the loneliness, alienation, and confusion that teens and tweens commonly experience, and lets young people know that they are not alone in these feelings. In the film and in the music, the characters wonder whom to trust, but want to connect; their journey encourages young people to find their own kindred spirits.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters in the Breakfast Club film meet during weekend detention at school; they've all been punished for poor behavior. However, the movie and the soundtrack become about the kids understanding one another despite their apparent differences, and connecting emotionally, showing the way teens from different social groups/cliques may have more in common than they think.

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One song on the Breakfast Club soundtrack, "Heart Too Hot to Hold," has a few somewhat sexual lines. The singer asks, "Can I hold you in my dreams? / Keep your body close to me," "Will I make your body cry?" and "Can I take you home tonight?"

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Breakfast Club soundtrack album includes Simple Minds' hit song "Don't You Forget About Me" and several other songs that reflect the emotions of lonely, alienated teens. The music, like the film, sends a strong message that teens and tweens are not as alone as they may feel, and that kindred spirits may be found in unexpected situations. The album lyrics contain a few lines with sexual overtones, but otherwise this emotional collection contains no offensive content.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byItalyJapan9 May 1, 2018

Catchy Tunes

The 80s has some great song. They are fun and enjoyable songs.

What's the story?

The soundtrack album to the film The Breakfast Club (1985) is most notable for the song "Don't You Forget About Me," which became a No. 1 smash for new wave band Simple Minds. This track, and the other songs on the album, reflect the feelings of alienation and loneliness, and fear of trusting, that the film characters -- and many real-life teens -- experience. Though the other songs on the soundtrack album are far less memorable than Simple Minds' hit single, the album made it into the Top 20 on Billboard's album chart mainly on the strength of that one iconic song.

Is it any good?

Purchasing the Breakfast Club soundtrack album is more like buying a single. Simple Minds' new wave smash "Don't You Forget About Me" is a memorable, wonderful song, particularly in contrast with the dated '80s filler on the rest of the album. Jim Kerr's deep, haunting vocal is quite powerful, and the arrangement makes spare, dramatic use of those telltale '80s synths that are abused so unfortunately on the fluff that all serves as a sort of B-side to the Simple Minds.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the most memorable song on the album, "Don't You Forget About Me" and how it fits in with the film. What is the character in the song feeling? Can you relate?

  • "Fire in the Twilight" is about who has power and who's to be trusted. Do you ever feel like you don't know whom to trust?

  • The song "We Are Not Alone" is about how trusting each other leads to a deeper connection. What is meant by the line: "Just imagine my surprise / When I looked into your eyes and saw / Your disguise"?

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