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What's New Here? Quintessentially Eighties Given that the genre of teenpics has weathered the decades and the concerns of all teenagers everywhere at every moment are in fundamental ways the same, what is new in The Breakfast Club to make it capture our attention? How does it fulfill or alter the conventions of the genre? How does it speak to its era? The Breakfast Club is a movie about teens and for teens, but it also seems to be a message to parents. The film is rated "R," after all, so most of the "target audience" technically could not view it without a parent to purchase the ticket. Perhaps they would even sit through the show. Richard Corliss notes that Hughes, "has learned [teens'] dialect and decoded it for sympathetic adults" (90). Himself a Boomer, Hughes witnessed the struggles of the Breakfast Clubbers and tried not just to entertain but to issue an alert of sorts to their parents. In the 1970s and 80s, parents, though, were individuals first-highly likely to be divorced, and highly likely to be committed to careers. They were guided by books like Ourselves and Our Children (1978), which insisted that they consider themselves: "'Benefiting our children' they staunchly asserted, was 'not necessarily our first motivation'" (Howe 55). They were reassured that they should not shelter their children, they need not have all the answers. So they would have let their kids see "R" rated movies without asking why it was rated "R," had their kids bothered to ask permission. Latchkey kids and their friends knew very well that you could buy a ticket for a Disney flic and no one would pay attention to which of the fourteen theatres you sat down in. So as much as the message may have been needed, society was lacking in "sympathetic adults," and it was largely missed. Most adults who did see The Breakfast Club were less flattering than Corliss. While he noted "a

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