The Breakfast Club (1985) Script

(music)Hey, hey, hey, hey (music)

(music) Ooh (music)

(music) Ooh-whoa (music)

(music) Won't you come see about me (music)

(music)I'll be alone dancing, you know it, baby (music)

(music) Tell me your troubles and doubts (music)

(music) Givin'me everything inside and out and (music)

(music)Love's strange So real in the dark (music)

(music) Think of the tender things that we were working on (music)

(music)Slow change may pull us apart (music)

(music) When the light gets into your heart, baby (music)

(music)Don't you (music)

(music)Forget about me (music)

(music)Don't, don't don't, don't (music)

(music)Don't you (music)

(music)Forget about me (music)

(music) Will you stand above me (music)

(music)Look my way but never love me (music)

(music)Rain keeps fallin' Rain keeps fallin'(music)

(music)Down, down, down (music)


[Boy] Saturday, March 24, 1984.

Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062.

"Dear Mr. Vernon...

"We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention...

"for whatever it was we did wrong.

"What we did was wrong...

"but we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we are.

"What do you care?

"You see us as you want to see us...

"in the simplest terms, with the most convenient definitions.

"You see us as a brain...

"an athlete, a basket case...

"a princess...

"and a criminal.


"That's the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning.

We were brainwashed. '

I can't believe you can't get me out of this. [Sighs]

It's so absurd I have to be here on a Saturday.

It's not like I'm a defective or anything.

I'll make it up to you.

Honey, ditching class to go shopping doesn't make you a defective.

Have a good day.

Is this the first time or last time we do this? Last.

Well, get in there and use the time to your advantage.

Mom, we're not supposed to study. We have to sit there and do nothing.

Well, mister, you figure out a way to study. Yeah.

Well, go.

Hey, I screwed around.

Guys screw around. There's nothing wrong with that... except you got caught, sport. Yeah, Mom already reamed me.

You want to miss a match? You want to blow your ride?

Now, no school is gonna give a scholarship to a discipline case.

[Tires Skid]


Well, well. Here we are.

I wanna congratulate you for being on time.

Excuse me, sir? I think there's been a mistake.

I know it's detention but, um, I don't think I belong in here.

It is now 7:06.

You have exactly eight hours and fifty-four minutes to think about why you're here.

Ponder the error of your ways. [Hawks, Spits]

[Gasps] You may not talk.

You will not move from these seats.

And you... will not sleep.

All right, people, we're going to try something a little different today.

We are going to write an essay... of no less than a thousand words...

describing to me who you think you are. Is this a test?

And when I say essay, I mean essay.

I do not mean a single word repeated a thousand times.

Is that clear, Mr. Bender? Crystal.

Good. Maybe you'll learn something about yourself.

Maybe you'll even decide whether or not you care to return.

Uh, I can answer that right now, sir.

That'd be no for me, 'cause... Sit down, Johnson.

Thank you, sir.

My office is right across that hall. Any monkey business is ill-advised.

Any questions?

Yeah. I got a question.

Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?

I'll give you the answer to that question, Mr. Bender, next Saturday.

Don't mess with the bull, young man, you'll get the horns.

That man is a brownie hound.

[Clicking Noise]

[Clicking Continues]

[Clicking Continues]

[Clicking Stops]

You keep eating your hand, you're not going to be hungry for lunch.

[Loud Click] [Spits]

I've seen you before, you know.

[Under Breath] Who I think I am.

Who are you?

Who are you?

I am a walrus.


It's the shits, huh?

[Nervous Chuckle, Clears Throat] [Paper Rustling]

[Music][music] [Humming]

I can't believe this is really happening to me.

Oh, shit!

What are we supposed to do if we have to piss? Please.

If you got to go, you got to go. [Zipper Unzips]

[Grunts] Oh, my God.

You're not urinating in here, man. Don't talk. Don't talk.

It makes it crawl back up. You whip it out, you're dead before the first drop hits.

You're pretty sexy when you get angry. [Growls]

Hey, homeboy, why don't you go close that door.

We'll get the prom queen impregnated.

Hey. Hey.!

What? If I lose my temper, you're totaled, man.

Totally? Totally.

Why don't you shut up? Nobody here's interested.

Really. Buttface.

Hey, sporto, what'd you do to get in here? Forget to wash your jock?

Uh, excuse me, fellas, I think we should just write our papers.

Just because you live in here doesn't give you the right to be a pain in the ass.

So knock it off! It's a free country.

He's just doing it to get a rise out of you. Just ignore him.


You couldn't ignore me if you tried.

So... so... are you guys like boyfriend-girlfriend?

Steady dates?


Come on, sporto. Level with me.

Do you slip her the hot-beef injection?

Go to hell! Enough!

Hey! What's going on in there?

Spoiled little pricks.


What do you say we close that door?

Can't have any kind of party with Vernon checking us every few seconds.

You know the door's supposed to stay open.

So what? So why don't you just shut up.

There's four other people in here, you know? God, you can count.

I knew you had to be smart to be a wrestler.

Who the hell are you to judge anybody anyway? Really.

[Boy] You know, Bender, you don't even count.

If you disappear forever, it wouldn't make any difference.

You may as well not even exist at this school.

Well, I'll run right out and join the wrestling team.

[Both Chuckle] Maybe the prep club too. Student council.

Nah. They wouldn't take you.

I'm hurt. You know why guys like you knock everything?

This should be stunning. Because you're afraid.

Oh, God. You richies are so smart. That's exactly why I'm not heavy in activities.

You're a big coward. I'm in a Math Club.

You're afraid that they won't take you, you don't belong, so you dump all over it.

Well, it wouldn't have anything to do with you activities people being assholes, would it?

Well, you wouldn't know. You don't even know any of us.

Well, I don't know any lepers either... but I'm not going to run and join one of their fucking clubs.

Hey, let's watch the mouth, huh? I'm in Physics Club too.

Excuse me a sec. What are you babbling about?

What I said was that I'm in the Math Club... uh, the Latin Club and the Physics Club... Physics Club.

Hey. Cherry.

Do you belong to the Physics Club?

That's an academic club. So?

Academic clubs aren't the same as other kinds of clubs.

Ah, but to dorks like him, they are.

What do you guys do in your club?

In physics, well, we talk about physics. Properties of physics.

So it's sort of social. Demented and sad, but social, right?

[Johnson] I guess you could consider it a social situation.

Um, I mean, there are other children in my club. And, uh... at the end of the year, we have, um, we have a big banquet at the Hilton.

You load up. You party.

No. We get dressed up, but we don't get high.

Only burners like you get high. And I didn't have any shoes, so I had to borrow my dad's.

It's weird 'cause my mom doesn't like me to wear other people's shoes.

My counsel kent... My cousin Kendall from Indiana, he got high once.

And, you know, he started eating, like, really weird foods.

Then he felt like he didn't belong anywhere, kind of like Twilight Zone, kinda?

[Laughs] Sounds like you. You guys keep up your talking and Vernon's gonna come in.

I got a meet this Saturday, and I'm not gonna miss it on account of you boneheads.

Oh, and wouldn't that be a bite? [Grunts]

Missing a whole wrestling meet?

You wouldn't know anything about it, faggot.

You never competed in your whole life.

[Mock Crying] Oh, I know. I feel all empty inside because of it.

I have such a deep admiration for guys who roll around on the floor with other guys.

You'd never miss it. You don't have any goals. Oh, but I do.

I want to be just like you.

I figure all I need's a lobotomy and some tights.

You wear tights?

No, I don't wear tights.

I wear the required uniform. Tights.

Shut up.

[Snorts] Woo!

[Johnson] There's not supposed to be any monkey business.

Young man, have you finished your paper?

[Boy] Come on, Bender. Don't screw around.

What are you going to do? Drop dead, I hope.

[Water Running]

[Shouts, Indistinct] All right!

Bender, that's-that's school property there, and it doesn't belong to us.

It's something not to be toyed with. That's very funny. Fix it.

You should really fix that. Am I a genius?

No, you're an asshole. Fix the door, Bender. What a funny guy.

Everyone, just shh. I've been here before. I know what I'm doing.

[Boy] No. Fix the door.! [Bender] Shut up.!

Goddamn it.!

Why is that door closed?

Why is that door closed? How are we supposed to know? We're not supposed to move.

Why? We're just sitting here like we're supposed to.

Who closed that door?

I think a screw fell out of it. It just closed, sir.

Who? [Squeaks]

She doesn't talk, sir. [Girl Squeaks]

[Vernon] Give me that screw. I don't have it.

You want me to yank you out of that seat?

I don't have it. Screws fall out all the time. The world's an imperfect place.

Give it to me, Bender.

Excuse me, sir. Why would anybody want to steal a screw?

Watch it, young lady.

[Door Opens]

The door's way too heavy, sir.

[Vernon] Damn it.! [Clattering]

Andrew Clark, get up here.

[Snaps Fingers] Come on. Front and center. Let's go.

Hey, how come Andrew gets to get up? That's right.

If he gets up, we'll all get up. It'll be anarchy.!

Watch-Watch the magazines. It's out of my hands.

That's very clever, sir, but what if there's a fire?

I think violating fire codes and endangering the lives of children... would be unwise at this juncture in your career, sir.

All right. What are you doing with this? Get this out of here, for God's sake.

What's the matter with you? Come on.

You know, the school comes equipped with fire exits at either end of the library.

Show Dick some respect. Let's go.

Go. Get back in your seat.

I expected a little more from a varsity letterman.

You're not fooling anybody, Bender.

The next screw that falls out is gonna be you.

Eat my shorts. What was that?

Eat... my... shorts.

You just bought yourself another Saturday, mister.

Oh, I'm crushed. You just bought one more right there.

Well, I'm free the Saturday after that. Beyond that, I'll have to check my calendar.

Good! Because it's gonna be filled. We'll keep going.

You want another one? Say the word. Just say the word.

Instead of going to prison, you'll come here.

Are you through? No.

I'm doing society a favor. That's another right now. So?

I've got you for the rest of your life if you don't watch your step.

You want another one? Yes.

You got it.! You got another one right there. That's another one, pal.

Cut it out!

[Mouthing] Stop. You through?

Not even close, bud.

You got one more right there. You really think I give a shit?


You through? How many is that?

That's seven, including the one when you asked Mr. Vernon here... whether Barry Manilow knew he raided his closet.

Now it's eight. Stay out of it. Excuse me, sir. It's seven.

Shut up, peewee.

You're mine, Bender. For two months, I got ya.

I got ya.

What can I say? I'm thrilled.

Oh, I sure that's exactly what you want these people to believe. You know something?

You ought to spend a little more time trying to do something with yourself... and a little less time trying to impress people.

You might be better off. All right. That's it!

I'm gonna be right outside those doors.

The next time I have to come in here, I'm cracking skulls.

Fuck you!



Wake up!

Who has to go to the lavatory?

That's real intelligent. You're right.

It's wrong to destroy literature.

It's such fun to read.


"Molay" really pumps my nads.


I love his work.

Big deal. Nothing to do when you're locked in a vacancy.

Speak for yourself.

Do you think I'd speak for you? I don't even know your language.

Hey, you grounded tonight?

I don't know. My mom said I was. My dad told me just to blow her off.

There's a big party at Stubby's. His parents are in Europe.

It should be pretty wild. Are you going to go? Yeah?

I doubt it. How come?

'Cause if I do what my mother tells me not to do, it's because my father says it's okay.

It's like this whole, big monster deal. It's endless. It's a total drag.

It's like, any minute, divorce.

Who do you like better? What?

You like your old man better than your mom? They're both screwed.

No, I mean, if you had to choose between 'em.

I don't know. Probably go live with my brother.

I mean, I don't think either one of them gives a shit about me.

It's like they use me to get back at each other. Ha!

Shut up! You're just feeling sorry for yourself.

Yeah, if I didn't, nobody else would.

Oh, you're breaking my heart. What? Sporto?

You get along with your parents?

Well, If I say yes, I'm an idiot, right?

You're an idiot anyway.

But if you say you get along with your parents, well, you're a liar too.

You know something, man? If we weren't in school, I'd waste you.

Can you hear this?

You want me to turn it up?

Hey, fellas, I mean...

I don't like my parents, either. I mean, I don't...

I don't get along with them when their idea of parental compassion... is just, you know, wacko, you know.

Dork. Yeah?

You are a parent's wet dream, okay?

That's the problem. Look, I can see you getting all bunged up... for them making you wear these kind of clothes... but, face it, you're a neo-maxi-zoon-dweebie.

What would you be doing if you weren't out making yourself a better citizen?

Why do you have to insult everybody?

I'm being honest, asshole.

I would expect you to know the difference.

Well, he's got a name. Yeah. Yeah?

What's your name? Brian.

See? My condolences.

What's your name?

What's yours?

Claire. Claire?

Claire. It's a family name.

Oh. It's a fat girl's name. Oh, thank you.

You're welcome. I'm not fat.

Not at present, but I can see you really pushing maximum density.

You see, I'm not sure if you know this, but there are two kinds of fat people... there's fat people that were born to be fat... and there's fat people that were once thin, but they became fat.

So when you look at them, you can sort of see that thin person inside.

You see, you're gonna get married.

You're gonna squeeze out a few puppies, and then...


Oh. Obscene finger gestures from such a pristine girl.

I'm not that pristine.

Are you a virgin?

I'll bet you a million dollars that you are.

Let's end the suspense.

Is it going to be a white wedding?

Why don't you just shut up.

Have you ever kissed a boy on the mouth?

Have you ever been felt up... over the bra, under the blouse... your shoes off... hoping to God your parents don't walk in?

Do you want me to puke?

Over the panties... no bra... blouse unbuttoned, Calvin's in a ball on the front seat... past 11:00 on a school night?

[Andrew] Leave her alone.

I said leave her alone.

You gonna make me? Yeah.

You and how many of your friends?

Just me.

Just you and me. Two hits.

Me hitting you. You hitting the floor. Anytime you're ready, pal.

I don't want to get into this, man.

Why not?

Because I'd kill you.

It's real simple. I'd kill you... and your fucking parents would sue me, and it'd be a big mess.

I don't care enough about you to bother.

Chickenshit. [Switchblade Clicks]

Let's end this right now.

You don't talk to her. You don't look at her.

And you don't even think about her! You understand me?

I'm trying to help her.


Brian, how you doing?

Your dad work here?

Uh, Carl? What?

Can I ask you a question? Sure.

How does one become a janitor? You want to be a janitor?

No. I just want to know how one becomes a janitor, because Andrew here... is very interested in pursuing a career in the custodial arts.

Oh, really?

You guys think I'm some untouchable peasant, serf, peon, you know?

Maybe so. But following a broom around after shitheads like you... for the last eight years, I've learned a couple of things.

I look through your letters. I look through your lockers.

I listen to your conversations. You don't know that, but I do.

I am the eyes and ears of this institution, my friends.

By the way, that clock's 20 minutes fast.

[Andrew Chuckles] Shit.

[Music][music] [Whistling]

[Music][music] [Whistling]

[Music][music] [All Whistling]

[Whistling "Beethoven's Fifth Symphony"]

All right, girls. That's 30 minutes for lunch.

Here? Here.

I think the cafeteria would be a more suitable place for us to eat lunch in.

I don't care what you think, Andrew. Uh, Dick?

Excuse me, Rich. Will milk be made available to us?

We're extremely thirsty. Sir. I have a really low tolerance for dehydration.

I've seen her dehydrated, sir. It's pretty gross.

Relax. I'll get it. Ah-ah-ah.

Grab some wood there, bub.

What do you think, I was born yesterday?

You think I'm going to have you roaming these halls?

You. [Sighs]

And you. Hey!

[Snaps Fingers] What's her name? Wake her up.

Hey, come on. On your feet, missy, Let's go! This is no rest home.

There's a soft drink machine in the teachers' lounge. Let's go.

So... what's your poison?

What do you drink?

Okay. Forget I asked.


Vodka? When do you drink vodka?


A lot? Tons.

Is that why you're here today?

Why are you here? Why are you here?


I'm here today because, uh... because my coach and my father don't want me to blow my ride.

I get treated differently because, uh, coach thinks I'm a winner.

So does my old man.

I'm not a winner because I want to be one.

I'm a winner because I got strength and speed, kind of like a racehorse.

That's about how involved I am in what's happening to me. Yeah?

That's very interesting.

Now why don't you tell me why you're really in here.

[Scoffs] Forget it.

Claire? Want to see a picture of a guy with elephantiasis of the nuts?

It's pretty tasty. No, thank you.

How do you think he rides a bike?

Claire? Would you consider dating a guy like this?

Can't you just leave me alone? I mean, if he had a great personality... was a good dancer and had a cool car?

You'd probably have to ride in the backseat because his nuts would ride shotgun.

[Sighs] You know what I wish I was doing?

Watch what you say. Brian here is a cherry.

A cherry? I wish I was in a plane... to France. I'm not a cherry.

When have you ever gotten laid? I've laid lots of times.

Name one. She lives in Canada.

I met her at Niagara Falls. You wouldn't know her.

Ever laid anyone around here?

Oh. You and Claire did it?

What are you talking about? Nothing. Nothing.

Let's just drop it, okay? We'll talk about it later.

What are you talking about? Brian's trying to tell me... that in addition to the number of girls in the Niagara Falls area... that presently you and he are riding the hobby horse.

Little pig. No, I'm not.

John said I was a cherry, and I said I wasn't. That's all that was said.

Then what were you motioning to Claire for?

I don't appreciate this very much, Brian. He is lying.

You weren't motioning to Claire?

You know he's lying, right? Were you or were you not motioning to Claire?

Yeah, but it was only...

It was only because I didn't want her to know I was a virgin.

Excuse me for being a virgin. I'm sorry.

[Scoffs] Why didn't you want me to know you were a virgin?

Because it's personal business. It's my personal, private business.

Well, Brian, it doesn't sound like you're doing any business.

I think it's okay for a guy to be a virgin.

You do?

What's in there?

Guess. Where's your lunch?

You're wearing it. You're nauseating.

What's that?

Sushi. Sushi?

[Laughs] Rice, raw fish and seaweed.

You won't accept a guy's tongue in your mouth, and you're gonna eat that?

Can I eat?

I don't know. Give it a try.

[Clears Throat]

[Loud Slurping]

[Andrew] What's your problem?

What are we having?

Uh, it's your standard, regular lunch, I guess.

Milk? Soup.

Uh, that's apple juice. I can read.

PB&J with the crusts cut off.

Well, Brian, this is a very nutritious lunch.

All the food groups are represented.

Did your mom marry Mr. Rogers?

No, Mr. Johnson. Hah.

Here's my impression of the life at big Bri's house.

[Deep Voice] Son? [Normal Voice] Yeah, Dad?

How's your day, pal? Great, Dad.

How's yours? Super.

Say, son, how'd you like to go fishing this weekend?

Great, Dad. But I've got homework to do.

That's all right, son. You can do it on the boat.


Dear, isn't our son swell? Yes, dear.

Isn't life swell?

Oh. [Loud Kiss]

Oh. [Loud Kiss]


All right. What about your family?

Who, mine? It's real easy. Yeah.

[Deep Voice] Stupid, worthless, no-good... goddamn freeloading son of a bitch.

Retarded, big mouth, know-it-all, asshole, jerk.

[High Voice] You forgot ugly, lazy and disrespectful.

Shut up, bitch! Go fix me a turkey potpie.

What about you, Dad? [Deep Voice] Fuck you.

No, Dad. What about you? Fuck you!

No, Dad. What about you? Fuck you!


Is that for real? You want to come over sometime?

That's bullshit. It's all part of your image.

I don't believe a word of it. You don't believe me?

No. No?

Did I stutter?

Do you believe this? Huh?

It's about the size of a cigar. Do I stutter?

See, this is what you get in my house when you spill paint in the garage.

I don't think that I need to sit with you fucking dildos anymore.



You shouldn't have said that. How did I know?

I mean he lies about everything anyway.

Oh, shit.

Coffee. Looks like it's been scraped off the bottom of the Mississippi River.

Everything's polluted. Everything's polluted.

The coffee's polluted. The kids are polluted.

How do you know where Vernon went? I don't.

Then how do you know when he'll be back? I don't.

Being bad feels pretty good. Huh?

What's the point of going to Bender's locker? Beats me.

This is so stupid. Why are we risking getting caught?

I don't know.

So then what are we doing? You ask me one more question... and I'm beating the shit out of you. Sorry.

You're such a slob. My maid's on vacation.

[Sniffing] It's drugs.

Screw that, Bender. Put it back.

Drugs. The boy has marijuana.

That was marijuana. Shut up, dick.

Do you approve of this?

[Bender] We'll cross through the lab, and then we'll double back.

[Andrew] You better be right. If Vernon cuts us off, it's your fault, asshole.

[Brian] What did he say? Where are we going?

(music)Hot on the run from the grip of the power game (music)

(music) The man who leads the way The man who leads the way (music)

(music)Shell in its box from his home that they'll never tame (music)

(music) The man who leads the way The man who leads the way (music)

Wait. Wait. Hold it. Hold it.

We have to go through the cafeteria. No, the activities hall.

Hey, man, you don't know what you're talking about. You don't know.

We're through listening to you. We're going this way.

You go where you want, mother hen. Come on!

(music)He is burning (music)

(music)Burning in the twilight (music)

(music)He is turning Turning to face us (music)

(music)He is burning (music)

(music)Fire in the twilight (music)

Shit! Fuck you. Great idea, jag-off.

Fuck you. Why didn't you listen to John?

We're dead.

No. Just me. What do you mean?

Get back to the library. Keep your unit out of it.

[Music] I wanna be an airborne ranger [music]

(music)I wanna be an airborne ranger (music)

That son of a bitch. [Music] Before the day I die [music]

[Music] There's five things I want to ride [music]

[Music] Bicycle, tricycle automobile [music]

(music) Virgin's mother and a Ferris wheel (music)

[Music] I wanna be an airborne ranger [music]

(music)[Continues, Indistinct] [Panting]

[Ball Bouncing]

[Yelling] Three... two, one.!


Bender! Bender! What is this?

What are you doing here? What is this? Hi.

Out. That's it, Bender. Out. It's over.

Don't you want to hear my excuse? Out.

I'm thinking of trying out for a scholarship.

Give me the ball, Bender. Give me that ball.

Get your stuff. Let's go.

Mr. Wise Guy here's taken upon himself to go to the gymnasium.

I'm sorry to inform you, you're going to be without his services the rest of the day.

B-O-O H-O-O.

Everything's a big joke, huh, Bender? The false alarm you pulled Friday...

False alarms are really funny, aren't they?

What if your home... What if your family...

What if your dope was on fire?

Impossible, sir. It's in Johnson's underwear.

[Chuckles] You think he's funny?

You think this is cute? You think he's bitchin'? Is that it?

Let me tell you something. Look at him.

He's a bum.

You want to see something funny? You go visit John Bender in five years.

You'll see how goddamn funny he is.

What's the matter, John? You going to cry?

Let's go. Keep your fuckin' hands off me!

I expect better manners from you, Dick.

For better hallway vision.

That's the last time, Bender.

That's the last time you ever make me look bad in front of those kids. You hear me?

I make $31,000 a year, and I've got a home.

And I'm not about to throw it away on some punk like you.

But someday, man, someday... when you're outta here and you've forgotten all about this place... and they've forgotten about you, and you're wrapped up in your own pathetic life...

I'm gonna be there.

That's right. And I'm gonna kick the livin' shit out of you.

I'm gonna knock your dick in the dirt.

You threatening me? What are you going to do about it?

You think anybody's gonna believe you?

You think anybody is gonna take your word over mine?

I'm a man of respect around here. They love me around here.

I'm a swell guy. You're a lying sack of shit, and everybody knows it.

You're a real tough guy. Hey, hey. Come on.

Get on your feet, pal! Let's find out how tough you are.

I wanna know, right now, how tough you are. Come on.

I'll give you the first punch. Let's go. Come on. Right here.

Just take the first shot. Please. I'm begging you. Take a shot. Right here.

Just take one shot. That's all I need.

Just one swing.

That's what I thought.

You're a gutless turd.

[Door Closes]

A naked blond walks into a bar... with a poodle under one arm... and a two-foot salami under the other.

She lays the poodle on the table.

Bartender says, "I suppose you won't be needing a drink."

Naked lady says... Oh, shit!

[Vernon] Jesus Christ Almighty.!

Forgot my pencil.

[Vernon] Goddamn it.!

What in God's name is going on in here?

What was that ruckus? What ruckus?

I was in my office, and I heard a ruckus.

Could you describe the ruckus, sir.

Watch your tongue, young man. Watch it. [Groans]

[Mr. Vernon] What is this? [Zipping Sound]

What is that? What-What... What is that noise? [Andrew] What noise?

[Claire] Really sir, there wasn't any noise.

[Gasping] Ow!

[Exaggerated Sneeze]

[All Coughing] [Cries Out]

[Coughing] [Coughing]

That noise? Was that the noise you were talking about?

No, it wasn't. That was not the noise I was talking about.

Now, I may not have caught you in the act this time, but you can bet I will.


You make book on that, missy.

And you! I will not be made a fool of.


It was an accident. You're an asshole.

Sue me.

So, Ahab, can I have all my doobage?

[Zipping Sound]

Yo, wastoid. You're not gonna blaze up in here.

[Clearing Throat]

[Mouthing Words] [Mouthing Words]

[Zips Up Zipper]

[Sighs] Shit!




[Claire Giggling]

Chicks cannot hold their smoke. That's what it is.

Do you know how popular I am?

I am so popular. Everybody loves me so much at this school.

[Brian] Poor baby. [Laughs]

[Brian Coughs, Laughs]


[Claire Laughs]

Whoo! [Yells]



[Grunts, Yells]

Whoo! [Brian Whistles]

[Brian And Claire Laughing] Ow!


[Brian Whistles]


[Claire, Indistinct]

Mr... Oh, Mr. Tierney.

A history of slight mental illness. [Chuckles]

No wonder he's so fucked up. Afternoon, Dick.

[Chuckles] Good. Hey, Carl. How you doing? Good. What's up?

Not much. What's happening? What are you doing in the basement files?

Oh, nothing. Nothing here. Just doing a little homework.

Homework, huh? Yeah.

Confidential files, huh?

Look, Carl. This is a highly sensitive area, and I tell you something.

Certain people would be very, very embarrassed.

I would really appreciate it if-if this would be something... that you and I could... could keep between us.

What are you gonna do for me, man? What would you like?

Got 50 bucks? What?

Fifty bucks.

[Both Laughing]

No, no, no, man. No, you got a middle name?

[Coughs] Yeah, I guess.

Your middle name is Ralph, as in puke.

Your birthday, it's March 12. You're 5'91/2'.

You weigh 130 pounds.

And your social security number is...



Wow. Are you a psychic?


Would you mind telling me how you know all this about me?

I stole your wallet. Give it to me.

No. Give it.!

[Scoffs] This is great. You're a thief too, huh?

I'm not a thief. Multitalented.

What's there to steal? Two bucks and a beaver shot. A what?

He's got a nudie picture in there. I saw it. It's perverted.

All right. Let's see it.

Are all these your girlfriends? Some of'em.

What about the others?

Well, some I consider my girlfriends, and some I just consider.

Consider what?

Whether or not I wanna hang out with them.

You don't believe in just one guy, one girl?

Do you? Yeah.

It's the way it should be. Well, not for me.

Why not?

How come you got so much shit in your purse?

How come you have so many girlfriends? I asked you first.

I don't know. I guess I never threw anything away.

Neither do I. Oh.

This is the worst fake I.D. I've ever seen. [Chuckles]

Do you realize you made yourself 68?

[Brian] I know. I know. I goofed it.

What do you need a fake I.D. For?

So I can vote.

You wanna see what's in my bag?

[Both] No.

Holy shit!

What is all that stuff?

Do you always carry this much shit in your bag?


I always carry this much shit in my bag.

You never know when you may have to jam.

Are you gonna be, like, a shopping bag lady?

You know, like, sit in alley ways... and talk to buildings and wear men's shoes and that kind of thing?

I'll do what I have to do.

Why do you have to do anything?

My home life... is unsatisfying.

So you're saying you'd subject yourself to the violent dangers... of these Chicago streets because your home life is unsatisfying?

I don't have to run away and live in the street.

I can run away and go to the ocean.

I can go to the country, to the mountains.

I could go to Israel, Africa... Afghanistan.

Andy, wanna get in on this?

Allison here says she wants to run away... because her home life is unsatisfying.

Well, everyone's home life is unsatisfying.

And if it wasn't, people would live with their parents forever.

Yeah, yeah, I understand, but I think hers goes beyond... what, you know, guys like you and me consider normal unsatisfying.

Never mind. Forget it. Everything's cool.

What's the deal? No.

There's no deal, sporto.

Forget it. Leave me alone. Wait a minute.

You're carrying all that crap around in your purse.

Either you really wanna run away, or you want people to think you wanna run away.

Eat shit!

The girl is an island unto herself, okay?


You wanna talk? No.

Why not? Go away.

Where do you want me to go? Go away!

You have problems. Oh, I have problems.

You do everything everybody tells you to do. That is a problem.

Okay, fine. But I didn't dump my purse out on the couch... and invite people into my problems, did I?

So what's wrong?

What is it?

[Sighs] Is it bad?

Real bad?



What did they do to you?

They ignore me.



What did you wanna be when you were young?

When I was a kid, I wanted to be John Lennon.

Carl, don't be a goof.

I'm trying to make a serious point here.

Carl, I've been teaching for 22 years.

And each year, these kids get more and more arrogant.

Oh, bullshit, man. Come on, Vern.

The kids haven't changed, you have. [Sighs]

You took a teaching position 'cause you thought it'd be fun, right?

Thought you could have summer vacations off.

And then you found out it was actually work. That really bummed you out.

These kids turned on me.

They think I'm a big fucking joke. Come on.

Listen, Vern. If you were 16, what would you think of you?

Hey, Carl, you think I give one rat's ass what these kids think of me?

Yes, I do.

You think about this. When you get old, these kids... when I get old... they're gonna be running the country.

[Chuckles] Yeah.

Now this is the thought that wakes me up in the middle of the night.

When I get older, these kids are gonna take care of me.

I wouldn't count on it.

What would I do for a million bucks?

I guess I'd do as little as I had to.

That's boring. Well, how am I supposed to answer?

The idea is to, like, search your mind for the absolute limit.

Like, um... would you drive to school naked?


Um... would I have to get out of the car?

Of course. In the spring or winter?

[Claire] Doesn't matter. Spring.

[Andy] In front of the school or in back of the school?

Either one. Yes.

I'd do that.

I'll do anything sexual. I don't need a million dollars to do it either.

You're lying. I already have.

I've done just about everything there is, except a few things that are illegal.

I'm a nymphomaniac. Lie.

Are your parents aware of this?

The only person I told was my shrink.

What did he do when you told him?

He nailed me.

Very nice.

I don't think that from a legal standpoint... what he did can be construed as rape since I paid him.

He's an adult. Yeah. He's married too.

Oh! Do you have any idea how completely gross that is?

Well, the first few times... The first few times?

You mean, he did it more than once? Sure.

Are you crazy? Obviously she's crazy if she's screwing her shrink.

Have you ever done it?

[Scoffs] I don't even have a psychiatrist.

Have you ever done it with a normal person?

Didn't we already cover this? You never answered the question.

Look. I'm not going to discuss my private life with total strangers.

It's kind of a double-edged sword, isn't it?

A what? If you say you haven't, you're a prude.

If you say you have, you're a slut. It's a trap.

You want to, but you can't.

And when you do, you wish you didn't, right? Wrong.

Or are you a tease?

She's a tease. I'm sure. Why don't you forget it?

You're a tease and you know it. All girls are teases.

She's only a tease if what she does gets you hot. I don't do anything!

That's why you're a tease. Okay, let me ask you a few questions.

I already told you everything. No.

Doesn't it bother you to sleep around without being in love? Don't you want respect?

I don't screw to get respect.

That's the difference between you and me.

[Scoffs] It's not the only difference I hope.

[Bender] Face it, you're a tease. I'm not a tease.

Sure you are. Sex is your weapon.

You said it yourself. You use it to get respect.

No, I never said that. She twisted my words around.

What do you use it for then? I don't use it, period!

Are you medically frigid or is it psychological?

I didn't mean it that way. You guys are putting words into my mouth.

Just answer the question. [Brian] Why don't you just answer the question?

Be honest. No big deal. Yeah, answer it.

Just answer the question. Talk to us. Answer the question.!

Don't be a jerk.! It's easy. It's only one question.

No, I never did it!

I never did it either.

I'm not a nymphomaniac. I'm a compulsive liar.

You are such a bitch!

You did that on purpose just to fuck me over.!

I would do it though. If you love someone, it's okay.

[Claire] I can't believe you. You're so weird.

You don't say anything all day, and then when you open your mouth... you unload all these tremendous lies all over me.

You're just pissed off because she got you to admit something you didn't want to admit to.

Okay, fine. But that doesn't make it any less bizarre.

What's bizarre? I mean, we're all pretty bizarre.

Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all.

How are you bizarre?

He can't think for himself.

She's right.

Do you guys know what, uh, what I did to get in here?

I taped Larry Lester's buns together.

[Laughs] That was you?

Yeah. You know him? Yeah, I know him.

Then you know how hairy he is, right?

When they pulled the tape off... most of his hair came off and some skin too.

Oh, my God.

The bizarre thing is... is that I did it for my old man.

I tortured this poor kid... because I wanted him to think that I was cool.

He's always going off about, you know, when he was in school.

All the wild things he used to do.

And I got the feeling that he was disappointed that I never cut loose on anyone, right?

So, I'm sittin' in the locker room... and I'm taping up my knee.

And Larry's undressing a couple lockers down from me.

And... he's kind of... he's kind of skinny.

He's weak.

And I started thinking about my father... and his attitude about... about weakness.

And the next thing I knew...

I jumped on top of him and started wailing on him.

And my friends, they just laughed and cheered me on.

And afterwards... when I was sitting in Vernon's office...

all I could think about... was Larry's father... and Larry having to go home... and... and explain what happened to him.

And... the humiliation... fucking humiliation he must have felt.

It must have been unreal.

I mean, how do you apologize for something like that?

There's no way.

It's all because of me and my old man.

God, I fucking hate him.

He's like this... He's like this mindless machine that I can't relate to anymore.

Andrew.! You've got to be number one.!

I won't tolerate any losers in this family.

Your intensity is for shit! Win! Win! Win!

You son of a bitch.

You know sometimes I wish my knee would give... then I wouldn't be able to wrestle anymore.

Then he could forget all about me.

I think your old man and my old man should get together and go bowling.


It's like me, you know, with my grades.

Like when l... when l... when I step outside myself... and like when I look in at myself, you know.

And l... And I see me.

I don't like what I see.

I really don't.

What's wrong with you? Why don't you like yourself?

Sounds stupid, but...

because I'm failing shop.

We had this assignment, you know, to make this, like, ceramic elephant... and we had eight weeks to do it.

And then, you know, we're supposed to... It was like a lamp.

And when, you know, when you pull it, the trunk, the light was supposed to go on.

But my light didn't go on.

I got an "F" on it.

I've never got an "F" in my life.

When I signed up, you know, for the course, I mean...

I thought I was playing it real smart, you know...

'cause I thought, you know, I'll take shop.

It'll be such an easy way to maintain my grade point average.

Why'd you think it'd be easy?

Have you seen some of the dopes that take shop?

I take shop. You must be a fuckin'idiot.

I'm a fuckin' idiot 'cause I can't make a lamp?

No, you're a genius 'cause you can't make a lamp.

What do you know about trigonometry?

I could care less about trigonometry.

Bender, did you know without trigonometry, there'd be no engineering?

Without lamps, there'd be no light.

Okay, so neither one of you is any better than the other one.

I can write with my toes.

I can also eat, brush my teeth...

With your feet?

Play "Heart And Soul" on the piano. I can make spaghetti.

What can you do?

I can, uh, tape all of your buns together.

I wanna see what Claire can do.

I can't do anything. Everybody can do something.

There's one thing I can do.

No, forget it. It's way too embarrassing. You ever seen Wild Kingdom?

That guy's been doing that show for 30 years.

Okay. But you have to swear to God you won't laugh.



I can't believe I'm actually doing this.

[Applause] Yea.!

All right. That's great! Where'd you learn to do that?

Camp. Seventh grade.

[Slow Clapping]

That was great, Claire.

My image of you is totally blown.

You're a shit. Don't do that to her. You swore to God you wouldn't laugh.

Am I laughing? You fuckin' prick!

What do you care what I think anyway?

I don't even count, right?

I could disappear forever and it wouldn't make any difference.

I may as well not even exist at this school, remember?

And you... don't like me anyway.

You know, I have just as many feelings as you do... and it hurts just as much when somebody steps all over them.

[Bender] God, you're so pathetic.

Don't you ever, ever compare yourself to me, okay?

You got everything, and I got shit.

Fuckin'Rapunzel, right?

School would probably shut down if you didn't show up.

Queenie isn't here.

I like those earrings, Claire. Shut up.

Are those real diamonds, Claire? Shut up!

I bet they are. Did you work for the money...

Shut your mouth! For those earrings?

Or did your daddy buy those for you? Shut up!

I bet he bought those for you.

I bet those were a Christmas gift, right?

You know what I got for Christmas this year?

It was a banner fucking year at the old Bender family. I got a carton of cigarettes.

The old man grabbed me and said, "Hey, smoke up, Johnny."

Okay, so go home and cry to your daddy. Don't cry here, okay?

[Claire Sniffling]

My God, are we gonna be like our parents?

Not me.


It's unavoidable.

It just happens.

[Claire] What happens?

When you grow up, your heart dies.

Who cares? I care.

[Brian] Um, I was just thinking, I mean...

I know it's kind of a weird time, but I was just wondering, um...

what is going to happen to us on Monday... when we're all together again?

I mean, I consider you guys my friends.

I'm not wrong, am I? No.

So... So on Monday, what happens?

Are we still friends, you mean?

If we're friends now, that is. Yeah.

Do you want the truth? Yeah, I want the truth.

[Sighs] I don't think so.

With all of us or just John? With all of you.

That's a real nice attitude, Claire. Oh, be honest, Andy.

If Brian came walking up to you in the hall on Monday, what would you do?

I mean, picture this. You're there with all the sports.

You know exactly what you'd do. You'd say hi to him, and when he left... you'd cut him all up so your friends wouldn't think you really liked him.

No way. [Allison] Okay.

What if I came up to you? Same exact thing.

You are a bitch!

Why, 'cause I'm telling the truth? That makes me a bitch?

No, you know how shitty that is to do to someone.

And you don't got the balls to stand up to your friends... and tell them you're gonna like who you wanna like.

Okay, what about you, you hypocrite?

Why don't you take Allison to one of your heavy metal vomit parties?

Or take Brian out to the parking lot at lunch to get high?

Or what about Andy for that matter? What about me?

What would your friends say if we were walking down the hall together?

They'd laugh their asses off, and you'd tell them you were doing it with me... so they'd forgive you for being seen with me.

Don't you ever talk about my friends!

You don't know any of my friends you don't look at any of my friends... and you certainly wouldn't condescend to speak to any of my friends... so you just stick to the things you know... shopping, nail polish, your father's BMW... and your poor, rich, drunk mother in the Caribbean. Shut up!

As far as being concerned about what's gonna happen when you and I walk down the hallways... you can forget it, 'cause it's never gonna happen.

Just bury your head in the sand and wait for your fuckin' prom!

I hate you! Yeah? Good.!

Okay, then I assume Allison and I are better people than you guys, huh?

Us weirdos.

Would you... Would you do that to me?

I don't have any friends.

Well, if you did. No.

I don't think the kind of friends I'd have would mind.

Well, I just wanna tell... each of you that I wouldn't do that.

I wouldn't and I will not.

'Cause I think that's real shitty.

Your friends wouldn't mind because they look up to us.

You're so conceited, Claire.

You're so conceited.

You're so, like, full of yourself. Why are you like that?

I'm not saying that to be conceited.

I hate it. I hate having to go along with everything my friends say.

[Brian] Well, then why do you do it?

I don't know. I don't...

You don't understand. You don't...

You're not friends with the same kinds of people Andy and I are friends with.

You know, you just don't understand the pressure they can put on you.

I don't understand what?

You think I don't understand pressure, Claire?

Well, fuck you! Fuck you!

You know why I'm here today?

Do you?

[Sniffles] I'm here... because Mr. Ryan... found a gun in my locker.

Why'd you have a gun in your locker?

I tried.

When you pull the fuckin'... trunk on it, the light's supposed to go on.

[Sniffles] It didn't go on.

[Andy] What's the gun for, Brian? Just forget it.

You brought it up, man.

I can't have an "F."

I can't have it, and I know my parents can't have it.

Even if I ace the rest of the semester, I'm still only a "B. '

Everything's ruined for me.

Brian... What?

Considering my options, you know.

No, killing yourself is not an option.

Well, I didn't do it, did I? No, I don't think so.

It was a handgun?

[Exhales] No, it was a flare gun. It went off in my locker.

Really? [Laughs]

It's not funny. [Clears Throat, Chuckles]

[Chuckles] Yes, it is.

[Brian] Fuckin'elephant was destroyed.

You wanna know what I did to get in here?


I didn't have anything better to do.

[All Chuckling]

You're laughing at me.

No! Yeah, you are.


[Music][music] [Record Scratches, Rock Continues]

[Volume Increases]

[Music] It seems so clear in black and white [music]

(music) The living color tends to dull our sight (music)

(music)Like dynamite (music)

(music)Just imagine my surprise when I looked into your eyes (music)

(music)And saw through your disguise (music)

(music)lf we dare expose our hearts and just reveal the purest thoughts (music)

(music) That's when strange sensations start to grow (music)

(music) Oh, we are not alone (music)

(music) You find out where you're coming from (music)

(music) There'll be somebody there to break your fall (music)

(music) We are not alone (music)

(music) 'Cause when you come down through the fold (music)

(music) We're really not so different after all (music)

(music)[New Song]

Brian? Hmm.

Are you gonna write your paper? Yeah. Why?

Well, it's kind of a waste for all of us to write our paper, don't you think?

Well, that's what Vernon wants us to do.

[Claire] True. But I think we'd all kind of say the same thing.

You just don't wanna write your paper, right?

True, but you're the smartest, right?

Well. Um... We trust you.


All right. I'll do it.


Come on.

Where we going? Come on.

[Claire] Don't be afraid.

Don't stick that in my eye. I'm not sticking...

Just close it. Wait a minute. Just go like... go like that.

Good. [Whimpers]

You know, you really do look better without all that black shit on your eyes.

Hey, I like that black shit.

[Claire] This looks a lot better.

Look up.


Please. Why are you being so nice to me?

'Cause you're letting me.

[Door Opens]

You lost?

Thank you.

Why'd you do that?

'Cause I knew you wouldn't.

You know how you said before how your parents use you to get back at each other?

Wouldn't I be outstanding in that capacity?

Were you really disgusted about what I did with my lipstick?

Truth? Truth.


What happened to you?

Why? Claire did it.

What's wrong? Nothing's wrong.

It's just... you're just so different, you know.

I can see your face.

Is that good or bad?

That's good.

See ya, Brian. Hey, Carl.

See ya next Saturday. You bet.

(music) Won't you come see about me (music)

(music)I'll be alone, dancing you know it, baby

(music) Tell me your troubles and doubts (music)

(music) Giving me everything inside and out and (music)

(music)Love's strange so real in the dark (music)

(music) Think of the tender things that we were working on (music)

(music)Slow change may pull us apart (music)

(music) When the light gets into your heart, baby (music)

(music)Don't you (music)

(music)Forget about me (music)

(music)Don't, don't, don't, don't (music)

(music)Don't you (music)

(music)Forget about me (music)

(music) Will you stand above me (music)

(music)Look my way but never love me (music)

(music)Rain keeps falling Rain keeps falling (music)

(music)Down, down, down (music)

(music) Will you recognize me (music)

(music) Call my name or walk on by (music)

(music)As the rain keeps falling Rain keeps falling (music)

(music)Down, down, down (music)

(music)Hey, hey, hey, hey (music)

(music) Ooh (music)

[Brian's Voice] "Dear Mr. Vernon...

"We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention...

"for whatever it was we did wrong...

"but we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are.

"You see us as you wanna see us...

"in the simplest terms with the most convenient definitions.

"But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...

[Andy's Voice] "And an athlete...

[Allison's Voice] "And a basket case...

[Claire's Voice] princess... [Bender's Voice] And a criminal.

[Brian's Voice] "Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club. '

(music)Don't, don't, don't, don't (music)

(music)Don't you (music)

(music)Forget about me (music)

(music)As you walk on by (music)