“when you grow up, your heart dies.”

“The Breakfast Club really bothered me. This is, like, an iconic movie, and the coolest character, Ally Sheedy, goes from being this interesting, quirky girl to being made ‘hot’ so she can make out with frickin’ Emilio Estevez? Give me a break.” — Ellen Page

When this film was released in 1985, Ally Sheedy’s character in The Breakfast Club literally changed the face, dress, and attitude of teenage girldom overnight — and that character, everything about her, still resonates with “fringey” girls today…even those of us in our frickin’ 40s. The first time I heard Sheedy utter that now iconic and infamous line — “When you grow up, your heart dies.” — it took my breath away, and I so distinctly remember whispering to myself out loud in the middle of that darkened theatre:


And to this day, whenever someone marvels at my comically overflowing purse and asks, “Do you always carry this much shit in your bag?”, I still give the same response:

“Yeah…I always carry this much shit in my bag. You never know when you may have to jam…”

And, you don’t.

About muffybolding

Muffy Bolding is a mother/writer/actor/knitter/feminist/withered debutante who likes the smell of asparagus pee, and remains obsessed with the bathroom hygiene of her three children -- despite the fact that they are 23, 19, and 16. She is blissfully married to a cute Jewish boy who looks like Willie Wonka, but remains tragically in love with the dead poet, Ted Hughes. She has the mouth of a Teamster, and her patron saint is Rocco (pestilence relief.) Ms. Bolding lives in Southern California, where she enjoys typing words, making movies, and plucking the rings from the fingers of the dead. She was the co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of the award winning satire zine, Fresno Lampoon, and in between writing screenplays, carnival barking, and savagely threatening her trio of darling larvae with a wooden spoon, she currently publishes the zine, "Withered Debutante." More of her work can also be found in the anthology, "Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts", the compilation zine, "Mamaphiles III: Coming Home", as well as in The Cortland Review and hipmama.com. She is currently writing and producing for film and television, and working on a book of essays entitled, "Inside A Chinese Dragon." She has slept around, but not nearly as much as she would have liked.
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2 Responses to “when you grow up, your heart dies.”

  1. oliarights says:

    this is awesome! Breakfast club, shook me to the core too. When people said they loved that movie lightly, it made me mad. It is not a movie to love lightly. It is a movie that changed everything. That line was so powerful.

  2. H. S. Moore says:

    Have I mentioned how much I adore you for this. Not mine either. Not in a million years.

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