I just finished watching St. Elmo’s Fire. It’s been twenty years since I saw it last and boy, what a difference the decades make.

I’ve always loved this movie because I was attracted to the tightness of the friendships. I also identified to Demi Moore’s character “Jewels”.  Back then, I thought she was the fun one. Tonight, I saw her as much more than the party gal. I saw myself in exactly the same way. It hit me by surprise and delivered much introspection.

All the signs of addiction, depression and mental instability were wrapped up in Moore’s husky voice, fire engine red hair and black lace tights. I loved the Billy Idol mural in her apartment and those hot pink walls were awesome. I started to cry a little during the scene where she locked herself in the apartment and sat on the ground shivering. I’ve totally done that. 

It’s amazing how some old movie from your 20’s can make you appreciate how far you’ve come in your 40’s. Some movies just stick.

So tell me, what movie from your childhood (or 20’s) sticks with you?

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  1. No movies… but the books have remained the same… I felt (feel) a close, tight kinship to Orwell's Winston (still hopeful for a Julia!!) and Wright's Cross Damon. Sometimes I wished that I had read those books much later in my life instead of my pre-teen years. Que sera…

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  2. The Breakfast Club – I was a nerdy athlete, though I always felt out of place with my smarts. I'm still very much an athlete, but also prize the smarts I've been blessed with. Neither skill has helped me to become rich, but they are there.

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  3. I could not begin to name all of my fav's, but I so know what you mean about St.Elmos Fire. I just watched "Less Than Zero" for the first time in over 15 years. Wow. I remember how I romanticized that movie so much and watching it now just makes me sad. (except bringing the Andrew McCarthy crush back to the surface!) I have been so out of touch on your blog (and the computer in general) and am taking the next hour to catch up! Lovin it!

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  4. I feel the same way about The Breakfast Club as you do about St. Elmo's Fire. I first saw TBC when I was a kid, and I thought all of the characters were so cool. I wanted to get a Saturday detention when I grew up so I could be like them. When I watched it in high school, I related to each of their characters in a different way. I was like them. Now that I watch it when I'm a bit older, I can see how immature and tragic they all are. It makes me appreciate the perspective I've gained on my life over the years. My heart breaks for them not because I am them anymore, but because they don't yet know that it gets better.

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