Director: John Hughes
Cast: Emilio Estevez (Andy), Anthony Michael Hall (Brian), Judd Nelson (Bender), Molly Ringwald (Claire Standish), Ally Sheedy (Allison), Paul Gleason (the teacher)
Genre: Comedy – Drama
Until a couple of days ago, I had never heard about The Breakfast Club, a movie from the ’80s about five High School students stuck in detention. Having read some very positive comments about it and hoping that such an old movie would be a bit different from the new teen films, I decided to go for it. And I’m so glad I did.
Five High School students are made to spend a whole saturday in detention under the supervision of their angry vice-principal. They are supposed to write an essay describing ‘who they think they are’ and are not allowed to move from their seats, sleep or talk to each other. And anyway, why would they even want to talk to each other? They have nothing in common. Brian’s a nerd, Andy an athlete. Claire’s the prom queen, Ally a weirdo. And Bender… he’s kind of a criminal. But boredom is stronger than their differences, so they don’t have another choice than to interact a bit. And by interact I also mean curse, fight and say horrible things to each other. But eventually they find out they’re not as different as they think they are, and though they may not know it yet, this day in detention will change their lives forever.
The Breakfast Club is not the typical stupid movie for teenagers, and I think that’s mainly why I like it so much. Don’t get me wrong, it is a movie for teenagers. But it is way much smarter and thought-provoking than the average. I watched it just a couple of days ago and I’m still thinking about it and want to see it again.
When you’re a teenager, everybody just keeps saying to you that ‘High School is the most beautiful time of your life, so enjoy it, because there will be nothing like it’, but for some people, High School can be kind of a hell. You’re trapped in a world ruled by ridiculous conventions that determine what you’re supposed to do and often who you should be. You’re labeled and judged and even if you hate all this and want to get out of it, it is not that easy. And that is in part, what this movie shows.
Each one of these characters lives their own hell, and as they keep getting to know each other and their problems, they realise they have more in common than what they thought. And then comes the climax scene, when they all open up and confess their most private secrets, insult each other, yell in anger, cry, and laugh. And after that, they are not the same any more. That scene is so powerful and well done that once I finished watching the movie, I rewinded to see it again. Everything, from the dialogues to the performance of the actors, is superb in that scene.
I really recommend The Breakfast Club, especially if you’re a teenager. But if you’re older than that, you should go for it as well, because in my view, this is one of those movies that nobody should miss.
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– Written by GuadiRC –