What it’s about: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: John Hughes
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Gleason, Ally Sheedy
Review (Spoiler alert): So after years of listening to ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’, I thought it was about time to put a film to the song and watch The Breakfast Club. I’ve heard the name of the film fly around movies/TV shows since I can remember but never really thought about watching it. It’s about a group of school kids who get put into Saturday detention. Their all from different social groups and have nothing in common and would originally have had no desire to get to know one another. They learn more about each other in that one day of detention than they have the whole time they’ve been at school together and they realise that although they’re from different groups, they have more in common than they thought.
I honestly think every teenager should watch this film. Although the clothes they wear and some of the language they use is a bit dated now, it sends out a very important message – that we’re not all that different. Some very unlikely friendships and even romances evolve throughout this film and I think everything about it is beautiful. I think the evolution of the film/characters was the most important thing. At first, these kids didn’t know one another. They were nasty and made fun of each other but by the end they all end up opening up – like they’ve known each other for years and sharing some quite deep and personal things for example the character Brian admits that the reason he’s in detention was because the teacher found a gun in his locker because he was going to kill himself because he isn’t getting perfect grades in school. Whilst your initial reaction might be that it’s a bit far fetched – it’s real and it happens and it’s not something that should be taken lightly. They also point out that because their in different social groups when detention is over and they get back to school on Monday – they won’t say hi to each other in the hall because their friends would make fun of them. It’s very stereotypial but I think it’s so important, especially for teenagers in school to realise that it doesn’t have to be that way. I know from my own experience when I was in school, people stuck to their own groups and as much as you don’t want to admit it there were people that you’d rather not be talking too. I don’t know whether it’s something that needs to be addressed or something that will always be but whatever the case, I think vulnerable teenagers these days need to be aware that they’re not alone and everyone has their problems and this film shows it perfectly.
I loved every single character – they all brought something to the table and although at times they were quite nasty to one another it didn’t make me dislike them because of the normality of the situation. I especially liked Bender (played by Judd Nelson). He was such a di**head but he was so watchable and I think the character that grows the most throughout. This film is such a simple idea and concept but it had a big impact on me. Although I’ve mainly gone into the message and idea behind it – it was otherwise very entertaining and funny with an absolute perfect ending.