Film of the Day – The Breakfast Club (1985) Dir. John Hughes

Synopsis: They were five students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say, but by 4 p.m., they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. To the outside world they were simply the Jock, the Brain, the Criminal, the Princess and the Kook, but to each other, they would always be the Breakfast Club.

Quote: Brian Johnson – “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 think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.”

What I love about it: Whenever people talk about movies that spoke to them as a teen, one filmmaker’s name is constantly brought up; that man is John Hughes. Throughout the 1980’s he was the master of the teen genre making such classics as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Sixteen Candles, but none quite reach the level of The Breakfast Club, which is in my opinion the greatest teen movie of all time. What you have here is a film that sets out to delve deeper and look beyond the classic stereotypes of what category teenagers each fit themselves into. Yes there is the nerd, the jock, the spoiled rich girl, but they are so much more than their stereotypes deep down and that is why I love this movie. It shows that beyond that, they all have their problems, nobody is perfect or happy all the time like it might seem from the outside. Setting the film for the most part in a single room allows Hughes to get the characters to talk through their issues and it all feels so natural. It is a film that everybody can relate to as a teenager because so many people are boxed into these stereotypes despite obviously having more to them. It makes you feel okay about yourself and that it is absolutely fine to be different which speaks to teenagers like you wouldn’t believe. Perhaps the craziest fact about this film is that Hughes wrote it in just one weekend. He was truly a master writer/director.

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