Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Breakfast Club (1985)


"They were five total strangers, with nothing in common, meeting for the first time: a brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel, and a recluse. Before the day was over, they broke the rules, bared their souls, and touched each other in a way they never dreamed possible."

I must say that The Breakfast Club is the best movie of the 80's. Everything about it truly grasps what the 80's were about; a group of obnoxious and rebellious kids, killer clothing, lots of controversy, big hair and loud music. Everything about it including the plot and characters I found to be truly genius and touching at the same time. If you have not seen this movie, rent it because you are missing out on a true depiction of what the 80's phenomena is all about and you will understand why this movie is still so popular.

The Breakfast Club is the story of five students who are thrown in detention for different reasons on a Saturday morning. There is the Andy the jock, Claire the princess, Allison the basketcase, Brian the nerd, and Bender, the criminal. None of them know each other and are from different social groups, each having hatred and mixed feelings toward one another. Mr. Vernon, the principal assigns them an essay and then leaves the students unsupervised. As soon as Mr. Vernon leaves, Bender riles up the other students while mocking Brian and Andy and sexually harassing Claire. The only way to describe Allison is that she is very strange and will say whatever is on her mind. Since they are stuck in a room together for a day, they start to learn a lot about each other. They all come to realize that even though they are all different in many ways, they can still respect one another. Throughout the film we see them coming together to fight the overbearing school principal, smoking pot, and discussing their dysfunctional relationships they have with their families. By the end of the film we see that genuine connections are made with Andy and Allison coming together and Claire and Bender.

What makes The Breakfast Club such an unforgettable movie is that it represents many different types of teenagers, how they feel, and what they are going through. Everyone can relate to a character and that is what makes the film so genius. This film is not only meaningful to the 80's generation but nowadays as well because the characters and events are generational. Once you see this movie the song, "Don't You Forget About Me" will never leave your head and will forever remind you of this film. What can also not be forgotten is the pot smoking that went on in this film and how little attention that got after the film was made even during the anti-drug hysteria in the 80's.

No fan of this era can be a true fan until they have seen this film because it epitomizes the 80's!

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