Monday, May 16, 2011

The Breakfast Club: Who Knew Detention Could Be So Much Fun?

The Brain.  The Basket Case.  The Athlete.  The Princess.  The Thief. 

These are the five main characters in the Breakfast Club.  Each represents a different stereotype in high school and, at the beginning of the movie, none of them want anything to do with each other.  However, John Hughes sets the scene by throwing the five of them in a library on a Saturday for detention.  Amidst quite a few setbacks and clashes with the school principal, the five finally unite over common ground, rebelling against authority.  They learn about each others differences, with the aid of marijuana, and become…could it be…friends?  At least, temporarily.  Insert some mild flirtation and romance here and there and we have an 80s hit. 

The Breakfast Club is witty, entertaining and a whole lot of fun to watch.  John Hughes inserts "teen speak" into the movie to appeal to the 80s teen crowd.  However, he also manages to insert some terminology that he coined himself, for example when Bender calls Brian a "neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie."  The Breakfast Club is full of surprises.  Particularly when the five sit around in a circle and reveal why they are in detention in the first place.  Who knows, maybe you’ll be able to find your personality in one of the characters (my personal favorite is Brian).  It is easily one of my favorite movies from the 80s and I would highly recommend it.

1 comment:

Vladigogo said...

Bender is the best.