The Part When They’re in Detention – A Review of The Breakfast Club (1985)

by Cesidia on March 13, 2013

the breakfast club_125My roommate and I were flipping through channels one day when I saw The Breakfast Club was on. I had found out back in January that she had not seen many important movies and I told her I would take it upon myself to educate her. So naturally when I saw this was on I asked her if she had seen it. Her response? “Oh yeah I saw part of it once. It was the part when they’re in detention…” My response? Through my fit of laughter I replied “Sweetheart, that’s the whole movie”.
Obviously that meant we had to watch it. We had missed the first few minutes of the movie, but for the most part the good stuff isn’t until the middle and end, when they finally become friends. This movie has so many good things going for it: Molly Ringwald in her prime years, a great musical anthem, and some pretty attractive male characters. It takes everything every high school wishes could happen in real life and makes it into a movie. It’s a cliché idea but it’s done so well in this movie.
For starters the plot is great. You take 5 kids from all different walks of high school stereotype and throw them in a room. Then you make the principal a giant douchebag and he becomes the central character everyone (including viewers), despise. If you don’t realize that you hate him it won’t take you past the scene where he threatens our Bad Boy, Bender, who we all not so secretly have a crush on. That guy could not be worse than anyone else we’ve ever met. He makes our own administration we all despise seem pretty harmless. But back to the students. All of them are defined as certain types of people but through the movie you realize they are much more similar than you think and of course, to make it a teen flick they all have to fall in love with each other at the end. Alas, big surprise, the nerdy kid is still left alone.
The best part of the movie, not to mention the most iconic, is the paper that Brian writes to the principal. That ending monologue alone is what makes the movie so great. Yes we see this movie as a fictional piece but in reality isn’t that how we all feel? High School can be pretty horrible, middle school even worse, because we are defined by what we do, not who we are. But does it get better when you grow up? No. It speaks to not only what students define themselves and each other by, but the teachers, the parents and the administration. It’s a very interesting comment on society that can resonate with everybody hidden in 80s, teen movie.

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