Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Breakfast Club

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The Breakfast Club (1985) showcases five teens from different backgrounds coming together to become friends, even if only for a few hours. Claire (Molly Ringwald) comes from a rich family where her parents use her as a pawn in their arguments. Andrew (Emilio Estevez) whose dad is never content with what he does. Bender (Judd Nelson) comes from an abusive home. Allison (Ally Sheedy) is a compulsive liar who feels her parents don't pay enough attention to her. Lastly, Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) whose parents care more about his grades than him. Because of their backgrounds, they make an unlikely friend group. However, the events that occur during Saturday detention bring them much closer to each other.
At first it seems the teens will just sit in silence for the entire day. Due to their different backgrounds they don't know each other well if at all. Eventually, Bender's antics draw the group closer to each other until they ultimately come together during lunch where they start to learn more about each other. This is when they start to share the reasons they ended up in detention. For the most part these reasons reflect their perceived personalities. Claire skipped school to go shopping, Bender pulls a false fire alarm, Allison, just being bored, and Andrew bullying a student by taping his butt cheeks together. The most shocking reason of all was Brian who tried to kill himself with a flare gun because he failed shop class.
There's a moment when the five are all sitting together and the question is asked if they'll be friends after detention is over. Although they had a good time the idea is that no, they would not be friends. Though this is viewed as a harsh decision it does reflect the need to feel popular as Claire and Andrew, the most popular of the group, say they would not be friends with the rest afterwards. In the end, Brian is asked to write the essay that was asked of them by vice principal Vernon (Paul Gleason) in which he answers the question "Who do you think you are". In this essay, Brian states that the group is more than just their stereotypes a brain (Brian), an athlete (Andrew), a basket case (Allison), a princess (Claire), and a criminal (Bender). These five were able to make a friendship that I hope actually did last more than those few hours despite their differences. What's stopping others from putting aside theirs to make the world a better place.

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