Film Analysis: The Breakfast Club

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The Breakfast Club is a coming-of-age movie. This movie follows five high school students who all have school detention on a Saturday morning. They all come from various types of group. There is the anxious and bizarre girl, Allison; the sporty guy, Andrew; the hard-acting guy, John; the popular girl, Claire; and the nerd, Brian. They all saw each other that way too because they were “brainwashed” into accepting that. Since they are all from different types of groups, they don’t know each other, nor do they want to. At first they think they don’t have anything in common, but as time passes, that proves to be wrong. Since they were the only people in the library, they can’t help but slowly get to know each other. This movie was written and directed by the brilliant John Hughes, who in my opinion is the “King of 80’s movies.” He has directed great 80’s teen movies like 16 Candles, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, and Pretty in Pink. This movie has mix of genres any individual could possible enjoy: drama, comedy, and even romance. The actors in the movie performed to be tremendous in their roles. The actors in the movie are known as “the brat pack”. The movie is starring: Emilio Estevez, known for popular movies like The Outsiders; Molly Ringwald, who starred in movies like Pretty in Pink and 16 Candles; Anthony Michael Hall, who was in the movie 16 Candles with Molly Ringwald; and Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson, they both starred in St. Elmo’s Fire. There couldn’t be anyone better to portray the characters in the movie than these actors.
This movie was filmed at a high school, inside of a school library. The movie begins with the students getting picked off at school by their parents on a Saturday morning. The students go to the library to serve their detention with their principal Mr. Vernon supervising them in his office. Mr. Vernon assigns them a task, which is to write an essay about “Who they think they are.” In the beginning, the students didn’t care for each other and didn’t want to get to know each other because they were from different stereotypes. They didn’t have anything in common except their hatred for the principal. As the hour passes, they actually do have some things in common and they even form a friendship. They pass the time by running around the school, smoking, arguing, and opening up to each other. This movie shows you that kids are lost and confused no matter what social status there in. It’s pretty relatable whether you just finished school or finished school in the 80s. As the audiences watch the characters, they can’t help but relate themselves to one of the characters or at least to someone they know. This is one of the many reasons why this movie is a remarkable film.
What makes this movie different from any other high school movie? Well it is the message. It doesn’t just entertain you, but actually touches you and even teaches you a few things. This film teaches you that no matter how different we are, we are actually the...

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