The Breakfast Club
Theresa Puchta is very accurate in her description of the merits and limitations of
John Hughes’ films. Almost all of the characteristics and themes she has described in the article: suburban setting, vague social concerns, high school cliques, uncaring parents, characters wearing the latest fashions and top 40 soundtrack music have been proven true in The Breakfast Club.
The movie has a suburban setting inside a high school, and the characters each belong to one of the high school cliques: freak, princess, bully, jock and geek. At the very beginning of the movie when the characters are introduced, each of them are receiving a drive from one of their parents who is either too pushy, ignorant, or uncaring. Later on in the movie when each of the characters share their stories, they all reveal that their parents provide them with an unsatisfying home life. This rings true to the theme of missing or uncaring parents mentioned by Theresa Puchta. Although all of the characters are clothed to suit their particular part in the movie, they have been done so based on the latest fashions that certain clique adopted at that time. For example, it was “in style” for jocks to wear their school’s sport jackets, for geeks to wear the cardigans and khakis, bullies to wear leather jackets, weirdos to wear an assortment of clothing, and the popular girls to wear the fashion magazine trends. All of the characters are dressed in one of these ways. The soundtrack accompanying the movie was created by a very popular “top 40” band. The characters in this movie do not really display social concerns, outside of their own. They only address the concerns of their lives, none of society. The article was “right on” with these points.
The biggest and most attractive feature of Hughes’ films is the realistic dialogue, critics say it is “hip-just the way teens talk.” Theresa Puchta puts a little spin on that, she writes “though Hughes’ dialogue is realistic, funny and literate-certainly several notches above the drivel usually...