Saturday detention doesn’t seem like anything fun, but somehow director John Hughes managed to make it into one of the most classic movies of the ’80s, “The Breakfast Club.”
Five high schoolers are forced into a nine hour Saturday detention where they don’t know each other and if they do, it’s only by their brainwashed stereotype. During this detention they’re supposed to write a 1,000 word essay about who they think they are. From the beginning of the film, the characters think they already know who everyone is but by the end they learn they have things in common and develop a friendship.
Everyone knows high school cliques and stereotypes but the way the characters are portrayed in “The Breakfast Club,” it gives you a new perspective on them. While the characters make their way into detention, the viewer can easily find the princess, athlete, criminal, brain and basketcase in the group of kids.
These characters I thought were played by wonderful actors and actresses who have gone on to play in other famous ‘80s movies and continue with film such as Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez.
I really thought it was well done when they changed the way the character’s attitudes and perspectives were from the beginning. It gave the movie a good growth throughout the plot and made it interesting to the audience.
I also thought the dialogue and tone of the movie fit well together and aimed at a teenage audience in a great way. It wasn’t too cheesy but not too serious.
The way the characters relate to each other in the end by finding similarities between everyone is what makes this a heartfelt movie. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see a good film about adolescents at its best and worst because it has a deeper meaning than other cliche movies.
Overall out of 5 stars I would give this film a 4.5 because of its excellent portrayal of teenagers no matter the decade and strong connection to reality that makes it such a classic. Although it was an amazing film, I would’ve liked to have seen the film continue on a bit later to see where the characters are in their lives and who they’ve become since meeting.
No matter who they were or who they became from that Saturday detention, they will always be The Breakfast Club.