The Breakfast Club

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"Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us...In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...an athlete...a basket case...a princess...and a criminal...Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club."

The Breakfast Club is a story about five seemingly different students who have to spend their Saturday in school detention. They are each given an assignment to write an essay on who they think they are. Throughout the day, the students bond with one another and redefine their own social stereotypes. In the end, they decide to write one essay instead of them all writing one each. The message in the essay says that it doesn't matter who they think they are because people see them the way they want to see them.

These students have their own title throughout the movie as this is how everyone sees them at school: John Bender the 'criminal', Andrew Clark the 'athlete', Brian Johnson the 'brain', Alison Reynolds the 'basket case' and Claire Standish the 'princess'. Throughout 8 hours in detention, these students gradually come to realise that under all the high school social scene, the problems that they face are more similar than they think. Brian experiences major pressure from his parents to maintain perfect grades. Claire experiences family problems as her parents are on the edge of splitting up and her dad spoils her and is a big push over. Andrew also experiences pressure from his dad to do well in his sport, he doesn't like living at home because he has 'got to be winner, no losers allowed in the family'. Allison is neglected by her parents. She makes it clear that her parents ignore her and don't pay attention to her. John experiences physical and verbal abuse at home by...
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