The Breakfast Club (English Essay)

Topics: The Breakfast Club, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez Pages: 5 (1833 words) Published: August 1, 2008
The Breakfast Club – Movie Review
“They only met once, but it changed their lives forever.”

The Breakfast Club is a film written, produced and directed by John Hughes that was released in 1985 about High School stereotyping and Self Discovery in which a handful of common stereotypical unhappy high school students that are given an in school suspension at their local school “Sherman High” (Which is based in Chicago) from 8am in the morning until 4pm in the afternoon on a Saturday for them all individually breaking various school rules. (For Example… fire alarms being pulled when there was no fire and skipping school to go shopping.) This classic filmed has been intended to interest its teenage viewers but after time “The Breakfast Club” has shown to be very entertaining for adult audience.

The cast and characters of “The Breakfast Club” (In no particular order) include John Bender “The Criminal” (Played by Judd Nelson), Claire Standish “The Princess” (Played by Molly Ringwald), Andrew Clark “The Athlete” (Played by Emilio Estevez), Brian Johnson “The Brain” (Played by Anthony Michael Hall), Allison Reynolds “The Basket Case” (Played by Ally Sheedy), Principal Richard "Dick" Vernon (Played by Paul Gleason), and the School Janitor, Carl Reed (Played by John Kapelos).

It is quite difficult to summarize all of the positive things that this film delivers to the watching audience as it is all directed and acted out very nicely but I would have so say that the main positive thing about the film is that what it does and what it represents about these teenagers and about their school, it does so in a way that is not so realistic but entertaining in which makes the movie and story appear to be believable as if could actually happen with all the extra back story that the movie gives these characters as we learn about their own individuals personalities and preferences. Besides my main reason I’d just like to point out that in the 80’s you really couldn’t get a better teenage all star cast then who was casted in this particular movie as I gather that these young actors were of the most popular in their time (Not so today though XD), and you can really tell why with all of their brilliant acting and passion for their roles as you could really picture these characters as real people you see every day on the street to an extent (Even if the stereotypes are a little too emphasized.).

Besides the movie being a classic I’d like to mention that the Soundtrack even though it isn’t TOO great and is highly forgettable it contains the song “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds which is highly Unforgettable as many people who have grown up in the 80’s have stated that this Song is one that defines the 80’s Style of music and is considered a classic, So I would have to say 2 Thumbs Up for putting this as the movies theme song as it has made a lot of people happy when people look back at this movie or listen to the song for Nostalgic references.

Even though this film is considered THE best teen movie ever amongst some, every movie has its faults and negative parts about it because just like everything else in life “It can’t be perfect.” First I’ll start with how I dislike the way the Principle “Richard Vernon” was stereotyped in the film. Well as previously stated I disliked the way the Principle of the film was represented and stereotyped because I understand that having an “Evil Principle” in a movie is good for storytelling and entertainment it just felt really fake as I doubt that someone who has a job as a Principle at a public high school would dislike kids as much as the character the late Paul Gleason played.

Like Most movies, The Breakfast Club like every other older movie is starting to show it’s age with its corny catchphrases and fashion. People and Fans of the movie who grew up with it in the 80’s won’t mind these “Flaws” but the teenagers of this generation may not be so kind to it. I would suggest to not...
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