Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is a movie that could be considered one of the all time classics. It has gained this status by appealing to as many people as possible. The context of the movie is that five teenagers; a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal, are forced to serve a Saturday detention together. Pushed out of their normal social circles and together, these teens figure out that they have just as much in common as they do different. This movie breaks the norm by showing people in different circles interacting and becoming friends.The stereotype is that people stick with their friends, and while it can be true, some great friendships have come out of mixing social circles.

The five teens also discover things about themselves, first being that no one is truly satisfied. They all have some issue, in home life, in school life, or in their social lives. And while society paints the popular people with perfect lives, the athlete and the princess are shown to be extremely unhappy with their relationships with their parents. Through their self-discovery, they also discover that their lives and situations overlap. They also bond on a deeper level of friendship than their other school friends. They shared secrets and worries and even hopes. All because of a day confined together. In the end nobody is that different. We are all human, we all want to be accepted, we all fear isolation, and we all contain; a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.


  1. I like that you chose the Breakfast Club as your work to analyze. It's cool how it plays up stereotypes and rips them down simultaneously. The story contains a lot of the typical social groups within highschools and how everybody is so "different", but it's great that it breaks those barriers down. It shows that while everybody is different on the outside, we can all still connect and we all face similar struggles on the inside. It's good for american culture to see this movie because we oftentimes mistake ourselves as being irreconcilable.

  2. I think that this movie accurately captures the life of a teenager. We all have separate clues and secret hopes dreams, and fears. I do believe that if a few teenagers are put into a room for a few hours, that wonderful bonds and friendships will come out of it.