Friday, 2 January 2015

The Breakfast Club Review

The Breakfast Club is a buildungsroman of five high school stereotypes who figure themselves out that dull Saturday when they meet each other in detention. Brilliant acting by the star cast; the last scene where they are sitting on the floor and discussing what they did to get in here is pretty interesting.


Good work in showing how family and parental influence affects children; the peer and parental pressure and “image” that directs their lives, and others’. Sexuality, grades, friends, fighting parents- everyone’s life juggles between these and they come out of the detention room with an essay telling ‘who they are’. It is not an emotional or nostalgic movie, and is a fine watch, but won’t make you reaching out for tissues, reminding you of your school times. Written and directed by John Hughes, it is a clich├ęd story, but a good critical reading into the mindset of children.


My favourite line from the movie, with which I cannot agree more: “We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.” One-time watch, for being a movie produced in 1985, and still gaining new viewers like me.

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