THE BREAKFAST CLUB: Emotionally Erratic

The Breakfast Club

Rewatching John Hughes’ 1985 classic The Breakfast Club is an odd experience. One part of my brain appreciates the films lasting legacy as a summation of teen angst amidst 1980’s iconography. The other part struggles with a tonal imbalance that frequently fluctuates between domestic drama and silliness.

Whether or not this imbalance is a symptom of The Breakfast Club’s legacy in contrast to the ways in which it has dated, it can’t be denied that the film is untouchable as a landmark that cemented Hughes’ stature as a master influence on teen dramedy

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club takes place at a suburban Chicago high-school over a Saturday detention attended by our five core characters that more or less represent the different school cliques: the jock, the prom queen, the nerd, the freak and the delinquent.

Despite the instruction to spend the whole 8 hours in silent reflection on their punishment and write a personal essay on “who they think they are”, they end up exploring their differences and recognising the common ground they share in the unrelenting pressure from others that inform their personalities. The respect to individuality is key, as the film attempts to shatter and redefine high-school stereotypes by having each character undergo, or at least humour, a change in world view after deconstructing the labels applied to them.

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