The Breakfast Club
November 18, 2017
The Breakfast Club is so much more than that movie Anna Kendrick watches in Pitch Perfect. It’s the quintessential teen movie, regardless of when you were a teenager.
The premise, at first glance, is simple: five high schoolers have Saturday detention for the day with the menacing Vice Principal, Richard Vernon. Obviously, all the students would rather not be there, and as such your typical 80’s hijinks ensue as they try and make their detention unforgettable.
What really makes The Breakfast Club great isn’t the plot, but the characters. Each of the students represent a traditional high school stereotype at the start of the movie: the loser nerd, the golden-boy athlete, the weird goth, the snobbish princess, and the future criminal. The presence of all these stereotypes in one room provides your typical cross section of an American high school, whether in the 1980’s or today. This relatability is what draws the viewer in. Everyone went through high school, and thus everyone can relate to it.
Every character in this movie is three-dimensional; they all change by the end of the film. They each desire to escape from their cliches for at least one day and act like themselves. The golden boy wants to break the rules. The princess doesn’t want to be a princess. The kids all realize that they had more in common than they thought, and as such a deep bond forms for just one day. This clash of cliches is what makes the movie so interesting, as the characters continue to surprise and evade the viewers’ expectations. The dialogue is witty and fun yet serious when it needs to be, the acting is top notch for a young cast, and the ending is satisfying yet still leaves room for interpretation.
One of the few noticeable flaws in this movie is that the pacing is a little off. It starts off very slow as every character is introduced and then quickens rapidly until the ending is upon you before you know it. That being said, it does little to detract from the viewing experience.
The Breakfast Club is not this dramatic epic or an emotional tear jerker; it’s just a fun movie that everyone over the age of fifteen can enjoy.