As my first ever episode of Watch the Classics with me (read more about the ‘Classics series’ here, where I explain the concept and talk about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein), I decided to write about this great film I’ve only seen fairly recently. Yes, you guessed it from the title: it’s The Breakfast Club.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Director: John Hughes
Writer: John Hughes
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Paul Gleason, John Kapelos and more
Honestly, I didn’t have any. I didn’t know what it was about or anything about it really. I did once see the final scene of the film but that didn’t tell me much about the story itself (plus, I’ve already forgotten). I thought the film could be one I would enjoy since the premise is “five different people spend time together” and it’s all set in high school which is one of my guilty pleasures. But beyond that, I had no expectations at all.
Social experiment or teenage drama?
It is difficult for me to describe this film using your usual ‘film related’ labels. As the film is about 5 teenagers being stuck in detention together, I’d say it is a teenage drama. To a certain degree, anyway. But this film is just so much more than that and when I describe it as anything starting ‘teenage’, I feel like I am not doing the film justice.
Imagine five completely different people being forced to spend 9 hours together. Each person has their own quirks, opinions and issues. Does this sound like an intriguing concept to you? Because it sure does to me! And, you guessed it, it is the main premise of this film. And that’s why I would prefer to describe this piece as more of a social experiment than anything else.
Everyone has their own baggage
One of the things I loved most about the film is how it explores our human nature. The things we want, the things we do and why we want to do them. You have five different characters.
a basket case,
and a criminal.
Each different and yet the same. We all have different problems and reasons, we all have our own baggage. And what is so beautiful about this film is that it tells you that you cannot just label someone with the most convenient definition you find – even though each of us probably is either a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess or a criminal. But it doesn’t matter, because even if all of us are different, in the end we all have much more in common than it seems.
I really enjoyed this film. I thought it spoke a lot about what it means to be a teenager/young adult, and about the challenges we face. It discusses a lot of problems of our existence, of trying to find our place in the world, our identity. I have related to most of the characters and the final scene made me cry.
I would recommend this film to all of you. It is hard to describe, but definitely worth the watch.
Let me know in the comments if you have ever watched this film and what you thought of it. And also, are you a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess or a criminal? (I personally think I am a brain.)