Jonathan Barker – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- High school is a very complex time of everybody’s life. Parents blame it on hormones, while the student blames it on the parents. However, these are only two of the factors. Everyone is their own complex individual, and the ambition to express themselves and be accepted stays consistent.
There is a big market for media that tries to replicate the high school experience through their characters and convey the same feelings and emotions that was once felt by the audience. The epitome of this kind of media is the endearing 1985 film, “The Breakfast Club.” The plot revolves around five totally different teenagers all serving Saturday school.
LRHS Junior Jack Hudson enjoys the film. “It is very entertaining and I can relate to it,” he said.
John Hughes was the director, writer, and producer of the picture. Hughes’ filmography reflects that he was the master of teen-comedy dramas of the 1980’s, directing 1984’s “Sixteen Candles,” 1985’s “Weird Science,” 1986’s “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and 1989’s “Uncle Buck,” as well as writing the screenplay for 1986’s “Pretty in Pink.”
The first scene starts with Claire, played by Molly Ringwald, talking to her father in his car. She begins by saying, “I can’t believe you couldn’t get me out of this.” The father then sums up their relationship with his response, “How about after this I go buy you something?”
The shell of each character is revealed in their first scenes. Brian, played by Anthony Michael Hall, has high expectations set for him by his parents. “This is the last time, you better get something done,” his mother sternly tells him as he leaves the car.
LRHS freshman Brayden Mathis feels like Brian at times. “School is difficult, its a lot of work and a lot of pressure for my future,” he said.
Andrew, played by Emilio Estevez, is the athlete who is pushed by his father, “Don’t blow your chances of a scholarship.”
Allison, played by Ally Sheedy, rides in the backseat, even though the passengers seat is available.
Bender (Judd Nelson) walked to school.
Assistant principal Richard Vernon (Paul Gleason), the supervisor of Saturday school, lays down the rules and the assignment of the day. “No talking, no sleeping, no eating. Today’s assignment will be a 1000-word essay on who you think you are. You have until 4 p.m.”
“Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?” Bender responds.
The movie relies on its sharp dialogue to keep the audience entertained as well as slowly unveiling the depth of each character.
Everyone comes forward and reveals their flaws and how they got the Saturday detention.
Andrew cannot “think for himself” and that he “harassed the kid for his father, he always goes off about what he did in high school, and I started to feel like he was disappointed that I never cut loose, I did it for my father. He’s like this mindless machine I can’t relate to.”
Brian asks arguably the most important question of the film, “what is going to happen to us on Monday? I consider you guys my friends.”
With weariness in her voice, Claire answers, “You want the truth, probably not.” Claire breaks down and shows the irony of friends at times. “I’m not saying that to be conceded, I’m saying that because I hate having to go along with everything my friends say. You don’t understand, you’re not friends with the type of friends that I hang out with.”
LRHS junior Ellie Johnson can relate about peer pressure. “Peer pressure is a part of high school, for better or for worse,” she said.
At the end of the film they turn in their paper as one collective paper written by Brian.
“But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at 7 this morning. We were brainwashed.”
By the end of the movie they realize that everyone is different, but they also see that everybody goes through the same struggles and everyone feels pain. “The Breakfast Club” is real, it is a movie about different people, with one idea about each other. One judgment is what they based each other off of, and by the end of the film they realize the lunacy in that.