"We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all."
Fourth movie down! I'm actually struggling to find movies now, because I haven't really been actively looking for movies to watch, they just happen to catch my interest. Since my focus for this quarter was screenwriters and the script of movies, I searched up a list of some of the best movie scripts and came up with a few titles that I have heard of before and have an interest to watch. Additionally, I've decided to have a small section of my blog posts under Reflection where I cite specific reviews of the movie and respond to them.
John Hughes writes, directs, produces, and even stars in (momentarily) this movie. There are so many great one liners in this, and a lot of back and forth dialogue that is so smart and fun to watch. But the funny thing is, most of the lines and details that really made an impact with me were improvised. I'm probably going to have a lot of gif sets for this movie because there were so many quips from Bender and the crew that really stuck with me. So finally, here's a link to the script of The Breakfast Club, just because I think it's really cool, haha.
Click HERE for The Breakfast Club SUMMARY
The Breakfast Club is a 1 hour and 37 minute film from one of the best years in movies, 1985. The movie centers around 5 high schoolers who have to spend their Saturday in detention. Each student represents a stereotypical group at the school. John Bender (Judd Nelson) is the criminal, Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald) is the princess, Andrew "Andy" Clarke (Emilio Estevez) is the athlete, Brian Ralph Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall) is the brain, and Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) is the basket case. Richard "Dick" Vernon (Paul Gleason) is the uptight school assistant principal, who attempts to keep the students in line. Lastly, Carl Reed (John Kapelos) is the carefree janitor.
The Breakfast Club is weird in all the best ways. From the witty yet outdated dialogue and the over exaggerated incredulous looks the teenagers would give each other, I raised my eyebrows more than once at all their incredible antics. Another thing that I found kind of hard to believe was that the teenagers could go from making each other cry to laughing with each other in a matter of seconds. Maybe this was just meant to show their group dynamic and how they were all emotionally unstable. It's also possible this was just meant to be another exaggeration of teenage behavior. But somehow, it all works.
Now that the confusing stuff is out of the way, I can only gush about this movie. I found this film extremely relatable, and it tugged at my heartstrings more than just once. Maybe it's just because I'm in high school as well, but out of all the movies I've watched so far on this project, this is the one that actually made me cry. During the climax of this movie, the teens come together and talk about their secrets and reasons for being in detention (I was shocked to learn that pretty much the entirety of this scene was improvised by the actors!). Allison tells the group a crazy story about having relations with her therapist, much to the disgust of Claire. But when Claire finally gives in to the group's teasing and says that she is a virgin, Allison says that she never really did any of that crazy stuff. She's just a compulsive liar. Andrew follows up by revealing that he taped the nerd Larry Lester's butt in the locker room as he was cheered on by his friends. He shows regret for it, saying that his father implanted the mindset in him of being disgusted by weakness, and he feels intense pressure from his dad to be a "winner". But Andrew feels remorse, thinking about how embarrassed the student must have been when he came home to his dad and had to explain what happened. This is where I started to tear up, because the connection Estevez made hit me hard. I really imagined Andrew coming home to his father and being congratulated, while Larry had to go to his father and feel ashamed, and the father feeling helpless. Bender then steps on the feels train and comments that his dad and Andrew's dad should "get together and go bowling", because they're both very manipulative and uncaring people. This shows a real character arc on Bender's behalf, because he goes from bickering with Andrew over things that don't really matter, to relating to him on a really heavy topic. Then Claire shows the gang a lipstick trick and everything goes south again. Bender gets angry at Claire because she has everything and he has nothing. He then repeats Andrew's words from earlier to the movie, "I don't even count, right?", showing that it really hurt him. Brian then asks the group if, come Monday, they would all still be friends during school. Claire tells him no, that they would go back to bullying and hating each other. The group gets angry at Claire for this, and Brian says he would never do that because "it's a realy sh--ty thing to do". Brian starts to cry. When Brian cried, tears were full on streaking down my face. I suppose I related the most to Brian, because he was the geek, the nerd. And when he started telling the story of how he got caught with a gun in his locker because he was planning to kill himself over an F in his shop class, my stomach dropped. His whole problem might be really comedic because to some, his grades are still immaculate. But I related so much to his self destructive way of thinking. He felt so much pressure to be a perfect straight A kid that even a little mistake devastated him. When he said that he looked at himself from the outside and he didn't like what he saw, this hit home as well. Self confidence is a problem for all teenagers, but the fact that Brian was being openly tormented for his quirks made me upset. I found his dialogue so sweet and innocent and sad. But of course, the sadness didn't last long. He revealed that the gun was a flare gun, and along with the characters in the movie, I started giggling. Then Allison follows up by saying that she only came to detention because she didn't have anything better to do, and we were all hysterically laughing at that point. I think that's one of the better qualities in this movie. The ability to handle emotion so well, and although confusing at times, switch back and forth between serious tension and carefree teenage antics.
The students in this movie are meant to be very stereotypical at first, and it's important that you stick with them and trust that these characters are so much more than the label forced upon them. Sure, you can say they chose to adopt these personas, but they were more inclined to be how they are because of outside influences like their home or school life. And by the end, you see that they transcend their "cliquey" tendencies to try and discover who they really are, together.
"Nothing that happens in "The Breakfast Club" is all that surprising. The truths that are exchanged are more or less predictable, and the kids have fairly standard hang-ups. It comes as no surprise, for example, to learn that the jock's father is a perfectionist, or that the prom queen's parents give her material rewards but withhold their love. But "The Breakfast Club" doesn't need earthshaking revelations; it's about kids who grow willing to talk to one another, and it has a surprisingly good ear for the way they speak...The only weaknesses in Hughes' writing are in the adult characters: The teacher is one-dimensional and one-note, and the janitor is brought onstage with a potted philosophical talk that isn't really necessary. Typically, the kids don't pay much attention." -Roger Ebert
The Criminal: Always charming, Bender had attitude and emotion.
The Princess: Claire was blunt and conceited at times, but she had a lot of heart.
The Brain: Brian was geeky and aloof, but he was still really sweet and funny.
The Athlete: Andrew became a voice of reason, despite his aggressive tendencies.
The Basket Case: Allison is quiet and odd, but she has a lot of thoughts that deserve to be listened to.
The satisfying ending scene to The Breakfast Club, paired with the now popular Simple Minds song, "Don't You (Forget About Me)". Bender's final hand thrust into the air became a symbol in the 80s, and it was completely improvised.
So that's it from the Breakfast Club! I could honestly put a lot more stuff in here but I figured the post was already getting too lengthy. This is probably going into my favorites list. Until next time.
The Breakfast Club."
This should go without saying.
Kelby Custodio, Junior at Pacifica High School.