The Breakfast Club: THE Soberness Between Rebellion And Maturity From 7 to 3, the memorizes of 80s

Bottom(left to right):John the criminal, Andrew the athlete, Allison the basket case, Claire the princess, Brian the brain .

The story began at 7 o'clock in Shermer High School. Claire Standish, Andrew Clark, John Bender, Brian Johnson and Allison Reynolds were five students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in the school library. They have nothing to say when they came in the morning, they talk about their clubs, their families, compares what they have for breakfast, they make fun of the principal, at the end of 3, they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. To the outside world they were recognized as a Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, a Princess, and a Criminal, but to each other, they would always be the Breakfast Club.

John Hughes was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 1990s, known for "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)", "Home Alone (1990)" and "The Breakfast Club (1985)".

Why is it called " The breakfast club" ?

From the movie, The Breakfast Club is named by Brian Johnson at the end of the group's essay. When they first met at the begining of the film, the group of kids talking different kinds of club they take part in, this conversation foreshadows that they are also in a club right now, which started early, around breakfast time. So they named it as " The breakfast Club".

From the reality, The film's title comes from the nickname invented by students and staff for detention at New Trier High School, the school attended by the son of one of John Hughes' friends.

John Bender -- The criminal

Bender is a stereotypical "bad boy" in other people's view. His dominating personality gives him a more central role of the film, he is wild and thrives on his attitude. He is labelled failure and criminal throughout the film. But he lets people feel for him after they form an understanding of why he is so troubled and aggressive. He is thirsty of love from his parents, his wild and thrives is hiding the vulnerable in side his heart.

Claire Standish-- The Princess

Claire Standish is a typical “popular girl” around the school. She has looks wealth, status, and has a vibrant personality. She eats sushi at lunch, she wears diamond earrings, her dad drives a BMW. She has a perfect life in other people's view. But she said she won't become someone like her parents in the movie, she wanted to be loved.

Brian Johnson -- The Brain

Brian is a typical nerd in people's mind. He worked so hard, his parents got high expectation on him, he gots A on every courses. Actually his life is not that happy, he gots to many pressure on grades. I feel sorry for him when he said

I can’t have an F, I can’t have it and I know my parents can’t have it! Even if I aced the rest of the semester, I’m still only a "B". And everything’s ruined for me.

Allison Reynolds --The Basket Case

Allison Reynolds is an interesting character. She is silent and weird, she doesn't even talked at the begining of the movie. Unlike the other students, she is ignored at home and has no friends at school which maybe the reason why she decided go to the breakfast club.

Andrew Clark-- The athlete

Andrew Clarke was the stereotypical jock in the movie The Breakfast Club. He is really popular in the school because of all the sports he does. He should have a perfect that everyone admired to, but actually he has no confidence because what his father said.


I can't tell which character exactly I am, but when I realize the reason why Brian is in the club, I feel that I have something in common with him. He said in the movie "I can’t have an F, I can’t have it and I know my parents can’t have it! Even if I aced the rest of the semester, I’m still only a "B". And everything’s ruined for me." He and his parents have a high expectation to himself, he worked so hard, but right now he has to face the fact, he has to admit his failure in this semester. "I don’t understand what? You think I don’t understand pressure, Claire? Well fuck you! Fuck you!" It gives a lot of pressure that makes him can't breathe, he needs to find a way to abreact. My parents and I also give a lot pressure on me, I am willing to spend time on realize my goal, but sometimes the result is not as great as I expected, I feel grieved and I would shopping a lot to blow those negative feelings out.


Clair the princess( from the breakfast club) and Cher (form the Clueless) come form wealth families. At the begining of the movie, both of them thought those "popular boy" are the only date option in the school, but after the first date, they realized that these boys are not the one they are looking for. At the end of the movie, after getting along with John( the breakfast club) and Josh (Clueless), Clair and Cher fall in love with these two boys, even though they are not those "popular boy", but they are the best option for these two girls.

Although " The breakfast club "filmed years age, it still can resonate to the real society. As Brian said at the end of the film:

You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...and an athlete...and a basket case...a princess...and a criminal.

A brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, a criminal, we still can find these people in our school, people are still divided by their personality. But whatever their personality is, all of us is actually the same inside their heart, we just us those to disguise ourselves, pretend we are one of a group member "We're all pretty bizarre, some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all."

Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people. --The breakfast club.

People trying so hard to impress others 20 years, the same thing happened nowadays, people should spend more time be themselves, maybe it is unworthly to be someone else, that really resonate with me, it makes me fall in love with this movie, I can easily find my friend in the movie every time i see it.

John Bender is the most successful actor in the movie, his great acting made his character become vivid, his wild thrives personality gives him a central role of the five main characters. When John describes the abuse both verbal and physical from both his mother and father. He shows the scar from where his dad burnt him with a cigar. He seems like he doesn't care at all, he is fearless and ruthless, but I can also see his thirsty of love his helplessness, he feels so pathetic about his family and his life. When the principal told him:" They've forgotten all about you. And you're wrapped up in your own pathetic life." That is what he hates about his life, he seems like a little baby, helpless and sorrowful, made me feel so sad for him.

Clothing and accessories helps audience recognize actors' identity. John gots long hair, earrings, old grey coat, Denham jacket, cargo pants, filthy black boots with no laces, red flannel top with the sleeves ripped off, black gloves and his black glasses. He dresses up just like a "criminal" in the 80s.

The setting can give audiences a real reflection.The storeroom is one of the settings in the movie, I mention this place other than the library is because this is the place where we find out what type of guy John Bender really is. This happened when the principle told John to hit him but John was too much of a coward to actually do it.

The music and sound can help people get in to the mood of the movie. The breakfast club is often associated with the song "Don't you forget about me " , once at the begining once at the end, when the second time music plays, it makes me thinking about the ending, those people may not have a chance to get alone in the future, but they will never forget what happened this Saturday, they will always keep this memory in their heart, they might feel lonely, incomprehension by others, tired of impress people, but they will always remember that they are someone standing by their side.

I really love this movie, the five protagonists of movie are struggling, crying about domestic violence, academic pressure, the ardent hopes of their parents, untold misery ... These vital events for the growing young are often ignored by parents and the school. This movie reflects the living conditions and inner world of high school students in 80s, it also happens nowadays. So on that Saturday they find a way to vent and export those negative feelings instead of hiding the "wounds" inside their heart. Fortunately, at the end of the film, we see that they can help believe and support each other. The film has a great effective at communicating the key themes -- Peer pressure, it is clearly shown several times in the movie about different people.So this film is perfect for high school students, because the same thing also happens on them, they need to find a way to vent it out.

"The breakfast club" ties in to the coming of age stages, "coming of age" basically means growing up—and in The Breakfast Club, the main characters have to dealing with a world of clueless adults who totally don't understand them and are frequently hostile.

THIS MOVIE is a breaking of Stereotype!
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