Does this look familiar?
If your answer to our question is no, then let us introduce you to this 80s classic – The Breakfast Club. This movie is nothing short of an emotional roller-coaster and this is not surprising considering that it was written, directed and produced by John Hughes.
If we’re being honest, there is nothing major about the plot of this movie and this is what makes it so great in our opinion. To sum it all up, this movie is the gift that keeps on giving. The first time you watch it – you’ll be gripped by the strong characters created by Hughes. The second time will be a whole new experience. You’ll start to notice certain scenes which have a comic element which completes the movie – I mean, have you ever crushed your cereal, put it in your sandwich, topped it with a ridiculous amount of sugar and called it ‘lunch’?
Basically, this movie follows the day of five teens – all coming from different backgrounds, in Saturday detention. They pretty much spend the whole day together doing…nothing! I know what you’re thinking: ‘This movie must suck!’ If you’re thinking this, you’re wrong. The interesting part about this movie is when these five start interacting with each other. With a little cameo from Mrs. Mary J (if you know what we mean), they start spilling the beans, having some heated arguments, revealing their hidden talents and saying what they have always been too afraid to say.
Something to notice in this movie is the choice of camera angles used by Hughes. When the characters are shot individually, the camera is at eye level with them, symbolising the fact that although they come from different social groups, in the end, they are still on the same level; struggling high school students. This angle changes when Principal Vernon comes into the shot; the camera is set as if it is looking down on the characters thus showing his superiority. Undoubtedly, these choices contribute heavily to the message that Hughes was trying to portray regarding social groups.
So, let’s break it down and give you some of our opinions.
We must admit, choosing a favourite character was not easy! However, we chose John Bender and Claire Standish. We genuinely feel that if we were to attend the same high school, we would definitely make good friends! We admire Bender’s outspoken and at times blunt personality but at the same time we can also relate to Claire’s pressure to always look ‘on point’ and make the sensible choice. Despite the fact that they seem like different people, in the end it becomes very evident that their characters are actually quite similar! This is probably why our friendship works out so well!
This movie is full of ‘quotable’ moments but we both feel like the most quotable character in this movie is John Bender. One of our favourite quotes has to be; “Screws fall out all the time. The world is an imperfect place.” This quote perfectly sums up Bender’s sarcastic but poetical character. Another quote is “Neo-Maxi Zoon Dweebie” – this was actually improvised by Judd Nelson which makes it all the more impressive! I mean, only Bender can pull off saying this as an insult – and we’re jealous!
If this wasn’t enough to convince you, here are a couple more reasons to spark your interest:
- The Soundtrack: No explanation needed. Just a link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdqoNKCCt7A
- John Hughes: The artistic way in which Hughes uses cinematography and mise-en-scene in this movie is reason alone to watch the story of these ‘famous 5’ come alive.
- The Humour: This easy-watch movie is full of quirky jokes that can lift up your spirits anytime you are in need of a laugh.
Now don’t be such a neo-maxi zoon dweebie and go watch it already!