By Cole Lindbo
A diverse group of high school students are forced to spend detention on a Saturday in the library. These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common. Yet the students bond together when faced with the principal, and they realize that they have more in common than they may think. they learn to understand each other. They discover that in spite of their initial differences, they actually share many common feelings and problems.
There is the arrogant, tough guy. The insecure neurotic who hides behind her hair and clothes. The jock from the wrestling team. The prom queen. And the class brain.
Topics such as suicide, depression, social alienation, materialism, sex, and parental physical and emotional abuse are discussed openly in this movie. Although parents may not see this content is appropriate for their teenagers, it is a very much true representation of the daily lives teenagers faced then and present time.
The film does encourage the breakdown of social barriers. It has a positive effect on teenage identification and improved communication.
“The Breakfast Club is witty, hysterical and impacting with its in-depth portrayal of high school teenagers in the ‘80s. The film is heartfelt and is a great motion picture for generations of then, now and the future.”