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The Breakfast Club (1985)

14 Apr

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Teen movies, as well as comedies, are rarely astonishingly good and I always try to find the ones that are worth watching.  After doing a little bit of research I have come to the conclusion that the best years for teen movies were the 80s. Films back than reflected the issues teenagers go through in a serious, structural manner, putting them in the environment that mirrors their distress. They took all the negativity and sorrow and combined it with the rebellious and comic side of youth and so managing to create films that affect you, changing your perspective on things or at least to take them in regard, and entertain you with scenes filled with the beauty of being a teenager.

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American comedy-drama film written and directed by John Hughes. This man is known as the king of teen movies, a name well deserved because he directed or scripted some of the most successful teen films of the 1980s such as: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. Most films today regarding teenage issues are put in a superficial way, making most of the time, the young ones seem self-involved obsessed with the idea of losing one’s virginity. John Hughes films are so much more than that, they analyse all the struggles teens go through, from parents ignorance to love and betrayal.

The Breakfast Club is my most loved teen movie off all times, it presents the coming of age of five high school students, which are from different cliques, report for detention on a Saturday morning. These kids know each other, but rarely interact and now they are forced to spend eight hours together, which will change their lives forever. The teacher in charge of the detention asks them to write an essay about who they thing they are, regardless of the fact that he has already labelled them all – “criminal” John Bender (Judd Nelson), “athlete” Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez), “brain” Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall), “basket case” Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy), and “princess” Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald).

I found the plot of this film unique and fascinating, in eight hours, the students do everything there is to do in forming a friendship at that age. They fight, exchange secrets, do acts that are against adult approval, experience love, but at the end of the day they are conscious that their friendship will not exist anymore once the detention is over. The scenes cut from a serious moment between the group, to a hilarious one in which they either run from the teacher in the school’s halls or Bender going through the ventilation shaft.  This film is the pick, of what a teen movie should be about, not only is it well written and put together, but the sound track goes perfect with the scenes, the actors seem natural in their role and it is really well filmed. I am fascinated by it and if you guys have not seen it yet, I suggest you watch it – believe me you will not regret it.

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