When you hear the movie “Breakfast Club” what comes to mind? There is a good chance that the face of Molly Ringwald pops into your head. Some may also think “chick flick” as well and be done with it. But to be completely honest it is far from it; in fact it is one of those rare movies where both genders can think “I can relate to that.” Sure, it might have the Queen Teen of the 80s starring in it, but she isn’t the star of the film. The star power fell on all five of the main characters in the film including Ringwald herself.
The plotline is pretty basic: kids in detention for various reasons are stuck together on a Saturday, realize they have a lot more in common than they knew. Seems like the same formula for a lot of other teen movies as well, but this one stands out of the crowd. Maybe it is because it was one of the first movies to relate to actual teens. It was believable and that was what made (and still makes it) a classic. Some of you may think the movie is outdated, but it really isn’t. Sure their clothes and music are set in the 80’s, but you can overlook those small details and focus on the story instead.
The character that stands out for me in this movie is Bender (played by Judd Nelson) “the criminal”. He comes off being a jerk, but you end up seeing the reason why he became the way he is, as well as the other characters. Each person holds their own in the movie, even the supporting characters such as the principal and the janitor. You catch a glimpse of these characters feeling similar frustrations to the teenage students. They show that no matter what age you are, you feel unfulfilled, unwanted, or feel that you could be so much more than what you are now.
I believe this is the reason why The Breakfast Club has stayed as popular as it has over the years. John Hughes made a movie that did not have typical Hollywood formula. It goes beyond a stereotype of a character and shows the real person behind that facade. It can connect with any person of any age at any point in their lives and think “Hey I feel/felt like that”. You don’t have to be “a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, or a criminal” to understand.