It had been a while since I saw Breakfast Club. I knew it was a classic but there was not much I could remember. When my friend came over and suggested we’d watch it, I agreed. The Breakfast Club is a coming-of-age film that mainly takes place in the library of a high school. The story is about a group of five teenagers who spend a Saturday in detention together. While they all appear to be stereotypes and all belong to a different clique, they learn that they have more in coming than they initially thought.
It’s been a while since I’ve had my coming-of-age (although I am still a teenager at heart), but I still enjoy these stories. I think The Breakfast Club especially provides a great insight into the minds of teenagers. I’m a teacher at a high school and I still see the different stereotypes and cliques. This film is a great way to break the stereotypes, which is why I wrote a list of things I’ve learned from watching The Breakfast Club.
1. Don’t get detention in America
You will have to be at school at 7 am on a Saturday. That should be torture enough, but then they also make you write a 1000-word essay on who you think you are. This should be unacceptable. Also, who makes the vice-principal work during the weekend? No wonder he was so frustrated. The weekend is sacred for a teacher!
2. Instead of judging, we should listen
It takes a while before the teenagers get along with each other. They all see each other the way society pressured them to see each other. When you are popular, you cannot be seen interacting with the nerd. When you are an athlete, you have to stay away from the bad kids. This is still happening at schools today. Teenagers are constantly pressured to act a certain way or to look a certain way. They have to live up to the standards set by the group they belong to. This is part of growing up, but it isn’t always a good thing. As a teenager, you are trying to find out who you are. It is difficult to find that out, if you are constantly trying to be someone else. In the film they learn that they have a lot in common. They learn that each has their own story and their own struggles. Therefore it is important not to judge a book by its cover.
3. Some people should not become teachers
It is very much frowned upon to lock a student into a closet. Also, when you threaten a student and give him two months of detention, just because, that’s not cool. I think it is important to stimulate kids to make the most of themselves and their talents. Yes, I know this is a film and the portrayal is dramatic, but there are teachers like that out there in the real world. I guess that this film made me think and realise I want to be a better teacher.
4. Adults need to learn how to understand their kids
Most of the issues the kids had were with their parents. Basically none of the adults in this film had any understanding of their children. They either abused them or neglected them or used them for their own gain. I think that the sad thing about adulthood is that many forget what it’s like to be young and trying to find out who you are. I do hope that as I get older and potentially have children of my own, I won’t forget what it’s like to be young.
5. Love is not limited by stereotypes
At the end of the film, some of these characters find out that they do like each other a lot. While they all realise their relationship will end when their detention ends, it still shows that love is not limited by stereotypes. As long as you get to know a person, it doesn’t really matter who they are. Love can grow between us all. Even after just a day of detention.
Have you seen the Breakfast Club? What did you think of it?