I know this movie was released over twenty years ago. But this movie will forever be etched in our memory. The message is clear, lived by many, and easy to relate to. There's no doubt The Breakfast Club teaches us many lessons.
Although it has been more than twenty years, the same issues still exist. How people judge each other on first appearances rather than getting to know the people. We also often judge them by their labels rather than the real person is. High school is like a social club. There are cliques, groups, friends, and enemies. Kids are judging each other and wishing they were someone else. The halls are filled with peer pressure and back-stabbers.
Like most of us, each of the characters from the movie, came from a different world view. The Breakfast Club is a collection of high school students who attend a Saturday detention for each of their indiscretions. But it’s not only a movie about Saturday detention in high school. It is about how a different people with different label found a way to relate with each other.
We may be different but we are all the same underneath. We all have vulnerabilities and fear. We love and we hate. We often have to read a few chapters before we can gain interest in a book. How is it possible to know what the book will be like just by viewing its appearance or cover? In instant we can look at someone and know what we think of him or her. We can decide if we will like them just by judging their social status or how many friends they collected.
While in detention, the teacher gave them an assignment. They should write an essay about “Who you think you are.” Each person has a good idea of what the other is. Yet through some discussions and arguments, they learn that they have more similarities than at first sight.
The character, Claire is a school queen bee you can say. She's the princess; Without her, a party won't even going. Andrew is an athlete, the popular guy at school. Brian is a nerd. Allison is a loner. And Bender is a criminal. What a different labels they have. But in the end, they can find a way to relate. They have their own problems, that other people may not even know.
Each other has their own problems and as insignificant as they might appear, to a teenager, they are almost everything. This is what this movie successfully captures. If anything, the teenage years are a time of self-consciousness and angst. When we look back at it, it seems funny. However, at that point in our lives, it is important.At the end, the brain, Brian, wrote the group's essays by saying: "...we think you're crazy to make us write this essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us...in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal."
That's certainly the way that they saw themselves at the beginning of the day, but as the day unwinds, they begin to realize that they share, deep down, the same fears, triumphs, degradations and insecurities; a common bond.
We just have to be willing to realize deep down and find a way to relate. We need to learn to care about others and accept them as individuals rather than people we just don't like. Like what John Bender said, "What do you care what I think anyway? I don't even count... Right? I could disappear forever and it wouldn't make any difference. I might as well not even exist at this school remember?"
The point is, we should be more willing to accept people because we are all human after all. This is often easier said than done and is give and take but walking a mile in someone else's shoes makes a world of difference. After watching this movie, I hope we all realize if we would all follow the theme of The Breakfast Club, the world could and would be a better place.
"...And these children that you spit on as they try change their worlds are immune to your consultation. They're quite aware of what they're going through." -David Bowie.