To me this is a classic and it still relevant now as it was in 1985 when it was released. It also gave us the “Brat Pack” and the stunning track “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds.
Starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy it follows 5 teenagers that have a Saturday Detention at their High School for a various of reasons and we learn all about different stereotypes and that they ‘re relevant to each one of them.
It’s Saturday March 24th and five students make their way to the Library at Shermer High School for an all day detention, whilst not strangers they all come from different groups, Clare (Molly) who is pampered and rich, Andrew (Emilio) who is State Champion Wrestler, Brian (Anthony) a geekish intellect, Allison (Ally) an outsider and John (Judd) a delinquent. When they’re all in the library Assistant Principal Richard Vernon (Paul) instructs them to sit and not to speak, sleep or move until they write a 1000 word essay on who they think they are. John has no regards to the rules and tries to wind Clare and Andrew up and starts messing around with the door that causes Vernon to come in and John ends up arguing with him giving him 8 (though Brian says it’s 7) more weekends of detentions and takes him to the storage closet but escapes back to the library and after they manage to retrieve marijuana from John’s locker and share it between them the group start to open up to each other and why they’re in detention. The group find that even with their differences they all face the same pressures and complications in their lives and begin to forge friendships and even romantic relationships. As the day draws to a close Clare asks Brian on behalf of the others if he can write the essay for all of them.
As they leave Vernon finds the essay and Brian’s reads part of it as Allison and Andrew kiss with Allison taking the champions badge from his Letterman Jacket, Clare and John also Kiss and Clare gives john one of her diamond earrings.
Brian reads that ” Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…” with the others adding their own stereotype – Andrew ” …and an athlete…” – Allison “…and a basket case…” – Clare “…a princess…” – John “…and a criminal…” before Brian finishes the essay “Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”
This is slightly different from the original opening narrative by Brian at the begin “Saturday, March 24,1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.”
There are some other great lines in the film too, here are a couple that I like from when they start to have Lunch –
John: Well, Brian, this is a very nutritious lunch. All the food groups are represented. Did your mom marry Mr. Rogers?Brian: Uh, no. Mr. Johnson.
John: What’s that?Claire: Sushi.John: Sushi?Claire: Rice, raw fish and seaweed.John: You won’t accept a guy’s tongue in your mouth, and you’re going to eat that?Claire: Can I eat?John: I don’t know. Give it a try.