Five seemingly random high school students are forced to spend an entire Saturday Detention for their own various reasons. At 7am, they saw each other as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal with nothing in common. The vice principal, Mr. Vernon, assigns them a 1000 word essay in which they each answer the question “Who do you think you are?” Left to their own devices for 8 hours, the diverse group of teenagers wind up baring their hearts and souls to one another, only learn how similar they really are.
At the beginning of detention, they are just 5 teenagers with seemingly nothing in common. But by the end, they have become the Breakfast Club.
John Hughes has been able to capture teen life in ways that no one has been able to reproduce. His movies speak to the masses with a character for everyone to relate to, and The Breakfast Club is arguably one of his finest contributions. The movie follows 5 drastically different high school students, each embodying a particular high school stereotype. This film teaches us that beyond the stereotypes, we are all complex individuals and everyone is broken in some way with their own skeletons in their closet. Over the course of their day in detention, the five students learn how very similar they really are, despite the judgments they all passed on one another earlier that morning. This movie will span the test of time and serves a great message to teens and adults alike.
Coming of Age
Beyond the bravado, Bender is a broken individual. How much of his behavior is a reaction to his home life?
Discuss some things you have encountered that weren’t what they initially seemed?
Reading Level/ Interest Age
- Teen Rebellion
- Be aware of your library’s collection development policy.
- Be familiar with the material in question, and the context of the questionable content.
- Assert the principles of the ALA Library Bill of Rights, and standards of intellectual freedom.
- Consult online reviews, and others who are familiar with the material.
The Breakfast Club is a timeless classic that speaks to teens across the generations. Including this was a no-brainer.