The Breakfast Club

“We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”

The Breakfast Club

First up, I’ve been listening to this all day and it’s awesome. STEAMPUNK FOLK FAIRY-TALE IN SPACE and ALL THE FEELS. Also, really catchy tunes.

Anyway. This is what IMDb has to say about eighties high school film The Breakfast Club:

A diverse group of high schoolers forced to spend detention on a Saturday in the library. Forced to make the best of their circumstances, they learn to understand each other and discover that in spite of their initial differences, they actually share many common feelings and problems.

To which my response was, “Really? We’re watching a Disney film?”

Actually, The Breakfast Club could not be less like a Disney film. It is, in fact, an extremely realist, highly psychologically developed story in which nothing actually happens.

I’m serious. Five teenagers sit in a library, argue, smoke, hide from the teacher, sleep and get bored.

And not one of them – not even the nerdy one – even thinks to pick up a book.

That’s not really the point, though.

I wouldn’t be surprised if The Breakfast Club had started off life as a play. It has that kind of feel to it: static, very dialogue-focused and character-driven. There aren’t any goodies or baddies, not really, just people who each do good things and bad things. Your sympathies shift as the film moves on. It’s actually rather compelling, despite the lack of action.

In fact, it was all rather awesome, until about the last five minutes, when Sports Guy decides that he quite likes Basket-Case Girl…but only after she gets a makeover and completely changes her character, of course.

NO.

THIS IS NOT OKAY.

In a film whose entire message is pointing towards “it’s OK to be yourself, because we’re all, ultimately, human”, it really seems contradictory (not to mention annoying) to then say “oh, but, by the way, you actually have to conform because otherwise NO ONE WILL LIKE YOU. EVER.”

As you can probably tell from all the capitals, this is all making me quite ragey, so I’m going to stop. Essentially, The Breakfast Club is mostly a terrific and thought-provoking film. It’s just a shame it has to fall into the Grease Trap right at the last hurdle.

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