Up to this point, The Breakfast Club was that film that everyone referenced, but no one explained. And the title doesn’t much help the ignorant. However, this past week I finally had the opportunity to discover what this cultural favorite was all about. The professor for my Perspectives on Communications class made it required viewing for an assignment. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but the unexplored world of light-washed mom jeans and puffy hair was intriguing.
The genius of the movie is that its plot, or lack thereof, is centered around the what if question: What if five of a high school’s most notorious stereotypes were put in a room together for an extended period of time? Nevertheless, the film highlights the fact that people are often messy and hard to rationalize. And that stereotypes hide their true personalities.
For my communications class, I was asked to identify three theories present in the interactions between characters. And there were quite a few. The way that people communicate is often as complicated and inconsistent as the identities behind their images. Thus The Breakfast Club, though wacky and hilarious and sometimes uncomfortable, is a movie about reality. I appreciated its no-gloss depiction of the teenage struggle to fit in. Yet, I’m not sure I’d call it a favorite.