UPB Movies: 'The Breakfast Club': Where Do You Fit In?

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 at 11:04 PM
UPB Movies: 'The Breakfast Club': Where Do You Fit In? by Hannah Webster

“You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions.” One of the most famous movies of the ‘80s ends with that quote.

Have you ever wondered where you fit in? High school stereotypes are more prominent, but they can exist in college too. Maybe the reason “The Breakfast Club” became so popular is because we are all trying to fit a certain mold. Stereotypes are generally based on some aspect of truth. The characters in “The Breakfast Club” represent us, the audience.

The depiction of high school reality is very well pronounced in film. It is something everyone goes through, so it is easily relatable and a generally successful theme. Now we might not have all experienced detention, but it’s hard not to put yourself in the film when the context is so real.

“The Breakfast Club” focuses on the stories of each character and how they are all brought together for the first time. With humor and an earnest manner, the film has captivated audiences merely due to the character’s demeanors. The majority of the film is set in the same location yet, it never loses our attention.

One of the most memorable parts of the film is by far the ending scene, but what makes it pop is the song “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” What makes this song so perfect for this movie is the entirety of the lyrics. The song is basically a reprise of the movie and a question that each of the characters face at the end of the movie: “Will we all still be friends on Monday?” The song also goes further than the movie and has attracted teens and young adults alike purely based on the emotional feel the song portrays.

When a film earns attention years after being produced and publicly presented, it is easy to assume the cast and crew did a phenomenal job. In 2006, Entertainment Weekly ranked “The Breakfast Club” as No. 1 on a list of the best high school movies of all time. This film has also been awarded the 2005 MTV Movie Awards Silver Bucket of Excellence and was honored at the 2010 Academy Awards with cast member appearances in tribute to writer and director John Hughes, who died of a heart attack in August 2009.

Since the 1985 release of the film, many tributes have been made, especially in television. Hit shows such as “Dawson’s Creek,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Scrubs,” “South Park,” “The Office,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Family Guy,” among others, paid tribute to this beloved film.

“The Breakfast Club” is among other classics that have been picked by the University Programming Board to air on a bi-weekly basis. Filling the gaps between each classic movie will be recently aired modern film.

Now, I will leave you with this question: are you a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, or a criminal.

Hannah Webster is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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