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30th Anniversary of The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is a notorious classic. It brings adults back to their adolescence, captures a perfect picture of teenage life and unravels stereotypes. The Breakfast Club is the movie that premiered in 1985 and is still being constantly watched and critiqued 30 years later. This year, 2015, is the 30th anniversary of John Hughes film masterpiece.

The movie is about five teens who are each given detention by an oppressive principal played by Paul Nelson. All of the characters are from different backgrounds with different problems, all arriving at detention with preconceived assumptions of each other. The movie has a main theme of at first falling victim to these assumptions, then questioning them and finally forming a more accurate understanding of that person. Throughout the movie the brain, the basket case, the princess, the slacker and the jock bond and become the famous Breakfast Club. Filled with funny, risky and relatable drama, the movie captures a true image of high schoolers in the 1980s and carries over to relate to teenagers today. Admittedly, the problems of the five teens are are fairly stereotypical: the princess, Claire, is only shown love through material objects from her parents, the jock has a father that is a perfectionist, and so on. The creativity of the film lies in the portrayal of the teens and the way they accept and discover each others differences and similarities.

The song Don’t Forget About Me by Simple Minds, and the famous essay wraps the movie up with a feeling of change and understanding that has persisted for the last 30 years. It will never be forgotten that every one  “is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal.”