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Danielle Konopa

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A Communications Analysis of..
By: Danielle Konopa, David Bailey, Kristen Crown,
Jevon Mollett, Jeremy Benavente, Ron
What is The Breakfast Club ?
"The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming of age comedy-drama film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy. The storyline follows five teenagers, each a member of a different high school clique, who spend a Saturday in detention together and come to realize that they are all more than their respective stereotypes. Critically, it is considered to be one of the greatest high school films of all time, as well as one of Hughes' most memorable and recognizable works..." (Hughes)

John Bender
"The Criminal "
Played by Judd Nelson
Andrew Clark
Played by Emilio Estevez
"The Athlete"
Brian Johnson
Played by Anthony Michael Hall
"The Brain"
Claire Standish
Played by Molly Ringwald
"The Princess"
Allison Reynolds
Played by Ally Sheedy
"The Basket Case"
John Bender
John Bender
Andrew Clark
Andrew Clark
Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson
Claire Standish
Claire Standish
Allison Reynolds
Allison Reynolds
Let's not forget the
authority figures...

Played by John Kapelos
The Janitor
Richard Vernon
Played by Paul Gleason
The Principal
Traits of
The Breakfast Club

Principal Vernon
Most Notable Communicative Aspects of
'The Breakfast Club'

Crossed Arms/ Flexed Muscles
Shows Andrews natural inclination to show masculinity as a strong male. Additionally, flexed muscles could be a challenge for dominance against Bender's character.
Slouched/ Closed Position
Allison's character sits with her hands in her lap and her legs together, her stature lacks the same openness her personality does. Furthermore, her attention is focused on the other members of the group, which coincides with her portrayal in the movie.
Open/ Relaxed Posture
Bender exhibits a very open sitting position which reflects the openness of his character, in addition to the relaxed stature which denotes his lack of concern in all secular matters.
Crossed Legs
Claire's character crosses her legs, which is most identified with proper female etiquette, further incorporating her "princess" stereotype.
Thinking Man
Brian's character is in a position known for its relation to an aged, famous statue of a man in thought. Brian's mimicking of this stature demonstrates his identity as the scholar of the group.
Movie Poster #2
Glasses/ Hands in Pockets
Benders glasses portray him as a relaxed individual. His hands in his pockets only reiterate his portrayal of a cool character. His posture directly correlates to the his character in the movie.
Sitting Below
This position perfectly depicts Allison's character because she is far less involved in the group for the first half of the film, thus she is lower than the rest in height based on her participation.
Arms Crossed
Andrew is wearing his Letterman jacket, which is his biggest article of defining athletic clothing. In addition to having his arms crossed again, a sign in body language for men that eludes self confidence and arrogance, which coincides with Andrew's popular athlete stereotype.
Model Pose
Claire Standish can be seen with her shoulders pulled back and her chin held up a bit high to retain her model stature. A physique that is often noted for its sophisticated and illustrious look. Note the cross of her legs, a sign of body language that is typical when amongst people who are unfamiliar.
Arms Down/ Hand Grabbing Wrist
Brian perfectly illustrates a typical sign of body language that indicates a person is uncomfortable or insecure. This parallels the values of his character. As "The Brain", Brian is insecure about his social standing among the other more popular peers in detention. In addition to Brian's new found scholarly insecurity due to his low grade.
Selective Communication
Deceptive Communication
-Allison's character admits that she had sexual relations with her therapist, which she later revealed to be untrue.
-Announced many fabrications of her life when interacting in the group
-Claims that she is a 'compulsive liar'.
-There is a notable decline in Allison's lying/deceptive communication as she *assimilates* and is included into the group, where she becomes prominently more truthful about herself.
Occurred among most members of the group at one time or another for smaller incidences. This movie is dictated by the small, yet collectively dramatic group conflicts.
Group Conflict
-Allison is by far the shyest character in the film
-She often squeaks rather than speaks in the beginning of the film.
-Utters her first word 24 minutes into the film
-Says her first full sentence at 35 minutes in, though this is only a very brief interaction.
-Has her first large group interaction exactly 1 hour into the film.
-Allison deliberately does not associate with the other members of detention until far later into the film when other characters have already been developed. However when she finally does engage in willing interaction, she does so comfortably.
Task-Oriented Group
Principal Vernon establishes that each student must produce an essay about who they think they are. In addition to the full Saturday detention that they must serve out
Behavioral Flexibility
-Brian begins the story as the stereotypical nerd, being a part of the math club, physics club, and the Latin club.
-Brian lets us know they he his against drugs and has in fact never tried them.
-He shows behavioral flexibility when he uses non verbal communication towards Andy and motions to him that hes going to try marijuana.
-After Brian smokes the marijuana he breaks out of his shell and tells everyone why he was in detention in the first place, which is a development from his previous, more shy state of being.
-John Bender is very a troubled teenager, the environment in which he is raised molded him to judge others before getting to know them.
-He’s quick to stereotype others to try and avoid his own personal issues.
-Acting out is his way of dealing with his views of the other teenagers.
-In the beginning of the film, John insults Claire for being a princess and spoiled, rich girl; also making fun of Andrew for being a wrestler and Brian for being a geek.
-After John makes the group retrieve the marijuana from his locker, the group dynamic changes.
-They share personal stories and start to understand each other. Which quickly overcomes the prior stereotypes he had against them.
-John's prejudice stems from comparing his life with the people that surround him.
-When he interacts with Brian at lunch, you can clearly see an act of prejudice just by him analyzing the contents of Brian's lunch and acting out his home life.
-Andrew trys to defend Brian, but only antagonizes Bender, he then quickly turns his attention to Andrew which provokes a hostile response.
-After the confrontation with Andrew, Bender goes into a rage and exiles himself from the group in an attempt to self-medicate.
-At the end of the film Bender learned perceptual checking and was not so quick to judge.
Intercultural Communication
-We get a big sense of intercultural communication when all of the kids in detention begin to interact having been derivative of different backgrounds, this mimics a local intercultural communication.
-Brian lets the kids know that he was planning on committing suicide with a flare gun, because he was failing a class, and he thought that it was his "only option”. Brian is opening up to the other members of detention, just as they are to him.
-After exposing each other to stories their is recognizable closeness that exists.
Group Climate
The students all arrive in a miserable attitude as they are about to endure a day of Saturday detention. However the mood collectively shifts to relaxed when they smoke marijuana, and then to deeply emotional as they all discuss the brutal encounters of life, and then to ease as they leave.
-Andy thinks him and his jock friends are at the top of the "social food chain" in high school. He constantly threatens small and weaker students because he thinks so highly of himself for being a jock. But in the movie it shows that he somewhat took control with his anger because everyone was afraid of him. This is because of the stereotype the jocks have been given.
-Throughout the movie Andy is constantly making sarcastic remarks to belittle his fellow "underclassmen"
-Even though Andy comes off as rough and heartless for what he did to Larry Lester, he later admits that he only did it to impress his father and he feels bad about it.
Deceptive Communication
-Andrew shows deceptive communication in many ways. By showing that he enjoys sports especially wrestling. He only does this for his father to accept him. This is because his father claimed he does not want losers in the family.
-Additionally, Andy reveals that though he taped Lester's "buns" together in an attempt to appease his father's concerns about his sons social life and standing, he regrets it because he exposed a weak individual to humiliation.
-Has prejudice against kids of the high school where he works.
-Claims that they have "changed", though it is just his perception as an adult who must be authority to the kids.
-Executes poisonous comments based on his prejudice.

"You think anyone is gonna take your word over mine? I'm a man of respect around here. They love me around here. I'm a swell guy. You're a lying sack of shit and everybody knows it. Oh, you're a tough guy. Hey c'mon. Get on your feet pal. Let's find out how tough you are. I wanna know right now how tough you are."- Richard Vernon

Hughes, John. "The Breakfast Club." The Breakfast Club. 15 Feb. 1985. Movie.
Hughes, John. "The Breakfast Club." The Breakfast Club. 15 Feb. 1985. Television.
-Works as a janitor of the high school where he use to attend.
-Interacts with students and deliberately responds to Bender's joking questions with vicious comments.
-Discovers Principal Vernon going through confidential files in the basement. Vernon asks him to keep quiet about what he saw.
-Neglects offer and says he will only do so if he is given $50.
-Viewed as spoiled, rich girl.
-"Princess" stereotype reiterated when it is revealed she is in detention from skipping class to go shopping.
-Often called names based on her stereotype.
-Eats sushi, which is considered a more prestigious food of that time. Reinforces so called "higher standing".
-Is likely most stereotyped character in the movie.
-Reveals many of her emotional problems are from her parents constant fighting.
-Communicates the pressures of her popularity as debilitating.
-Opens up about her friends, family, and other emotional stress induced situations.
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