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The Breakfast Club

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Transcript of The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club
The target audience of the Breakfast Club is teenagers, ages 13-18, because it illustrates the social classes of High School and parent pressures to succeed. Teenagers could identify with the characters because they are in different stereotype groups.

The trailer would most likely be shown during afternoon and evening shows (After school) on channels like MTV and other channels that are popular for teenagers today.

During the movie you see Coke cans while the characters are eating lunch. The label is clearly shown and they all have one and its the only brand name you see.

Basic Information
Written and Directed by John Hughes

Produced by A&M Film Production

Universal Pictures

Starring: Emilo Estivez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy

5 Teenagers from different social groups all land in Saturday detention, where they find out that they are not as different as they first thought.
Themes and Goals
There are a few different themes to the "Breakfast Club":
To show that parents have a large role in the way that their child grows up (for better and worse).
You are more than your social group.

The main theme is teenage rebellion against authority figures.

The goal of "The Breakfast Club" is to show teens that despite where they land on the social ladder they aren't so different. They all deal with problems, like the characters each have their reason for being in detention.

Critical Analysis
Recommendation and Discussion
Ally Sheedy - Basket Case
Judd Nelson - Criminal
Anthony Hall - Brain
Paul Gleason - Teacher
Molly Ringwald - Princess
Emilo Estevez - Athlete
Themes and Goals continued...
In "The Breakfast Club" you realize that the characters depend greatly on their identity to declare their status in the group.
Claire (Molly Ringwald) depends on her popular, rich, daddy's girl identity.
Allison (Ally Sheedy) depends on her introverted, and slightly crazy identity.
Brian (Anthony Hall) depends on his nerdy and awkward identity.
John (Judd Nelson) depends on his criminal, bad-boy identity.
Andy (Emilo Estevez) depends on his jock identity.

At first you decide that Claire and Andy are the top of the social ladder, and Allison and Brian are at the bottom. John couldn't care less, he is the instigator, in his own way he brings the group together. Because of the group talking about their reasons for being there and identifying with each other, the characters leave detention different people.
There is a negative bias against the adults in "The Breakfast Club". From the very beginning you see the problems with all the parents. For example: Brian's parents are too focused on his grades, Claire's parents give her what she wants to get back at each other, Andy's father cares too much about Andy getting sports scholarships, Allison's parents ignore her, and John's parents are abusive and abrasive.

The parents turn out to be the main reason all these teens end up in detention.

I believe that "The Breakfast Club" did accomplish its goal because after viewing you look around at your peers differently. Despite the way they look or carry themselves they could easily be going through the same things as you are. This movie points that out and helps you become more empathetic.
Advertising Continued...
After watching the trailer of "The Breakfast Club" it makes you want to see what happens to each of the characters, because we as teenagers can relate to one or more of the characters in the film.

Breakfast Club Trailer:
Marxism: The characters are all in different classes according to their stereotypes. For example: Clare and Andy are popular and considered higher up than Brian and Allison who are unpopular and lower.

Feminism: Whenever John insults Claire, Andy sticks up for her because he thinks she can't stick up for herself.

All of the teenager characters are considered round characters because throughout the film they learn about each other and change their thoughts on the social hierarchy.

Richard (The Teacher) is a flat character because he remains the same and is a simple character.
Critical Analysis continued...
In the section of the movie when all the teens are telling each other why they are in detention there is specific camera angles and shots.

The main shot of this specific scene is up close. This is a way the audience can see what they are feeling.

It also will go to another face while someone is telling their story so you can see the reactions of the other people.
Yes we support this film, because it is relatable, and its not another super dramatic and fake high school movie. The situations that the students are in are problems that teens today still have. For example: divorced parents, and parents too focused on sports and academics.

We think others should see it, especially high school students because it would teach them an important lesson on how similar we all really are despite outward appearance.

This movie didn't win any awards.
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