The breakfast club

Last night I watched the classic, The Breakfast Club. I’m a little embarrassed to say that I hadn’t seen it before then. And maybe because I was barely paying attention but for the first half of the movie, I really questioned why it was even made. The plot seemed uninteresting and slow. But as I continued to watch the characters develop, I quickly retracted my statements.


Five students with absolutely nothing in common are stuck spending their Saturday in detention. By the end of the film, everyone was comfortable enough (and by comfortable I mean they partook in illegal substances) to be vulnerable with one another. They realized that there weren’t many differences between them at all. Same problems, fears, peer pressures, and insecurities.

When it comes to forming relationships, voluntarily or not, my questions are as follows:

  • Why is it easier to talk to a complete stranger than it is with your closest friends, sometimes?
  • Why do we make fun of people and things we don’t understand?
  • What about situational friends? If we didn’t grow up with some people, would we still be friends with them as adults?

“What would your friends say if we were walking down the hall together?”

I think the about awkwardness, uncertainty and super emo-ness of the teenage years and I realize that nothing really changes as we become adults. We’re still insecure, fearful and emotional. We’re all a little weird and a little lame; and all the “popular” people are really lonely and self-conscious. No one is different; we’re all the same.

“We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are better at hiding it than others, that’s all.” Andy Clark

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5 thoughts on “The breakfast club

  1. I love this movie–it’s one of my all-time favorites. I used to watch it all the time when I was a teenager. It’s really just about what it’s like to be a teenager (in school)–the cliques that form (lots of times out of not understanding others), the way teens treat one another, the different stresses in teenagers lives, etc. For one day, because they are forced together in detention, these teenagers came to understand that they really weren’t all that different in important ways. I could write a book about all the ways this movie affected me back then.

  2. I saw this movie for the first time when I was just out of high school (absolutely everyone else had already seen it) — but I felt it was one of the few teen movies that really told the truth about the teenage years, and was still funny, and a great story. I agree with what Heather said — and, it also had a few hard truths for adults, too. Like the conversation between the supervisor and the janitor — “What scares me is that one day these kids are going to be taking care of me.” “Don’t count on it.”

    • Yes. Thank you for reminding me about the adult conversation.

      Funny thing (or not so funny, really): Eric bought new windshield wiper blades for the vehicle I’m driving recently (it’s actually his vehicle, but we’ve traded for a bit because of gas prices), and I’ve never had any problem changing the wiper blades on any of the cars I’ve owned, so I tried to do it myself. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do it. And I couldn’t figure out why. It *really* upset me–more than it should have–and I felt like a total loser that day. I told Eric I felt like Brian Johnson, like I’d made a lamp in tech class, but it wouldn’t turn on. It was awful.

      I’m chuckling about it now, but it was amazing how something so insignificant could bring that movie back for me.

  3. Friends tend to be judgemental after many years and most people being judged will be apprehensive. Sometimes speaking with someone who knows nothing that can contradict or add extra light to your hideousness is just so much easier.

    Most friends, or in my case, grow apart due to lifestyle changes and thought processes. For example in the breakfast club I would be a cross between the criminal and brainiac. So in my earlier years I turned from my mischievous ways and have become a succesful engineer, entrepreneur, amongst other feats.

    Why do we make fun of things we don’t understand? Ignorance. Plain and simple. …

    Old friends can be bitter. .. to put it plainly they’re just hating.

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