You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.

In 1985, the classic film “The Breakfast Club” sent five high school students to all-day attention, where they wrote those words about themselves. The film is excellent, showing the cultural values of idealism, family, and fear. The Breakfast Club addresses stereotyping very well. It shows how everyone’s lives are different and that everyone has this fear of not fitting in. The film is a comedy and drama from the teens running around, to them making fun of each other’s lunches. This film is set 30 years ago but still provides an understanding of the teenager’s peer culture and how they interact. 

As the characters in The characters struggle with the need to be perfect in the eyes of their parents, and their actions reflect it. Family troubles are an important aspect of the story. During the movie, I began to notice that the characters have a fear of rejection, whether it be from parents or classmates. This makes them isolate themselves from explicit stereotypical groups. At the closing of the movie, the teens also display a fear of their relationships coming to end after detention. The Breakfast Club eliminates common stereotypes by showing how each person is the same and going through the same struggles in life.

This film does an excellent job of showing the stereotypes, the cultural clash between teenagers and adults, and how parents shape the high school experience of each child. High school, hearing those words you might think of good memories, or you might think of bad ones. Whichever it is, you can relate to the stereotypes that are shown in the film. Maybe in high school, you were the geek who wanted to date the prom queen or the big-time athlete who hated the criminals. Or perhaps you were the basket case that wanted nothing more to be the prom queen. No matter which one, in the end, The Breakfast Club is easy to connect to.

One of the readings talks about the general underlying subject of a particular story, a recurring idea that often illuminates an aspect of the human condition. I think the theme of this story brings to light the elements of teenagers in the 80s and still today. This film is still so relevant to society, 35 years later, because it captures the societal ideas of stereotyping, the stigma of mental illness and bullying, which are genuine issues and tell a remarkable story. 

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