‘The Breakfast Club’ celebrates its 30th Anniversary


Michael Kainz

John Hughes has directed many successful movies, one being “The Breakfast Club.” While it isn’t the stereotypical story about teens in high school, it does have representatives from well-known social groups, such as a jock, slacker, outcast, nerd and preppy.

The movie starts with five students belonging to each of the cliques having to attend Saturday detention due to their behavior earlier in the week, with the goal of demonstrating how high school kids, no matter what their outward appearance, are all the same deep down.

Math teacher Mrs. Andrea Shick agrees that “The Breakfast Club” is one of the best movies from the 1980s.

“I think everyone parent/student should see this movie,” Mrs. Shick said. “It doesn’t matter that the movie was in a different generation than our students, the theme is timeless and universal.”

Some fans of the movie, such as English teacher Mr. Miesch, even  remember where and who they were with when seeing the movie for the first time.

“Oddly enough, I think I saw it with my mom. We rented it,” Mr. Miesch said. “I just remember that every time they swore or did something inappropriate, my mom would say, ‘That’s naughty!’”

Senior Audrey Raymond agrees that the characters are relatable, even though it has been 30 years since the movie’s release. She especially identified with the movie’s basketcase, Allison Reynolds.

“The girl with the brown hair played by the actress Ally Sheedy,” Raymond said. “I think it’s the whole misunderstood concept that makes her relatable.”

There are many memorable moments in the movie “The Breakfast Club;” for Mr. Miesch, it was the overall concept of seeing the students show courage.

“I love the fact that these students do and say all the things that we want to do and say to our teachers. They just have the courage to do it,” Mr. Miesch said. “Then, in the end, the story shows the audience that just because someone dresses differently or enjoys activities that others may not enjoy, does not mean that we are allowed to treat others harshly.”

With time, the understanding and interpretation of the movie has evolved according to Raymond. As students like her age, they can see more aspects of the movie that they relate to.

“I think it’s just has become more relevant with time and with my own life,” Raymond said.

The point of this movie is to serve as a lesson for today’s high school students, by teaching them to be more tolerant to other social groups. Mrs. Shick can totally support the this idea behind the plot.

“I like that the current generation is better at being tolerant to all types of people and ‘groups,’” Mrs. Shick said. “I hope that this generation doesn’t see teachers in the same light as they do in the movie.”

With the 30th anniversary of the movie fans new and old talk about their dream celebration.

“Watch the movie in our library with four of my closest friends.” Mr. Miesch said.