Review of The Breakfast Club Essay

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Review of The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is a teen-movie set in the 1980’s directed by John Hughes. John Hughes has directed other teen films, these films include: (in chronological order)

· National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

· Sixteen Candles (1984)

· The Breakfast Club (1985)

· Pretty In Pink (1986)

· Home Alone (1990)

· 101 Dalmatians (1996)

· Flubber (1997).

All of these films are aimed at the same audience, teenagers. These films all have a thing in common that all the actors and actresses are teenagers (except in flubber).

We know that The Breakfast Club is meant for teenagers because there is a quote by David Bowie which talks about children,
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They go away at the end of the day as friends, and in couples, Alison and Andy, Claire and John and Brian and his work.

The Breakfast Club starts with the title sequence, a very plain black background with the names in gold, orange writing, in a very simple font. This suggests that the film is going to be for teenagers, you can also tell that this isn’t going to be an action film from the opening credits because it isn’t full of special effects and also the font would be big and bold. The stars names are in alphabetical order apart from John Hughes’s name, which is broadcast first because he is the selling point of the film, because he is the main star and attraction to the film. On the title sequence music is played by the band simple minds, which specially wrote this song, “ Don’t you forget about me” for the film. This tells us that the film will be about full of different types of characters, each character is different in a different way and wants to stand out. Also, none of the characters wants to be “forgotten” after they have completed their detention.

In the opening title sequence, the film the credits are scrolled onto the screen and then the quote from David Bowie shatters into pieces. This is to symbolize that the children are going to break free. Smashing glass symbolizes, rebellion and freedom. After the screens shatters a shot of the outside of Shermer

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