The Breakfast Club Analysis

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The film The Breakfast Club (1985) by John Hughes is just one story of the many that were popularized by the teen movie craze of the 1980’s. The comedy follows five high school-aged adolescents as they navigate their way through a day of Saturday detention that is not only atypical but rather an experience which ends up changing the whole perspective on the lives that they have been living. What sets this film apart from other popular high school movies of the time such Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is that the teens portrayed in the film are neither sexualized or over the top, but rather a fairly accurate portrayal of the average American teen at the time. Every character, who each represent a different subculture of the American adolescent, has a deepness and complexity which are heightened by the individual stories they tell. Layers of each teen’s personality are slowly stripped away over the course of the movie until they all come to realize that they all share the same basic problems, they all have the same basic wants and needs, and, most importantly, they are all human. A good portion of the film can be related to the ideas explored by Michel Foucault in his Panopticism, specifically when referring to the role which the school system plays in influencing the children’s social inequality and how it modifies their behavior in general. Additionally, there are a great number of similarities which can be drawn between the principal, Richard

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