Thing I didn’t like about Breakfast Club: the stereotypes were TOO much. I could see what they were shooting for but I was kind of offended at the portrayals of each “type”. It’s fine for comedy but they made it too serious and carried it through as if that’s how people actually were.
But I knew a lot of people that were called each of those stereotypes and NOBODY fit ANY of those molds… not even close.
I was 13/14 when I saw the movie – and it was new at the time. Played non-stop on HBO. The thought of anybody unironically taking those kinds of roles seriously bothered me and when pop culture shows and magazines kept repeatedly pointing to Breakfast Club as “my generation”‘s touchstone movie, I wanted to throw up.
What still haunts me is if what if it was true? I know it’s not and yet, so many call it “their favorite”, did they try to actualize the stereotypes in this movie in reality somehow?
So yeah, I need Breakfast Club therapy.
It’s lesser known but had all famous kid actors of the day. No idea if it kept up well or not but I think it captured a very dark underbelly of suburban teenage life.
“No other film captures more accurately what it’s like to be dead inside during the end of the Cold War, the height of MTV and the invasion of concerned but impotent parents. “The Breakfast Club” was the one film that seemed to understand that it wasn’t the rap music, heavy metal music or even drugs that made ’80s kids, it was … nothing. ”
just kidding. That was “River’s Edge”
What a journey! Thank you for bringing this up as a hill and the challenge. I tracked down “River’s Edge”, saw a clip and was curious what happened to Crispin Glover, one of the more intriguing actors in the film (who also played George McFly).
Spent the last 2 hrs on and off going through various Crispin Glover interview and works, getting to know his public persona and what a bizarre and fascinating person.
Wouldn’t’ve gotten there without this spark. Thanks!