[NFBMO] Breakfast Club
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Wed May 4 15:58:35 UTC 2022
Hi Friends in Missouri!
The National Federation of the Blind of SC would like to invite you to movie
night on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 8:00 PM EDT. This months movie is the
Breakfast Club. So bring your favorite snacks, drinks ETC and join us! More
about the movie is below the Zoom information to join us.
Meeting ID: 803 254 3777
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Run Time: 1:37
On Saturday, March 24, 1984, five students at the fictional Shermer High
School report at 7:00 a.m. for an all-day detention. Each comes from a
different clique: Brian Johnson, a brainiac; Andrew Clark, a jock on the
wrestling team; Allison Reynolds, an introverted outcast; Claire Standish, a
snobbish and popular girl; and John Bender, a rebellious teen delinquent.
They gather in the school library, where Vice Principal Richard Vernon
instructs them to not talk, move from their seats, or sleep until they are
released at 4:00 p.m. He assigns them a thousand-word essay, in which each
must describe "who you think you are." He leaves, returning only
occasionally to check on and reprimand them.
John, who has an antagonistic relationship with Vernon, ignores the rules
and riles up the other students. John spends most of his time bullying or
harassing Claire, Brian, and Andrew. They all eventually feel sorry for him
after seeing how he deals with abusive adults like Vernon, who gives John
eight weekends' worth of additional detention and eventually locks him in a
storage closet for talking back. John eventually escapes through the ceiling
and returns to the library.
The students then pass the time by talking, arguing, and, at one point,
smoking marijuana (except Allison, who doesn't smoke with the rest).
Gradually, they open up and reveal their secrets: Claire has many
experiences of peer pressure due to her popularity; John comes from an
abusive household; Allison is a compulsive liar who dreams of running away
from home; Andrew cannot think for himself due to his controlling father,
and Brian contemplated suicide over a failing grade. They discover they all
have poor relationships with their parents: Claire's parents use her to get
back at each other during arguments; John's parents physically and verbally
abuse him; Allison's parents are neglectful; Andrew's father emotionally
abuses him to the limit to succeed, especially in wrestling; and Brian's
parents pressure him to earn the highest grades possible. They all realize
that, despite their differences, they face similar problems.
Each student then confesses why they are in detention. Andrew taped another
student's buttocks together using athletic tape because he felt he had not
"cut loose" on anyone in high school like his domineering father had. Brian
left a flare gun in his locker, which went off accidentally, that he planned
to use to commit suicide after getting an F in shop class. Vernon
subsequently found it. Claire mentions peer pressure to go along with what
her friends want to do: at the start of the film, Claire's father stated
through dialogue that she is in detention due to skipping school to go
shopping. Vernon had earlier stated that John was in detention for pulling a
false fire alarm. Allison admitted she did nothing, yet showed up anyway for
lack of anything better to do.
Claire gives Allison a makeover, which sparks romantic interest from Andrew.
Claire decides to break her "pristine" innocent appearance by kissing John.
Although suspecting their new relationships will end when detention is over,
they believe their mutual experiences will change the way they look at their
As the detention nears its end, the group requests that Brian complete the
essay for everyone, and John returns to the storage closet so Vernon thinks
he never left. Brian leaves the essay in the library for Vernon to read
after they leave. As the students part ways, Allison and Andrew kiss, as do
Claire and John. Allison rips Andrew's state championship patch from his
jacket to keep, and Claire gives John one of her diamond earrings, which he
then wears. Vernon reads the essay, in which Brian states that Vernon has
already judged who they are using stereotypes and that he is crazy if he
thinks they'll tell him who they are; Brian correspondingly states: "Each
one of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.
Does that answer your question?" He signs off the essay with "Sincerely
yours, the Breakfast Club." John raises his fist while walking through an
empty football field.
Emilio Estevez as Andrew Clark (the "Athlete")
Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish (the "Princess")
Judd Nelson as John Bender (the "Criminal")
Anthony Michael Hall as Brian Johnson (the "Brain")
Ally Sheedy as Allison Reynolds (the "Basket Case")
Paul Gleason as Vice Principal Richard Vernon
John Kapelos as Carl Reed, the janitor
Ron Dean as Mr. Clark
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