But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club . This quote is in direct reference to the quote at the beginning of the movie by David Bowie.
The movie introduces us to the characters as the stereotypes that each student considers the other: the Nerd (Hall), the Beauty (Ringwald), the Jock (Estevez), the Rebel (Nelson), and the recluse (Sheedy). Also, we are introduced to another stereotype; the mean overbearing teacher.
The Breakfast Club , which premiered in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 1985, may be the finest movie about American high school life ever made. Regarded as one of the seminal films of the ’80s, John Hughes’ movie is a compendium of the anxieties, confusion and joys of teenage existence.
“Face it,” Bender says to Brian . “You’re a neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie.” The term was apparently ad-libbed by Judd Nelson. It’s unclear how old the word dweeb is . Some sources say it’s from the late 1960s, while the Oxford English Dictionary cites 1982 as the earliest mention.
Brian Johnson : [ closing narration] Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are.
Claire , along with the rest of the group covered for Bender when he stole the screw, asking Vernon why anybody would want to steal a screw and also when Vernon stormed in asking what the ruckus was, while John Bender hid under Claire’s desk and wedged his head between Claire’s legs.
Even aside from the fact that Bender very explicitly harasses and antagonizes Claire for the entire movie, making the scene where they finally make out seem mildly toxic at best, neither of their character arcs seem to build toward a relationship in any way. I don’t Claire ever interacted with Bender again.
Claire Standish is in detention for skipping school to go shopping. And finally, John Bender is in detention for pulling a fire alarm and fighting with the school’s teachers and students.
Brian is dropped off, will spend almost 9 hours in detention at Shermer High School with four other ‘stereotypes’. The reason is he in detention is because he used the flare gun that was fired in his locker and tried to kill himself because he received his first “F” on a school shop class project.
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She spent the day stealing glances at him until finally, at the end of the day, they met back in the janitor’s closet where they had made out and they made out again. Bender told her to sneak out of her house that Wednesday night and to meet up with him, and so she did . So, she slept with Bender .
Bender: Are those real diamonds , Claire ? Claire : Shut up! Bender: I bet they are.
He pauses to hide his face in his sleeve before revealing that he received detention because a flare gun went off in his locker because he was going to attempt suicide with it after failing his shop project. Claire later manipulates Brian into writing the paper for all of them.