16 years old
The popular girl at school, Claire Standish, was played by Molly Ringwald. Claire ended up in detention because she skipped class so she could go shopping.
“When you grow up, your heart dies.” Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) in The Breakfast Club . The Breakfast Club captured the teen angst of a generation, delving into themes such as stereotyping, the stigma of mental illness and bullying.
Poignant, funny and thoroughly relatable, the screenplay presents a touching tale of teen angst which doesn’t seek to patronise or trivialise the teenager’s experiences and still resonates, even if you’ve long left your school days behind. There are great lines dotted throughout the movie: ‘We’re all pretty bizarre.
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 .
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.
John said that “you got everything and I got shit”; by giving him her earring she negates that accusation.
Lastly, Bender gave that triumphant fist pump because he had at last built the personal connection that he so surreptitiously wanted and desperately needed, a relationship that he was originally convinced could never happen.
The raised fist was because he got the girl. Hughes took five archetypes of teen movies – a jock, a nerd, a popular girl, an outcast, and a goth – and put them all in Saturday detention together.
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.
Appearance. Carl is first seen in the opening sequence. Carl’s entrance prompts Bender to rudely and mockingly suggest to Brian that “his dad ” (referring to Carl; we see Brian’s actual dad at the end of the film) works at the school.
The Breakfast Club has taught us to own up to these insecurities, to stay bold, and to be proud. It’s very similar to how Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) from Game of Thrones puts it— wear your own preconceived weaknesses like an armor so others can’t use them to hurt you .
The Breakfast Club was a great movie from the 80’s loaded with themes that are still relevant today. This movie has stood the test of time by touching on several universal themes. Even 30+ years later, people of all ages can relate to what these kids are going through.
Though John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles have become beloved films since they were released in the ’80s, actress Molly Ringwald, who rose to fame through her starring roles in both films, admits to now finding some scenes in those two movies problematic amid the #MeToo era.
David Lansbury m. 1992–2009