And the fact that producer, director and screenwriter John Hughes spent his teenage years in Northbrook and drew from experiences at Glenbrook High School , based “The Breakfast Club” around an early morning detention hall at New Trier High School in Winnetka (including the late film critic Gene Siskel), and chose to
Most of the film takes place in the library of ‘Shermer High School’, which was a set created in the gymnasium of what was then Maine North High School, 9511 Harrison Street in Des Plaines, about 20 miles northwest of Chicago itself. It closed in 1981 and was empty at the time of filming.
In fact – Ferris goes to the same school as the characters in the Breakfast Club – the (fictional) Shermer High School , which also features in 16 Candles and Pretty In Pink.
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.
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.
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.
Glenbrook North High School
The film’s title comes from the nickname invented by students and staff, for detention, at New Trier High School, the school attended by the son of one of John Hughes’ friends. Thus, those who were sent to detention were designated members of “The Breakfast Club “.
Jeanie and Ferris are twins .
She has spent the entire movie expressing her hatred for Ferris and finally has a chance to show her parents that he skipped school, yet she lets him off the hook and saves him from both her parents and Mr. Rooney.
While The Breakfast Club has become iconic for its honest and sympathetic depiction of teenagers and their struggles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off offered the audience a protagonist who was self-assured, knew how to work the system, and might be the coolest teenager ever.
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.
NEO-MAXI-ZOOM-DWEEBIE “Face it,” Bender says to Brian . “You’re a neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie.” The term was apparently ad-libbed by Judd Nelson.
During the entire movie you see Bender making fun of Claire , but also entice her, making her wonder about things she never wandered about (the infamous “over the panties… But then, when he’s in the closet Vernon put him in, at the very end of the movie, Claire comes in.