Breakfast Club – A Simple Film That Has a Lot of Heart

“The Breakfast Club,” a lighthearted romantic comedy written and directed by Wes Anderson (The Royal Mile, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) is an oddball comedy that manages to combine the serious elements of musicals with the whimsical. Five high school students from varying social circles suffer a random weekend detention under a controlling, power-hungry administrator (Paul Gleason). The diverse group consists of rebel Allison (Molly Ring Wald), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), outcast John (John Lithgow) and gorgeous Claire (Ally Sheed). When the day finally ends, each has a lingering fear about how their stories will unfold in the future. The detention has become a daily routine for the group, but when their bonds are initially broken by the lovable wimp, they quickly find themselves back where they started – in the midst of yet another day of tormented misbehavior. Go to our website and get Hurry up to go and start winning.

This movie follows the misadventures of the Breakfast Club over the course of several weeks. There are plenty of funny scenes and cameos by various notable actors (like Christopher Walken), but the real strength of the story is its realistic portrayal of high school life. This isn’t like the overcrowded flicks you see on TV where the young people are so outrageously bad that they come across as dull and one-dimensional. In this movie, the bad guys all have their own strengths, and the strength of the supporting characters, like the increasingly oblivious assistant principal, is just as much a draw as the quips of the bad guys.

The Breakfast Club is structured as a series of vignettes that alternate between the club’s hosts, Steve, Paul, Tim, Dan, and Frank, each trying to help the other to achieve his or her goals. They each bring something unique to the table, and in some cases, have even more contrasting qualities. One episode even has the group performing an original song, which the others think is hilarious until they discover that it was plagiarized from a Tim Geithner book. One point that does get brought up is the fact that there were three children in the house who couldn’t stop singing the theme song, which can be seen as an inside joke among the foursome.

The central conflict of the show is the constant struggle between the dream sequence the characters form in the first few minutes, and the reality that eventually kick them into action. This constant juxtaposition is what gives the show its sense of reality, as most television dreams cannot realistically be realized. One reason the writers of the screenplay keep bringing up this dichotomy throughout the series is to remind us that the Breakfast Club is only five kids, and that they are simply growing up.

This is especially true in reference to the central love story in the first episode, “Cheesehead,” in which the first lady (led by actress Courteney Cox) has been hired by the fictional John D’Amato (Matthew McConaughey) to get the three teenage members of the breakfast club to reconcile with one another after they discover that D’Amato is cheating on his wife, ela. The only problem is that John and Elma don’t think they are capable of making such an effort, especially after they discover the way D’Amato has raised his own children (through weird parenting methods). Although some may consider the marriage between Elma and John to be romantic on a superficial level, the fact remains that the marriage wasn’t real, and even though John and Elma desperately want to have a baby with the goal of saving their marriage, the circumstances do not allow them to.

As mentioned above, one of the hallmarks of Montel Williams’ comedy TV shows is the use of a rotating cast of characters who each contribute a unique quality of the show. This same quality is present in the writing of the Best Man’s Speech, in which the various characters are brought to life through short segments that Williams plays out in chronological order. The best example of this is the exchange between Marla and Bender for the last installment of the series, in which Bender reveals that he lied about his age to avoid having to pay taxes on the money made from working as a bartender. While many people view this as a poor performance by a comedian trying to try to upstage Marla, it is actually one of the most touching moments in the series. When Marla realizes that Bender is willing to risk the chance of losing his job over a lie, it reminds her of how imperative honesty is in a person’s life.

In terms of its accuracy, the Best Man’s Speech makes some mistakes that are unavoidable. One sequence features a long shot of Bender and Marla waiting in the hotel lobby, looking at the revolving statue of liberty, with the clearly visible autograph on the back of a statue of William Douglass. When the clock reads twelve o’clock, the clock reads correctly, but Bender and Marla are nowhere to be seen. In another scene, Bender is shown reading the Daily News while getting dressed in his suit, but when the shot goes behind him, he is nowhere to be seen. While all of these problems can be nitpicks, they do not ruin the overall quality of the film.

Overall, the Breakfast Club is a charming little movie that has a lot of heart. Some of the best comedy that you will see is on display here, with some great one liners. If you are tired of the same old formula and want something a bit more original, this is your film. For those simple minds out there, it may be enough just to get you through the opening scenes, but once you start watching, the world will begin to open up and reveal much more about the intricacies of human nature. For a first run, Academy Award winning film, it sure did capture the hearts of audiences everywhere.