History Film / TheBreakfastClub

19th Feb '17 5:46:18 PM dunicha
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* BigManOnCampus: Andy, who is trying to emulate his father that demands that Andy always be at the top.

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* BigManOnCampus: Andy, who is trying to emulate his father that who demands that Andy always be at the top.
17th Feb '17 6:18:46 PM creader
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* NoAntagonist: While the characters' parents are the main reason why each of them are screwed-up and Principal Vernon isn't exactly nice to them (especially Bender), the true conflict of the story is what the kids struggle with in their personal life, school life, and whatever their life will be like in the future.



*** Incldues him shouting/singing "I WANNA BE AN AIR-FORCE RANGER..." running through the school, ripping posters off walls, and "trying out for a scholarship" in the gymnasium. These antics are what lead him to getting locked in the closet, which eventually leads to the second set of necessary distractions.

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*** Incldues Includes him shouting/singing "I WANNA BE AN AIR-FORCE RANGER..." running through the school, ripping posters off walls, and "trying out for a scholarship" in the gymnasium. These antics are what lead him to getting locked in the closet, which eventually leads to the second set of necessary distractions.
10th Feb '17 8:44:57 PM creader
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* BittersweetEnding: The teens leave detention deciding to make sure they never become their parents and coming to accept one another. But, they still return home to abusive parents, leaving the ending ambiguous whether they remain friends or not.



* [[BottleEpisode Bottle Movie]]: Every single hijink that the kids partake in is permanently set within Shermer High.

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* [[BottleEpisode Bottle Movie]]: BottleEpisode: Movie example. Every single hijink that the kids partake in is permanently set within Shermer High.
9th Feb '17 7:29:36 PM creader
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* CreatorCameo: Creator/JohnHughes plays Brian's father at the end.
9th Feb '17 7:27:01 PM creader
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* HeroicBSOD: Andy, when talking about the pressure from his JerkJock father.
** This eventually breaks down towards the end of his monologue, and he starts sobbing and shouting his words.

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* HeroicBSOD: Andy, when talking about the pressure from his JerkJock father.
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father. This eventually breaks down towards the end of his monologue, and he starts sobbing and shouting his words.



* JerkwithaHeartofGold: Bender, downplayed. Whilst initially pretty awful to basically everyone else, he slowly starts to thaw and appears to genuinely start to like the others and doesn't seem as bad of a guy as he tries to be.

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* JerkwithaHeartofGold: JerkWithAHeartofGold: Bender, downplayed. Whilst initially pretty awful to basically everyone else, he slowly starts to thaw and appears to genuinely start to like the others and doesn't seem as bad of a guy as he tries to be.



* MeaningfulName: Vernon's first name is "Dick".
** Brian is an anagram of brain. John Bender bends/breaks rules. Claire Standish is standoffish. And finally, Andrew is [[BilingualBonus Greek]] for "manly and strong."

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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Vernon's first name is "Dick".
** Brian is an anagram of brain. brain.
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John Bender bends/breaks rules. rules.
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Claire Standish is standoffish. standoffish.
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And finally, Andrew is [[BilingualBonus Greek]] for "manly and strong."
9th Feb '17 7:24:32 PM creader
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* ImpliedLoveInterest:
** Early in the film Bender asks Andy & Claire if they are dating and even asked them if they had sex yet - which prompted the first real outburst of emotion from either of them. At the start of the film, it did appear as though Andy was showing interest in Claire (later it's implied that their friendliness - which was mostly just a willingness to make eye-contact - was more due to the fact that they know each other at least a little through their social circles). Fairly quickly, however, Bender and Claire, and later on Andy and Allison, begin showing (incresingly larger and more frequent) signs of interest in one another.

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* ImpliedLoveInterest:
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ImpliedLoveInterest: Early in the film Bender asks Andy & Claire if they are dating and even asked them if they had sex yet - which prompted the first real outburst of emotion from either of them. At the start of the film, it did appear as though Andy was showing interest in Claire (later it's implied that their friendliness - which was mostly just a willingness to make eye-contact - was more due to the fact that they know each other at least a little through their social circles). Fairly quickly, however, Bender and Claire, and later on Andy and Allison, begin showing (incresingly larger and more frequent) signs of interest in one another.



* JerkwithaHeartofGold / HiddenHeartofGold: Bender, downplayed. Whilst initially pretty awful to basically everyone else, he slowly starts to thaw and appears to genuinely start to like the others and doesn't seem as bad of a guy as he tries to be.

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* JerkwithaHeartofGold / HiddenHeartofGold: JerkwithaHeartofGold: Bender, downplayed. Whilst initially pretty awful to basically everyone else, he slowly starts to thaw and appears to genuinely start to like the others and doesn't seem as bad of a guy as he tries to be.



* KickTheDog: Andy to Bender, although we don't know Bender is the dog until it happens.
--> '''Claire:''' You shouldn't have said that.
--> '''Andy:''' How was I supposed to know? He lies about everything anyway!

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* KickTheDog: KickTheDog:
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Andy to Bender, although we don't know Bender is the dog until it happens.
--> ---> '''Claire:''' You shouldn't have said that.
--> ---> '''Andy:''' How was I supposed to know? He lies about everything anyway!



* LovableAlphaBitch: Claire is one deep down.
** Whilst she is initially rude to Allison, she is fairly kind to Brian right off the bat (sort-of comforting him about being a virgin), and later gives Allison a makeover, being nice to her "because you're letting me".

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* LovableAlphaBitch: Claire is one deep down.
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down. Whilst she is initially rude to Allison, she is fairly kind to Brian right off the bat (sort-of comforting him about being a virgin), and later gives Allison a makeover, being nice to her "because you're letting me".


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29th Jan '17 12:26:44 AM Aquila89
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* CrapsackWorld: There's a reason it's considered Hughes's answer to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.



* HumansAreBastards: A major theme of the film.
28th Jan '17 7:21:17 PM AnonymousBosch
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* CrapsackWorld: There's a reason it's considered Hughes's answer to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.


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* HumansAreBastards: A major theme of the film.
24th Jan '17 5:42:06 PM bt8257
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* CerebusCallback: Brian talking about how he failed shop because he couldn't make a ceramic elephant, which leads into a bit of joking on the part of the others. A few minutes later when the entire discussion has gone a bit more dramatic, Brian reveals [[spoiler:he brought a flare gun to school because he couldn't get the elephant to work, implying he wanted to kill himself]]. It gets subverted when they all end up laughing about it anyway.

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* CerebusCallback: CerebusCallBack: Brian talking about how he failed shop because he couldn't make a ceramic elephant, which leads into a bit of joking on the part of the others. A few minutes later when the entire discussion has gone a bit more dramatic, Brian reveals [[spoiler:he brought a flare gun to school because he couldn't get the elephant to work, implying he wanted to kill himself]]. It gets subverted when they all end up laughing about it anyway.
8th Jan '17 6:09:40 AM AJ_Lenoire
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* AbusiveParents: [[HumansAreBastards Depressingly common]]. Bender's father is the "traditionally" abusive dad who beats his wife and son, [[EducationMama Brian's parents set such high standards]] that it drives him [[spoiler: to potentially [[DrivenToSuicide attempt suicide]] (or [[AxesAtSchool whatever else he had planned]]) with the FlareGun]], [[ParentalNeglect Allison's]] completely ignore her, [[ParentalNeglect Claire's]] are about to get divorced and use her to get back at each other, and [[StageMom Andy's father tells him that winning is everything]] and that if he doesn't win, he's nothing.

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* AbusiveParents: [[HumansAreBastards Depressingly common]]. Bender's father is the "traditionally" abusive dad who beats his wife and son, [[EducationMama Brian's parents set such high standards]] that it drives him [[spoiler: to potentially [[DrivenToSuicide attempt suicide]] (or [[AxesAtSchool whatever else he had planned]]) with the FlareGun]], [[ParentalNeglect Allison's]] completely ignore her, [[ParentalNeglect Claire's]] are about to get divorced on the verge of divorce and use her to get back at each other, and [[StageMom Andy's father tells him that winning is everything]] and that if he doesn't win, he's nothing.



**Bender seamlessly transitions into Beethoven's Fifth when Vernon enters the room.



* CondescendingCompassion: Claire's drama partially stems from the fact that[[spoiler: her friends pressure her to be unkind to the unpopular kids]].

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* CondescendingCompassion: Claire's drama partially stems from the fact that[[spoiler: her that [[spoiler:her friends pressure her to be unkind to the unpopular kids]].



* JerkJock: Deconstructed through Andy. He feels like he has to be an asshole and a bully to the weaker students because his father expects that behavior out of him. When he plays a humiliating and painful prank on another kid, he feels terrible about it afterward, but his dad is only upset that he got caught. Before revealing why he's in detention he is possibly the kindest of the characters, sticking up for Claire and Brian when Bender picks on them, showing real concern for Alison when she is upset and even regrets accusing John of lying about his abuse and he sees how angry it made him.

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* JerkJock: Deconstructed through Andy. He feels like he has to be an asshole and a bully to the weaker students because his father expects that behavior out of him. When he plays a humiliating and painful prank on another kid, he feels terrible about it afterward, but his dad is only upset that he got caught. Before revealing why he's in detention he is possibly the kindest of the characters, sticking up for Claire and Brian when Bender picks on them, showing real concern for Alison when she is upset upset, and even regrets accusing John of lying about his abuse and he sees how angry it made him.him.
*JerkwithaHeartofGold / HiddenHeartofGold: Bender, downplayed. Whilst initially pretty awful to basically everyone else, he slowly starts to thaw and appears to genuinely start to like the others and doesn't seem as bad of a guy as he tries to be.



* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Bender and Claire's [[SlapSlapKiss constant fighting]] make them looking like a divorcing couple, which is interesting as Claire's main source of angst is [[LikeParentLikeSpouse her parents' difficult divorce]].

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* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Bender and Claire's [[SlapSlapKiss constant fighting]] make them looking like a divorcing couple, which is interesting as Claire's main source of angst is [[LikeParentLikeSpouse her parents' difficult virtually inevitable divorce]].



**Later, Bender is locked in a storage closet.



** Whilst she is initially rude to Allison, she is fairly kind to Brian right off the bat (almost comforting him about being a virgin), and later gives Allison a makeover, being nice to her "because you're letting me".

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** Whilst she is initially rude to Allison, she is fairly kind to Brian right off the bat (almost (sort-of comforting him about being a virgin), and later gives Allison a makeover, being nice to her "because you're letting me".



** There's the argument that Vernon wanted to be able to claim Bender had assaulted him, and Bender knew it. Hell, Vernon had literally just pointed out that no one would take Bender's word over his; his plan was obvious. The fear on Bender's face seems to negate this a little.

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** There's the argument that Vernon wanted to be able to claim Bender had assaulted him, and Bender knew it.it so didn't rise to the bait. Hell, Vernon had literally just pointed out that no one would take Bender's word over his; his plan was obvious. The fear on Bender's face seems to negate this a little.



* SarcasticClapping: "That was great, Claire. My image of you is totally ''blown''."

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* SarcasticClapping: Bender. "That was great, Claire. My image of you is totally ''blown''."



* SuckySchool: Eight hour detentions on Saturday is just one of the many things wrong here.

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* SuckySchool: Eight hour detentions on Saturday is just one of the many things wrong here.here, never mind the principal.



*** At the very least, it seems as though Allison and Brian might remain friends, as Brian promises he [[spoiler: wouldn't do that to any of them]], and Allison [[spoiler: doesn't have any friends, nor does she think the kind of friends she'd have would mind]].

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*** At the very least, it seems as though Allison and Brian might remain friends, as Brian promises he [[spoiler: wouldn't do that to any of them]], and Allison [[spoiler: doesn't have any friends, nor does she think the kind of friends she'd have would mind]]. Similarly, Andy and Claire already knew each other slightly from their overlapping social circles.
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