* AccidentalInnuendo: "Grab some wood there, bub."
* AlternateAesopInterpretation: Some consider the actual moral to be "no one actually learned anything".
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: By the bucketload.
** Was Vernon actually going to beat Bender down? Or was it all an act to prove that Bender isn't as tough as he says he is? Is Vernon a jerkass authority figure that uses his authority to bully the students or is he the designated villain of the movie?
** Does the gang really care about each other? Sure they formed some kind of bond during detention but exactly how close that bond is is up for debate. Some feel that the day was spent finding new ways to take advantage of each other.
** A case could be made for Brian's parents being {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who were totally in the dark about his suicidal tendencies. But from the brief time we see his mother, she at least is clearly very hard.
** Older viewers are more likely to sympathise with Vernon and Carl, viewing the teens as overly angsty and unlikeable.
** Is Carl a KnightInSourArmor or just as self-centered as the rest of the adults?
* {{Anvilicious}}: GrowingUpSucks and AdultsAreUseless. The movie pulls no punches in shoving it in your face.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdqoNKCCt7A theme]] performed by Simple Minds.
** The closing credits music too, which was a song -- no, an anthemic powerhouse of a funk/rock dancer -- called "Heart Too Hot to Hold" by Jesse Johnson and Stephanie Spruill.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypy0z2rRzhE "Fire in the Twilight"]] by Wang Chung, which is heard during the "running from Vernon" scene, is also delightfully catchy.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Bender. You either love him for being a sympathetic, flawed jerk, or think he's an insufferable prick [[DesignatedLoveInterest who got with Claire]], [[KarmaHoudini despite previously sexually harassing her]].
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** The dance montage late in the film. Nothing sets it up, it doesn't advance the plot and is never mentioned again. One could see it as the moment where most of the group finally loosened up and became capable of opening up to/with each other.
** When the gang smokes Bender's weed, Andy gets super enthusiastic and dances around the library, complete with gymnastic moves like back-flips. If that wasn't odd enough, he then slams a door and breaks all the glass in it. This is never brought up again nor does anyone shows any concern about a bunch of broken glass.
* BrokenAesop: The message of looking at people beyond their social clique is mired slightly by the fact that the nerd ends the film as the only single person in the group and is forced to write their assignment all by himself, more or less showing that he is still only thought of and valued by the others as a nerd.
* BrokenBase:
** The makeover that Alison got from Claire, while it is a known complaint of the movie in which some even accuse it of being a [[LonersAreFreaks rather anti-individual]] FamilyUnfriendlyAesop there are also those who will defend it (see UnnecessaryMakeover and MisaimedFandom below).
** The pairings at the end with Bender & Claire and Andrew & Alison. While there are plenty of viewers who find them to be classic examples of cinematic romance, there are also plenty of those who find one or both of them to be blatant cases of DesignatedLoveInterest that would never last. Those who go for the latter often either prefer [[FanPreferredCouple alternate pairings]] or believe they all were just too abusive to each other for any romance to reasonably last. Or on a slightly more positive note, some may find the debates silly by stating that High-School romances normally don't last at all anyways.
** Related to the complaint about the pair-ups for the film consisting of Bender & Claire and Andrew & Alison, a number of fans are upset that this meant Brian was left alone at the end of the film. Many fans defend the decision, debating that Brian didn't "need" a relationship the same way some of the other members of the group got or that because of how he was raised his emotional maturity still needed work (John Hughes himself said Brian wasn't socially mature enough to be in a relationship). Other fans are still angry, pointing out that Brian's maturity level was no less than the other members of the group, such as Alison or Bender, and the other reasons come off more like excuses. The fact that Brian is a nerd, and thus the uncool one of the group, is left alone to write a paper while the other four kids all go make-out clashes with the theme of the movie to some.
* CommonKnowledge: Everyone knows that Bender crawls through an airshaft to get back to the library. Except he doesn't. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypp2-w_lf_Q As this clip shows]], he crawls through the ceiling, not an airshaft.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: ''The Breakfast Club'' is to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' what ''Film/SixteenCandles'' is to ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. A common complaint some viewers have about the film is that, in spite of its moments of levity, the film is too bleak and cynical to get emotionally invested in. In addition, there are virtually zero characters that aren't damaged or have some sort of agenda, and a popular interpretation of the ending is that the kids didn't really learn anything, and will most likely become just as bad as their parents, if not worse. The original cut of the film is possibly even darker, with Carl making soul-crushingly pessimistic predictions about the futures of the kids, further exploration of their damaged psyches and home lives, and a more downbeat tone.
* DesignatedHero: It's debatable if the Breakfast Club are the kind of group one should root for, read the AlternateCharacterInterpretation section for more details. However if one looks at the movie closely, you'd see that John Bender is more the TokenEvilTeammate than a character we should root for.
* DesignatedVillain: Vernon. Much like [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Dean Rooney]], you're supposed to see him as the bad guy for being antagonistic towards Bender, despite the fact that he left the detention room without permission, brought drugs to school and got everyone to smoke, had a knife on him and threatened to stab someone with it, and caused thousands of dollars in damages for collapsing the vent. While [[KickTheDog threatening Bender was a dick move on his part]], he never actually carried out that threat. That and, abuse of authority aside, some folks felt that Vernon threatening Bender was the closest thing Bender got in a comeuppance due to how much of a jerk he was throughout the rest of the film.
* EarWorm:
** ''Don't you... Forget about me...''
** ''We are not alone! You'll find out when your cover's blown..''
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Abused and neglected kids need to buck up and deal with it, because life just sucks all around.
* FanFicFuel: The rather open-ended ending on how it wasn't answered whether if the 5 actually stayed friends or not by Monday in which of course does rely on your stance in the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism idealism vs cynicism]] debate. While there are viewers who went for the flat out Idealistic belief that all 5 of them stayed friends and the [[OfficialCouple Official Couples]] (Bender X Claire and Andy X Allison) did truly last while others believed that they all went their separate ways by Monday. However, there are plenty who TookAThirdOption and go with a bit of both. Either on how they all still stay to be friends but the [[OfficialCouple Official Couples]] didn't last. Or some of them still stay friends while some of them don't (usually it's either Claire and/or Andy that ditches them to stay with their cliques and it's Bender, Allison and Brian that are still friends. However, those who do this option are normally those who ship Bender with Allison). Or maybe those who had already admitted to or exhibited their own coldness drop most of the others (Bender and Claire), while those who said they wouldn't don't (Andy, Brian, and Allison). Also the suggestion/WordOfGod tidbit that there were several planned sequels, five years apart, revisiting the characters.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Considering the rise of the EducationMama nowadays, watching Brian's subplot with his family may have this effect.
** The story of Brian bringing a gun to school, regardless of the fact that it's a flare gun, wouldn't sound funny considering the recent school shootings and suicides, if the implication of him killing himself is true, that have been occurring.
** Threatening someone with a knife, like Bender did, would be grounds of expulsion and even arrest charges in this day and age, even if he didn't use it.
** The pot smoking scene, while perhaps funny in 1985, doesn't age well after the "Just Say No!" campaign of the mid-late 1980s put a major damper on the social acceptance of marijuana use among most teenagers, although recent political changes have swung this back in the other direction.
** Bender's advances on Claire would land him with a sexual harassment charge, or worse.
** As mentioned under ValuesDissonance, Bender and Andy using the word "Faggot" so casually makes both characters look quite a bit nastier today than it did in 1985. Especially in the case of Andy, as he's not supposed to have the same level of Jerkass exterior that Bender does.
* HilariousInHindsight: As a CastingGag in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', Ally Sheedy plays a high school teacher in 1983 who sends Scott Summers (a.k.a. Cyclops) to the principal's office.
* HoYay: One moment, when Bender tries to psyche out Andy.
-->'''Bender:''' You know, you're kinda sexy when you're angry.
** Claire and Allison also have their moments, particularly on Allison's end.
* HypeBacklash: Somewhat inevitable, considering the film's damn-near universal acclaim.
* JerkassWoobie: Of all the five kids who have a troublesome background right behind their behavior, Bender in particular counts as such, ''big time''. Andy to a lesser extent, as he's never portrayed as a jerk in the film, but rather hearkens back to something he did.
* MisaimedFandom: Allison is admired by some fans for her proto-goth style and unabashedly quirky behavior, and her makeover near the end of the film is often considered an UnnecessaryMakeover which replaces the uniqueness of her look with a more conventional, less interesting style. This overlooks the film's depiction of Allison as lonely and unhappy with her status on the fringe of school society, and desperate for attention and friends: in context, the makeover is a welcome gesture of friendship on Claire's part and a visual indication that Allison is reaching out to her peers, rather than the denial of her individuality that it's often taken to be.
* MoralEventHorizon: Or at the very least, a major KickTheDog. Threatening an abused kid in a closed room with a physical beating, really? Then going off to sneak peeks at confidential psychological files -- and is caught by Carl, who promptly [[LaserGuidedKarma blackmails him]].
* {{Narm}}: The parents we see in the opening are such over-the-top {{Hate Sink}}s that it comes off as pandering to younger audiences at best or, at worst, laughable.
* OlderThanTheyThink: [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]]'s famous CatchPhrase, "Eat my shorts!", was originally a ShoutOut to one of Bender's lines in this film. Now, it's commonly believed to have originated on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. [[note]] Fun fact: Bender Rodriguez, one of the most well-known characters from Creator/MattGroening's [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} other show]], was also named in tribute to ''The Breakfast Club'''s Bender. Yeah, it's safe to say Groening likes this movie.[[/note]]
* RewatchBonus: You can see Brian's flare-damaged locker in the opening montage.
* RonTheDeathEater: Some tend to look at the teenagers a little too cynically, viewing them all as dysfunctional monsters. This is forgetting the fact that they are teenagers - and it is universally agreed that life pretty much tends to suck at that age and they have plenty of time to mature and grow as people.
* SacredCow: Go ahead. Say something negative about ''The Breakfast Club''. It will not end well.
* {{Squick}}: Bender is offhandedly shown brushing his teeth with one of Claire's makeup brushes. Claire is later seen using the brush on Allison's face. Also, when Claire takes out her diamond earring and Bender puts it in his own ear without cleaning it. Anyone who's ever had infected piercings knows what happens next.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: While sure it may come off that Claire was acting like a total bitch because of her response towards Brian's comment on if they're going to still be friends when the school week approaches, she has made a good point that given each of the group's social classes, the chances of them remaining friends Post Saturday Detention is pretty slim and pointed out the reasons why it won't be happening.
* ToughActToFollow: It's widely accepted that ''The Breakfast Club'' set such a high standard for teen films that none of the Creator/BratPack actors involved went on to do anything of the same caliber. Creator/MollyRingwald, in particular, is solely remembered as Claire as ''Film/SixteenCandles'' and ''Film/PrettyInPink'' have become DeaderThanDisco.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Bender might come off as this to the modern viewers. While he was always intended to look like a jerk in the beginning, some acts of his jerkassery aged extremely bad, like making a rape joke toward Claire (about "shutting the door and impregnating the prom queen"). The fact that he got together with the girl at the and after a whole movie of sexually harassing her also can be seen as more horrific than optimistic.
* UnnecessaryMakeover: The current Trope Illustrator.
* ValuesDissonance:
** Both Bender and Andy use the word "fag/faggot" without being punished or reprimanded for it. Today, the word is seen as an insult almost on par with the N-word, but in TheEighties, the term would essentially be seen as just another swear, and doesn't imply that either of them were gay-bashers.
** Bender's advances on Claire could land him in hot water in today's society where there is pressure on authorities to take such offenses more seriously.
** Brian's punishment of a Saturday detention for bringing a (flare) gun to school is shockingly laughable these days. Conversely, for someone who went to a school which never had them, the idea of spending an entire Saturday -- indeed, ''any'' length of time on a non-school day -- can seem like cruel and unusual punishment (obviously not for bringing a gun to school, though).
** There is a relatively minor case regarding the fact that Claire brought sushi for lunch, which serves as a symbol of how wealthy and elitist her family is. Back in the '80s sushi was a far more exotic and expensive dish, but over the years it's become more affordable and gained more mainstream popularity. Granted, as a school lunch it's still out of the ordinary, but not quite to the extent that it was at the time the film was released.
** An oft-posted comic using captured scene stills posits that the film wouldn't work if it was made today, as all of the children would be [[PhoneaholicTeenager glued to their mobile devices and tablets]] during the length of detention. Even allowing for the prospect of Vernon not confiscating devices, or for him doing so and the kids sneaking some in anyway, it's a pretty tall order to think they'd all go a full nine hours without any sort of meaningful interaction.
* ValuesResonance: Despite all the dissonant issues listed above, this movie still attracts a strong fanbase to this day. There are plenty of High School teens who can easily relate to the Breakfast Club even 30 years after the movie first came out. Molly Ringwald has even pointed this out as she has told stories about how Teenage Girls have approached her and told her about how the movie was so about their generation in which Molly was rather shocked about it and has tried to tell them that the movie was more about her Generation though.
* {{Wangst}}:
** In-Universe, Claire is very frequently accused of this but while all of the students have accused Claire of being Wangsty, Andy and Bender are the most prominent accusers.
** Principal Vernon has also been accused of this by Carl the Janitor.
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