The Reason, a breakfast club fanfic | FanFiction
Claire wasn't ashamed to admit that she was the jealous type. However, Claire knew that Allison wasn't interested in being just friends with John Bender. She trusted that John wouldn't do anything, or at least she tried to. That was made difficult by the fact that not a soul knew about their relationship. The Ballad of Claire and Allison: The OTP of “The Breakfast Club”. By Trish But Bender won't leave Claire the hell alone, asking her intrusive. Read Dating Brian Johnson would include from the story The Breakfast Club Preferences by -Brian Johnson -Claire Standish -John Bender -Andrew Clark - Allison Reynolds Overall they're happy with your relationship and trust him.
You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. This paper will define the social penetration theory, provide a brief context of the film and examine the layers of personality structure that Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor outline in their theory with the coinciding aspects of the movie where each character exposes this layer of themselves.
People, like onions, do not simply break open and share the core of who they are, the center of them is precious and protected. Self-disclosure brings communicators to a place of intimacy, it can be but is not always a direct process and there are many factors that influence self-disclosure. Reaching the core of a person is not a one stop shop, but self-disclosure must be habitual to maintain intimacy. It was written and directed by John Hughes, a popular 80s director.
The major theme of the film is friendship and overcoming social barriers. Application of Theory to Film: How is it integrated?
Each character does not disclose layers at the same time as the other, but generally they do. Bender and Allison are slight exceptions, because Bender is quicker to disclose and push others to disclose, while Allison remains quite anonymous after the others have disclosed.
The characters spend the most time in this layer. John Bender fuels its discussion and disclosure comes through stereotypes and preconceived notions about each other that the students express. Bender begins a discussion regarding clubs at their school and shows the differences between Claire and Brian. Claire corrects him and Brian remarks that he loves his work, while Andy is stretching on the handrail and Allison is alone at the table.
This scene underlines the social differences between the characters, but shows the beginning of interactions. It implies that Bender is less-educated and destructive, Claire is privileged to know the information, Brian genuinely likes the literature, Andy is preoccupied and Allison is a loner, but the conversation begins the process of self-disclosure into the second layer of personality: Preferences in clothes, food, and music.
Preferences in Clothes, Food, Music etc. Before and during the lunch scene, Bender presses Claire to share about her relations with men. The group begins discussing their households and dating preferences. But the lunch scene shows their preferences and information about their lives symbolically through their lunches. The group is propelled into the next layer by Bender, who shares about his abusive household and the group finally senses genuine information being disclosed.
The group thinks Bender is highly selfish and desires trouble, but he shows that his convictions lie deeper than that and he is willing to sacrifice himself for them. The others value not getting in trouble with and pleasing Running head: They are all engrossed in what their parents or peers think, that they have not developed goals and aspirations for themselves as individuals.
As far as convictions and even further, religious convictions, the group does not disclose many. They are portrayed as products of their families and social spheres who are beginning to discover themselves as individuals.
This is seen in the scene when Bender goes to another part of the library to smoke marijuana. Bender is open to risk and the others are not, but it does not take much for the rest of them to follow him and join him in smoking.
She's a good girl, she wouldn't skip detention, it might hurt her image and her parents would get mad at her. She had nothing better to do. She wanted to be there.
He doesn't care and it gets him out of his abusive household. The only bad kid is Bender and he doesn't seem to care at all about spending his Saturday at school away from his house. The others were driven there by their parents anyway. Also, the penalty for skipping detention, IIRC high school was a very long time ago! With the exception of Bender and possibly Allisonthese kids are college-bound and a suspension is a permanent mark, or so they're led to believe.
The last five minutes. Except for the jump on the football field, none of it made any damn sense whatsoever. I got the idea that that was to show them trusting each other and the fact that everybody loves everybody and just watch the damn movie and the ending makes sense.
It's pretty obvious there is sexual tension between John and Claire through out the whole movie. The ending kiss isn't that strange if you were paying attention. You lock five hormonal teenagers in a room with each other for nine hours and don't expect a few of them to hook up?
That's exactly what I wouldn't expect. Seriously, how often do two people have their First Kiss on the very same day that they meet for the very first time?
Especially when they start the day hating each other. And let's note that, although they were high for awhile, nobody seemed high when the First Kiss stuff rolled around. How many people spend nine hours with someone the first day they meet them?
And how many of those people spend those nine hours almost alone in a fairly private place? You would be amazed how many teenagers have their first lots-of-things with other teenagers they just met. I know that there's only two girls and three guys in the movie, but it still bothers me that Brian is the only one who isn't paired up at the end. But the actor who played him got to date Molly Ringwald in real life and met her via this film.
Also, apparently Molly was rooting for their characters to end up together in the film. Your parentheses suggest Sixteen Candles either never existed or they somehow filmed all of their many scenes together separately. The writers supposedly thought he was too young to believably date. Yes, that is stupid. He's old enough to smoke pot, but he's too young to date?! Maybe this is just a more modern take, but is it necessary for everyone to be wrapped up in a cute little heterosexual couple at the end?
Having him be a singleton at least adds a bit of realism. That's how I felt. And from what I could tell, it really wasn't like he was looking to date anyone there.
It's not so much that someone wasn't paired up, it's that, of all the people, the geek was the one that no one wanted. It's like, no matter what we learn and discover about ourselves, some things never change. The geek will stay home and do our homework while we go and have rampant teen sex.
I love this movie, and that's the only detail that I really hate. Because it's spot on Everyone else goes on to be in love, Brian goes home alone. Reminds me of freshman dance! He doesn't seem remotely upset that everyone but him is hooking up, though, which to me was incredibly unrealistic. Or possibly it just continued the overall theme of high school and on a larger scale, society and on an even larger scale, life not being fair and sometimes the "pretty people" end up making out in the closet while you're stuck writing the damn essay.
However, if the point of the story was to break down stereotypes, then perhaps it would have been better for the geek to date one of the girls, and the jock to stay single. In my experience at least, it is geek and the crazy girl are the least likely to have dates in highschool, whereas the jock, the princess and to a lesser extent, the hood, that can get dates easily.
In order for the stereotypes to be properly broken, the relationships must cause shake-ups, not just at school, but on the home front as well.
The Ballad of Claire and Allison: The OTP of "The Breakfast Club" - AfterEllen
Brian cannot effectively do this because he would only startle one or the other, but not both. If Brian had wound up with Claire, he'd only cause a shake-up at school, but if he were to wind up with Allison, he's only shake things up on the home-front.
Andy and Bender, however, can shake things up both at school and on the home front. In other words, nothing ever changes. Except, it does for most of them. Just not for Brian. And Dick, I suppose. Bender and Claire got together at the end and I got that.
They had a decent amount of sexual tension throughout the movie and I expected it to happen. But Andy and Allison just seemed a lot more tacked on, and I always thought it would have made more sense for her to end up with Brian. They're already the two social outcast type characters anyway Bender's a special case, kind of toeing the line between popular and outcast and as has already been mentioned, Andy not being with anyone would fit in more with the breaking down of stereotypes.
Really, it would have been better even if Claire and Bender were the only ones who ended up hooking up and the others just stayed friends. To be fair, Andy and Allison probably gets more direct build-up throughout the film than Claire and Bender do.
Andy keeps on talking to her after their initial walk to get some drinks, and he's clearly the one who cares the most about her when she talks about running away and how her parents ignore her.
To me, it's Claire and Bender who get tacked on, since before their kissing scene when she comes to get him from the room Vernon locks him in, they're practically at each others throats.
If the students were a Venn Diagram, Bender would be the one in the overlapping section both cool and an outcast at the same time. He should've been the one to stay single. Makes sense, but Bender needs a positive influence in his life, something to show that there's something out there for him.
He doesn't have to settle for another few years of abuse, getting arrested for fighting back, or running away and never finishing high school. There were only five kids, and I did rather enjoy the two couples that came out of it Andy and Allison in particular. But I personally don't like this choice as the poor guy was not only left alone and single to do his paper, but the cool kids actually got him to do their homework for them, both of which reinforce the fact that geeks are unpopular losers.
John Hugehs' reasoning on why Brian was single is that he was too socially immature for a relationship, but that doesn't really work when Claire seems to want to date John because it'll piss off her parents. I think Andrew has a lot more potential than Brian to be a healthy influence for Allison. Remember how Brian is in all the clubs and has attentive parents and teachers and and Allison doesn't have any friends or anything to do with her day?
She's the one in need of something to change her life and the one we should have sympathy for, in my opinion, and having her first boyfriend be an equally inexperienced and similarly socially confused awkward mess is likely to make her life more difficult than it needs to be. It may be tough for Brian, but I think he will be fine.
Okay, we've all made some good points here. Basically what this argument comes down to is whether the nerd should be shunted a relationship so the abused boy can get a support system. My thinking is this: Bender doesn't need a girlfriend, he just needs a friend. What little development that his relationship with Claire had should have been spent bonding with Andrew as friends. Bender could help Andrew to be his own man and move out of his dad's shadow the parental abuse Andrew suffers appears to be entirely psychological, not physical like Bender'sand Andrew could extend a hand to Bender and be a friend.
Bender's a smart guy, very perceptive and has a sharp tongue. He's also pretty well built. Can anyone else see him taking Andrew's place on the wrestling team? He'd have a safe, acceptable outlet for his frustration with a whole team of peers. Creating a budding Bromance between Bender and Andrew results in Claire being free to date Brian, and Andrew still ends up with Allison.
How many Lifetime channel movies have to back story be the vapid popular girl hooks up with an abused, dangerous guy that she thinks she can fix, with the added benefit off pissing off her dad?
It's kinda sweet, but hardly the "everybody helps everybody" outcome John Hughes was going for just my opinion. Who says Brian even wanted to hook up with anybody in the group? For all we know, he already has a relationship or a heavy crush with someone who wasn't in detention that day, or is simply more concerned with his studies than with having a non-stop social life.
He has that girlfriend from Niagara Falls. On Monday, Claire's going to be hanging around Bender's locker again trying to get his attention [which we can assume she'll get. Claire did this, having fun showing someone how to be girly. Andy tried to do this in being a young man, confronting her about her problems, but he's also an athlete.
A victory is a victory, and making out with a girl who's just learning to be desirable counts. If he and Allison run into each other the following week, he'll probably talk to her, but if he sees her in the hallways, he'll point out to his buddies that he made out with her during that detention.
High fives all around. Brian, by contrast, was treated with respect for his intellect. Sure, he was manipulated into it by Claire, but she spoke for all of them that they trusted him to be the best. He doesn't get that kind of validation at home. When he saw Allison, newly-made, he was stunned by her beauty. She'd never experienced such a look before, and it took her a few seconds to understand and whisper "thank you.
Claire has money, Andy will become Al Bundy, Bender will probably be a failure, Allison could go anywhere, but just on this one Saturday in high school detention, you can understand the arc of his life. Decades from now [well, ] he'll be looking back on this day as another day in high school that he didn't score with the chicks, but he's become much wiser since. Don't weep for Brian because of a dramatic presentation of nine hours in his life where the other guys hooked up with chicks.
Brian getting good grades does not mean he will be successful in life. This is a man who tried to kill himself over one bad grade. Crippling fear of failure, the refusal to think for himself, and a lack of people skills might be rewarded in the kind of shitty high school in which the film is set, but in the real world they'll do him more harm than good. I don't buy the "Bender needs a support system" excuse for why Brian had to stay single.
Bender is from an abusive home, but Brian was contemplating suicide. He needed a support system just as much, if not more. It still just reeks of Unfortunate Implications when the nerd is left alone despite being established for being messed up and needing help as much as the other boys. I always wondered why they all assumed that handing in one ridiculously short essay for all 5 of them would be acceptable to Principal Assmunch.
It's Saturday afternoon, he's not getting paid by the hour, he wants to go home too. The movie makes it clear that he's as trapped in and frustrated by the system as the students. Remember the coffee cup balancing on pencils, the deconstructive chat with the janitor? These kids turned on me Carl, you think I give one rat's ass what these kids think of me?
The essay itself gets into this, but they've learned not to care what other people think. It's a stupid assignment, done solely for the sake of busywork. It's an act of rebellion borne of their coming of age, or whatever it is they got from this experience. The essay was not something Asst Principal Vernon could really make the students do. Sitting in school all day on a Saturday is the defined punishment. What's he going to do? Turn in the omni-essay written by Brian and tell his boss "Hey Principal, these kids only finished one essay".
Claire and Andrew want him to write the essay so they feel covered. Allison who really does not have to be there and Bender don't care about the essay. And how the hell did Emilio break a window by yelling at it? A trained singer can break glass by hitting the right frequency. Alternatively, he has sonic superpowers. That can be done by standing very close to the a small piece of glass and singing at exactly the right pitch—but a piece of metal is usually needed to transfer the sound wave into the glass.
It's not that you need to sing high, just at a right pitch and tone. I had always just assumed he only thought he did because he was high. Windowpanes are next to impossible to shatter with your voice the glass is too soft to resonate properlyespecially by yelling at it like a gorilla. Crystal is much easier to break, but since they typically don't make high school windows out of crystal, I'd go with the "only thought he broke it because he was high" theory. Same reason we heard guitar music after Bender's colossal "Fuck You" when Vernon was walking out of the room.
The one thing I've wondered since I first saw the movie and still wonder to this day They meet in the morning, so the student body as a whole has named it breakfast detention or the breakfast club or somesuch. Hughes asked a friend's son what their nickname was for detention. Since it was held on Saturday morning, they called it By the end of the movie they're all friends and want to hang out together.
That's a problem because Bender's not about to join the student council, and the popular girls aren't going to accept Allison, so they form a new club to show that people can be friends without having to be exactly the same. Just because they might want to, doesn't mean they will. Brian suspects this, and Claire pointedly admits this. I'd also go so far as to say that now that Allison is dating a jock, Brian's probably going to lose her as a friend now that she's gotten to the Quirky Female Escape Route.
And Brian and Bender never make any kind of connection. In the scene where they're running around the school and they keep coming across Vernon, how the hell does he not hear five people running? Or the glass breaking? No real explanation for him not hearing the running, but after locking Bender in the storeroom he goes down into the basement and ends up drinking with Carl while hes down there. Presumably he didn't smell the pot or hear all the noises because he was still in the basement.
On a more trivial note, what the fuck did Allison put on her sandwich? I always thought that she also dribbled a bit of her soda on it from the straw, to make it less crunchy.
I thought she put the straws in her soda to give it a more pixie stick taste. I thought it was Corn Pops. Apparently, a lot of scenes were cut from the movie, including Brian's own little sarcastic quips about his homelife to John during John's snarky little simulation of it and Allison writing with her toes, which was filmed but never made the cut. Apparently, those and more were on some video tape that the director kept until his dying day, never revealing where he hid it or something Well, think about it, does The Breakfast Club really need to be 2 and a half hours long?
Thirded, with a side of wanting to read John Hughes ' unpublished stories about the rest of Shermer. No, it did not need to be two and a half hours long. The movie works just fine as it is. For that matter, the scenes described by the OP probably would have detracted from the movie.
First, Brian is not the type to throw around sarcastic barbs at other people. Having Brian do the same thing makes his character way too antagonistic towards the others, and completely contradicts everything we've seen of the character up to that point.
Second, Allison writing with her toes did not need to be seen. There was no point to seeing it. In fact, the whole point of the writing with her toes line was that it was so randomly funny.
Actually seeing her do it would have ruined the joke. Okay, she can write with her toes. And the purpose of an extra minutes of watching her write with her toes would be?
Quick question; why exactly are you lumping the characters into the stereotypes that the film spent so much time deconstructing and showing they are not? It would've been refreshing to see Brian actually do something to break his stereotype other than get high and dance. And " minutes of watching her write with her toes"?
As opposed to the one minute that it's more likely to be? It's also the fact that most of the scenes that were cut were ad libbedwhich is always good to see in a film. What's with Emilio Estevez dancing while baked? Who in the hell is that active while high? Some people like to move while high; it's not just a mental buzz, you know. And the character was a very physical person anyway who had been more or less forced to sit still for the previous four hours getting more frustrated and twitchy.
Yeah, but is anybody really that coordinated while they're high? I kept expecting him to trip or fall over, or whatever. It takes more than a small joint to turn a physically adept athlete into a bumbling idiot. That only happens in bad PS As. Bender is a bully. He humiliates Claire, subjects her to sexual taunting, and makes her cry. Am I supposed to be happy that they end up together? We heard all about his home life and saw firsthand how he treats a girl he eventually decides he likes.
The kid clearly needs some reprogramming in that department before he starts dating.
Great Character: John Bender (“The Breakfast Club”)
I thought a lot of things about the movie were believable, but not something to be happy about. And I thought that was more or less the point. For example, Emilio Estevez only likes weird girl after she gets a makeover - indicating, first, that he's too shallow to care about anything besides looks, and second, he's willing to ignore her extremely bizarre behaviors which would signal, to most people, some major mental instability, which is generally a turnoff just because she suddenly looks nice.
Is that relationship going anywhere good? Presumably she's still just as batshit crazy. And as for Bender Again, maybe the audience was supposed to find it a feel-good ending, but I saw it as a dark and very believable conclusion, at least the John and Claire thing. I agree on one, disagree on the other. Andy clearly likes Allison from the get-go.
It's not uncommon for jocks or the popular kids to be attracted to the quirky girl but are afraid to say anything because they think their friends will laugh remember that bit in Juno? He often smiles at what she does, goes out of his way to speak to her, and is definitely the nicest to her over anyone else.
He's the first and, really, only person to show an interest in her personal life. I think that's why Allison likes him: As for why he likes her, I assume it's because she seems to think for herself, something he's well aware he can't do. I always assumed Allison's way of dressing was about hiding while simultaneously drawing attention to herself, and not so much to do with it being a statement.
His comment about her looks is that he can see her face—you know, she's not hiding. I think what Allison was wearing was the shirt she had beneath her jacket. All she did was take off her many layers, pull her hair back, and allow make-up to be put on.
Still, I don't think he would have pursued her if she didn't look acceptable as a date to his father and friends. I do agree this movie doesn't have a feel-good, happily-ever-after ending, even if it thinks it does. Which becomes especially apparent with Claire and Bender splitting this long-winded lecture: Her "nice" moments to him weren't anything better than anything between the Brain, the Jock, or the Basket-Case.
The fact that they ended up together seemed trite, if you're going for the normal moral-of-the-day. If you're going for the "They didn't learn anything" one, it makes sense: He might honestly like her, but I don't see her really liking him.
Even if they do, I only see it being an abusive and miserable relationship. Reminds me of this Cracked article. And yes, this is a link to a Cracked article on a TV Tropes page The reasons for Bender's cruelty to Claire were likely bitterness hes pissed that she has everything and he has nothingignorance shes the popular one and popular people are by default assholes and to a lesser extent boredom well how else is he supposed to spend a whole Saturday at school?
Once those issues cleared up and they had bonded they were able to comprehend their mutual attraction. Depends on your perspective. Do the kids come out of the library changed or do they leave the exact same and follow in their parents' footsteps?