I am watching The Breakfast Club today. I was motivated to watch it after going to see Pitch Perfect with the Child and our friend, M. You see, it is referenced repeatedly in Pitch Perfect and I wanted to know what the fuss was about. Plus, it is on Netflix and I am on vacation.
The Breakfast Club is about a group of teens in Saturday detention. They are required to write an essay about who they are before the day is over.
The kids are the stereotypical high school stereotypes, they list themselves in the beginning of the movie as the athlete, princess, basket-case, brain and criminal. They all know one another, but really know nothing of one another beyond the stereotypes.
The movie follows the teens as they fight, break rules and eventually get to know each other’s dark secrets and learn that they all want to avoid making some of the same mistakes as some of the adults around them.
In the end, they write a collective essay about how they do not fit the stereotypes suspected by the principal. They are changed in knowing the truth about one another. But, it they still go back to the lives they once had because such is life with cliques in high school (or any time, for that matter).
I have heard this movie described as one of the best high school movies of all times. Although I have never seen it to this point, I might agree. It is well put together and it does take a good look at stereotypes and the background behind those stereotypes.
I was watching another show this week (clearly, while on vacation, I have been watching a lot of television) called Emily Owens, MD. Yes, it is yet another medical show. The jury is still out as to whether or not I want to gouge my eyes out or watch it. But, in the first episode, she describes the hospital as being like high school. You still have the crazy kids, the geeks, the jocks and the divas. I thought the description was a little over the top. A bit extreme.
Despite that, it is kind of true. We grow into adults but sometimes things don’t change that much from high school. I mean, we change, we grow, but we still are insecure, we still do foolish things and make bad choices.
The stereotypes in this movie and present in real life. We all know a crazy one and a bad one and a princess. But that is really just a piece of a person. An outward façade.
Some people say surgeons are all cold and don’t like people. Yet, I have met surgeons who love clinic as much as cutting and call patients from home to check in. Others think all oncologists are warm and fuzzy people. I have met some fairly nasty people who work as oncologists. Then there are people who assume pathologists have to be anti-social to work down in the lab all day, but it took one day on a pathology rotation to see that they are just as chatty as everyone else, just they have different interests.
In high school, I was most definitely a nerd. In university, I was most definitely a nerd (well, in first year, there was a phase where I was thought to be a stoner hippie based on my friends and overall attitude). In med school, I was a nerd. But, a lot of that has to do with people you associate with, activities and decisions you make. Not necessarily your personality in full. There a cliques everywhere in life. They don’t stop in high school. They still exist where I am now.
I am going to a career fair tonight to talk to people about my field. It will be a good time. I love this kind of stuff. The thing is… Like often attracts like. There are stereotypes for a reason, even if people are individuals beneath the labels.
The Breakfast Club is an interesting look at high school and stereotypes. The whole thing really goes on into adulthood where we try to pretend to not have stereotypes and wish we were more secure. And we do kind of turn into our parents whether or not we want to. All in all, a good movie. Plus, it has a very good closing song. Quite appropriate to the movie.