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If I had to choose a movie for the whole world to watch I would have to choose, The Breakfast Club directed by John Hughes because it is an entertaining film that sends a strong message to the audience. The Breakfast Club is able to showcase how individuals are put into stereotypes that can hurt them, as well as the pressure students have to succeed, and other important moral issues.

In the movie, five students that are all completely different from each other are placed into Saturday detention, and are required to write a thousand-word essay about who they think they are. There is a princess, a jock, a criminal, a brain, and a basket case. The movie makes sure to implement the stereotypes and shows the pressure that there is to fit in. The film shows how people are quick to judge and typecast someone without really knowing them. For example, one of the main characters John Bender, “the criminal” is seen as tough, bad, and reckless. Students and adults assume that he genuinely does not care about his future because in the end he will follow the footsteps of a felon. The truth is that Bender’s father physically abuses him and his mother, so he has this persona in order for him to be able to cope with everything he is dealing with. Towards the end of the film, Bender shows a friendlier side; he shows his true personality. Today, this is still enforced in society, for instance sometimes people tend to judge others based on their race. They think that a person with an Asian culture is smart while a person with a Latin culture is not. This movie shows how you really cannot judge a book by its cover because appearance is not the only thing that matters.

I choose this movie for everyone to see because it covers many important topics that are still relevant today. The Breakfast Club came out in 1985 but it reflects how society still has a big impact. Individuals are still very concerned with what other people have to say about themselves, and this is reinforced by social media. People post pictures about their daily lives to show society that they are living a good life, no one shows their true self. In the movie the janitor of the school tells the vice president that he cares about what the students think of him, and that for me was a very important part because it showed that no matter who you are, even adults care what other people have to say about them. Individuals always seek approval of each other and they always try to fit the status quo because when they do not, they get looked down upon.

This movie also shows how parents can have a big role in their children’s lives. Throughout the movie the five students share important parts about their lives at home and the pressure that they have from their parents, school, and society to succeed. They show how the athlete, tries to please his father by being great in wrestling and always winning but on the inside he is dissatisfied with the way his father treats him. This film emphasizes how parents should support their children, and not put too much pressure on them because they already have a lot of pressure from society. It also shows children that they can succeed in life and not follow their parents’ footsteps just like Bender. He is not forced to go to school by his parents, he still goes. This tells us that he has a drive to succeed and not to become like his father.

Throughout the film, the characters start to realize that just because they come from different backgrounds and cliques they do not have to follow what society says. By the end of the film, the teenagers have a better understanding of who they are as individuals instead of what the world around them wants them to be. I believe this movie would be a great movie for the world to watch, because it is not only entertaining, but it shows how people should not be quick to discriminate and judge someone due to their physical appearance. I believe people should be exposed to this because it still has an accurate representation of our society and teenagers.

 

 

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