Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. In the simplest and in their own terms, Claire is a princess, Andrew an athlete, John a criminal, Brian a brain, and Allison a basket case. But one other thing they do have in common is a nine hour detention in the school library together on Saturday, March 24, , under the direction of Mr. Vernon, supervising from his office across the hall. Each is required to write a minimum one thousand word essay during that time about who they think they are.
‘The Breakfast Club’ (Brian): “Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club”
The Breakfast Club - Wikiquote
The plot follows five students at fictional Shermer High School in the widely used John Hughes setting of Shermer, Illinois a fictitious suburb of Chicago based on Hughes' hometown of Northbrook, Illinois , as they report for Saturday detention on March 24, The school's disciplinary principal, Mr. Vernon, gives them all an assignment; they will write an essay about "who you think you are" and the violations they committed to end up in Saturday detention. The seeming delinquent of the group, Bender, is instantly hostile toward his classmates, acting out several times. He acts as though he'll urinate on the floor, suggests that he and Andrew close the library door and have forced sex with Claire, challenges Andrew's athletic prowess and rigs the main door to the library so that it can't be braced open so Vernon can keep an eye on them from his office. During lunch, he jovially mocks Brian's home life and then offers everyone a glimpse into his relationship with his own father whom abuses him both verbally and physically. In a rage, Bender runs off and sits alone, hurt by what he revealed to the group.
They merely saw each other passed the facades they put up. You know the theme of the entire movie. Labels are irrelevant. Be true to yourself. Detention is alright.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. We are thankful for their contributions and encourage you to make your own. John is really the protagonist of the film, although his role within the group initially seems more that of the antagonist. He is combative, aggressive and has a knack for identifying a person's weak spot, then taunting them about it. He torments Claire for her good girl persona, and for being a tease.