The Stereotypes Of John Hughes's The Breakfast Club

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Emerging in the 1980’s, John Hughes became one of the time’s most well known directors. His work in the film industry has a very large impact on filmmaking today. Hughes’s films tend to sway more towards the comedy genre, but that does not mean that his movies could not take on a more serious aspect. He has written and directed many iconic movies, such as Ferris Bueller 's Day Off , Pretty in Pink, and The Breakfast Club. All together he has directed sixteen movies. His life may have ended early when he suffered from a heart attack and passed away at the age of fifty-nine, but his movies still have a driving impact today on many generations. Even though he had no degree in filmmaking, John Hughes showed the world that he was able to revolutionize …show more content…
John Hughes excellently portrayed the stereotypes ‘athlete,’ ‘criminal,’ ‘princess,’ ‘brain,’ and ‘basketcase’ throughout the movie, but the first impression was what made the characters who they represented. Hughes choreographed the outfits and emotions of each actor so that each role would distinctly represent each stereotype. Claire Standish, played by Molly Ringwald, was first introduced in a shiny, silver BMW speaking of how she could not believe her dad could not get her out of this situation. Also, it told the audience that she is in detention because she left school to go shopping. Easily, this portrays a stuck-up, prissy girl. Brian Johnson, played by Anthony Michael Hall, was first introduced in a crowded car with his mom. His mom spoke sternly about how she was disappointed he was in detention and that Brian should make use of his time in detention by studying for school. Brian represented the nerd stereotype of the group of teenagers. Next, Andrew Clark, played by Emilio Estevez, was first introduced in a letterman’s jacket with his sports awards sewn on it. Additionally, his dad gave him a pep talk about how the situation could not happen again because colleges do not give scholarships to athletes with disciplinary reports and how he can not miss a match. This allowed many people to relate to the athlete stereotype John Hughes was trying to portray. Then, John Bender, played by Judd Nelson, was first introduced wearing a large trench coat and walking in front of a moving car causing the car to slam on the breaks. Easily, this showed that Bender was not someone to mess with, and it showed him as a mysterious teenager. Finally, Allison Reynolds, played by Ally Sheedy, was introduced by getting out of the car Bender walked in front of and not saying a word. Then, the car zoomed off without any

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