The Breakfast Club is a film about a light-hearted microcosm society of five teenagers in a fictional school in Illinois. The film represents the different characters from a stereotypical cross-section of students attending a weekend detention. It emphasises their differences,likenesses and their evolution throughout the session. This relatively simple film had a surprising impact on the audience, promoting it to cult status.
Released in 1985 The Breakfast Club stands out amongst the other films popular around this time. Of the popular films released there were many crime, futuristic and fantasy adventure films; these were promoting imagination and taking advantage of the technology which was ever improving, films such as Terminator (1984), The Goonies (1985) and the Indiana Jones and Star Wars trilogies were all amongst the top 20 films of the 80’s and these all include a large element of fantasy and escapism. Compared to these The Breakfast Club particularly stands out.It stands out for being simple and real, perhaps more believable but also being easy to relate to as we see parts of each character in ourselves.