Underneath the chandelier of a vacant home, Jim Kerr dances. With a movement of his arm, a row of televisions appear behind him. In the back of the room, Mel plays the drums, his face on the screens. A rocking horse moves back and forth next. It’s seen by the drums. On the television, a grotesque clown’s face scowls. It sits on the table.
With his hands by his head, Jim stands in the clutter of the children’s toys. He steps over the train set, finding a path to the jukebox. He places his hand on it, shouting into it. He walks back through the clutter. On the floor, a television plays clips from The Breakfast Club: Allison (Ally Sheedy) is made over, Claire (Molly Ringwald) kisses Bender’s (Judd Nelson) neck, Andrew (Emilio Estevez) cheers himself while he plays table football, Vernon (Paul Gleason) threatens Bender with more detention, Allison pulls her hood over head and makes a noise, Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) grins at himself for writing the perfect essay and the group slides down the hallway.
As the camera gives a panoramic view of the room, Jim stands in the center, with his arms crossed. Jim sits on top of the jukebox, smacking his hands together. On the television, Bender plays air guitar, Brian falls from his chair, the group dances together in the library and Andrew plays with the strings of his hoodie.
Jim snaps his fingers by the television, his feet seen on the screens. His mouth sings the lyrics on the television. Jim spins around.
The house becomes vacant again and Jim fades away underneath the chandelier.
In his childhood home, Jim remembers the friends he would invite over to play. They would watch television and rearrange the train set. With the start of middle school, most of those friendships had ended. He didn’t speak to them anymore. By graduation, they were strangers who shared memories.
In The Breakfast Club, Bender, Allison, Claire, Brian and Andrew are from different cliques in high school who have to stay in detention on a Saturday afternoon. The clips focus on the bond that grew between the five of them. Detention changed them all. It gave Allison the confidence to stop hiding behind her bulky coats and black clothes. Brian had the chance to talk back to an authority figure and see how classmates like Bender are treated by the faculty. Outside of Andrew, Claire talks to other people and receives a reality check on her group of friends is perceived. The clips neglect Andrew’s growth, though.
The clips overshadow the clutter on the floor. While it fits with the movie, the characters have become iconic, creating a debate whether they stayed friends, that it seems redundant. It’s unfortunate Andrew stays the goofy jock in the clips. Out of all the characters, he is one who has the most integrity and self-awareness. He’s seems to be a reluctant popular kid and probably would prefer hanging out with Brian and Allison, despite Claire’s assertions that he would pretend not to know them. He likely noticed Allison but didn’t know how to approach her. When he finally gets to talk to Allison alone, he seems to test her when he proclaims he’s a star athlete. After she calls him out, he warms up to her and realizes he finally has someone who doesn’t care if he wins a match or not.
Director: Daniel Kleinman Year: 1985
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