Add Event My Events Log In

Upcoming Events

    Bit to Do

    Featuring a special screening of the iconic high school film.
    Print this page

    Suburban life often gets an interesting treatment in films. Many filmmakers (David Lynch, Sam Mendes and Todd Field, for example) like to show suburbia’s seedy underside, the dark and ugly truth behind its shiny veneer. The cynical imagination revels in these depictions – and yet, they are often foreboding exaggerations meant to expose the hypocrisy behind the idea of the American Dream. It is John Hughes who perhaps best shows its normalcy, its accepted place within the American psyche, and through this lens he seeks to explore the trials and angsts of teenagers. And while we certainly shouldn’t take his depictions of the teenage years as universal (all these families are well-off middle class – heck, they live in suburbia), they nevertheless serve as a relatable portrait of the struggles of youth.

    The Breakfast Club is the film with which we are concerned today. What happens when five representatives of five different classes in high school society are thrown together for a day of detention? “Brain, Beauty, Jock, Rebel, Recluse” – these are the labels given to these kids. Yet, when pitted together against an unsympathetic authority figure, they realize they have more in common than they think – and maybe, just maybe, this theme of the breaking down of social barriers is more than a little relevant today.

    The Breakfast Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special screening tomorrow Saturday, March 28th at Baxter Avenue Theater at 7:30. The theater is located at 1250 Bardstown Road. Full information can be found on the theater website.

    Image courtesy of the Internet Movie Database.

    Allan Day's picture

    About Allan Day

    There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

    More from author:  

    Share On: