10 Foolhardy Movies That Somehow Missed Their Own Point
8. The Breakfast Club (1985) Preaches "Be Yourself"; Ditches It In The Final Moments
Unless I've read The Breakfast Club totally and utterly wrong for all these years, the point of the movie - and as far as I'm aware, this is the generally accepted one - is to be yourself and not worry about what anybody else thinks. We're all individuals, right? We should be able to act and dress and say whatever we like, because that's what being a human being is all about (unless you're, like, a klansman, and then that doesn't really apply). That's the gist of The Breakfast Club anyway, a movie that brings together a bunch of misfits and has them really understand one another for a while, because this was a movie written and directed by John Hughes in the '80s. But that mantra goes out of the window in the film's final moments, when one of our misfits, basket case and goth Allison (played by Ally Sheedy) starts dressing like somebody she's not: all prim and proper, with a freakin' bow in her hair - are you kidding me? And then (and only then) is it cool for Emilio Estevaz's jocky character to start dating her? Hughes fans might argue that this is the "real" Allison, and the goth look was her acting out, and this is how she "really" looks. But there's something about this that doesn't sit right and kind of plays against the overall message.