Friday, August 8, 2014

Case Study No. 1496: Staff of Shermer High School Library

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SYNOPSIS: Released in 1985, The Breakfast Club is the story of five teenagers (each representing a different clique) at the fictional Shermer (Illinois) High School, who must spend a Saturday in detention together at the school library, where they come to realize that they are all deeper than their respective stereotypes.

TRIVIA: The library in which this movie takes place was actually constructed in the gymnasium of Maine North High School (Illinois) specifically for the film.




Hughes, John (Director). The Breakfast Club. United States: Universal Pictures, 1985.

Starring: Judd Nelson (John Bender); Emilio Estavez (Andy Clark); Molly Ringwald (Claire Standish)

Five students earn Saturday detention, where they are sequestered in the high school library and their principle snarls, "You will not talk. You will not move from these seats." This film, structured like a play, follows eight hours of sharing and revelations, with occasional bursts of frustration, humor, bafflement and anger. When chided for ripping out pages from a book, the bored Bender states in a flat, sarcastic voice, "It's wrong to destroy literature. It's such fun to read. And ... (looking at book) ... Mole-yah really pumps my nads." "Moliere," Claire corrects him. The library is wide open, light and modern, constructed for the film in a former suburban Chicago high school. At one point the kids smoke pot in the library, after which Andy dances around -- not as innocent as The Music Man but just as energetic. Later they all get into it. Internet Movie Database notes that one of the proposed titles was "Library Revolution." Parents of teenagers might benefit from seeing this film, if only to jog memories of those difficult teenage years.



(The students hear Principal Vernon moving around out in the hall so Bender quickly comes and sits in the chair between Claire and Andrew. He folds his hands on the table. Vernon goes back into his office. Bender laughs and gets up. He starts walking towards the double doors that separate the library from the hallway.)
Brian: You know there's not supposed to be any monkey business!
Bender: (turns and points at Brian)(in a stern voice) Young man, have you finished your paper?
(Bender continues walking over to the door. He looks around cautiously and removes a screw from the door.)
Claire: What are you gonna do?
Andrew: Drop dead, I hope!
(Brian watches Bender mess with the Library door.)
Brian: Bender, that's, that's school property know, it doesn't belong to us. It's something not to be toyed with.
(The door slams shut. Bender runs back to his seat.)
Andrew: That's very funny, come on, fix it!
Brian: You should really fix that!
Bender: Am I a genius?
Andrew: No, you're an asshole!
Bender: What a funny guy!
Andrew: Fix the door Bender!
Bender: Everyone just shhh!

(We see Vernon walking back to his office. He can hear them talking through the door.)
Bender: (os) I've been here before, I know what I'm doing!
Andrew: (os) No! Fix the door, get up there and fix it!
Bender: (os) (yells) Shut up!

(Brian is watching the Library door with wide eyes.)
Vernon: (os) God dammit!
(He opens the door and storms in.)
Vernon: Why is that door closed?
(No one says anything. They just stare at Vernon.)
Vernon: Why is that door closed?
Bender: How're we supposed to know? We're not supposed to move, right?
Vernon: (to Claire) Why?
Claire: We were just sitting here, like we were supposed to.
(Vernon looks around and looks at Bender.)
Vernon: Who closed that door?
Bender: I think a screw fell out of it.
Andrew: It just closed, sir.
Vernon: (to Allison) Who?
(Allison lets out a squeak and slams her face onto the table, hiding in her jacket hood.)
Bender: She doesn't talk, sir.
Vernon: (to Bender) Give me that screw.
Bender: I don't have it.
Vernon: You want me to yank you outta that seat and shake it out of you?
Bender: I don't have it...screws fall out all of the time, the world's an imperfect place.
Vernon: Give it to me, Bender.
Claire: Excuse me, sir, why would anybody want to steal a screw?
Vernon: (to Claire) Watch it, young lady.
(Vernon goes over to the door and tries to hold it open by putting a folding chair in front of it.)
Bender: The door's way too heavy, sir.
(The door slams shut despite the chair.)
Vernon: (os) God dammit!
(They all laugh quietly at this. Vernon opens the door and comes back in.)
Vernon: (pointing) Andrew Clark...get up here. Come on, front and center, let's go.
(Andrew gets up and walks over to Vernon.)
Bender: Hey, how come Andrew gets to get up? If he gets up, we'll all get up, it'll be anarchy!
(Vernon and Andrew attempt to hold the door open by placing a large magazine rack in front of it.)
Vernon: Okay, now, watch the magazines!
Bender: It's out of my hands.
(They get the rack into position but it blocks the entire door.)
Bender: That's very clever sir, but what if there's a fire? I think violating fire codes and endangering the lives of children would be unwise at this juncture in your career, sir.
Vernon: (thinks about that)(to Andrew) All right, what are you doing with this? Get this outta here for God's sake! What's the matter with you? Come on!
Brian: You know the school comes equipped with fire exits at either end of the library.
(Brian points at them and Bender glares at him.)
Bender: (to Brian) Show Dick some respect!
(Vernon and Andrew walk back to the main part of the Library where everyone else is still seated.)
Vernon: (to Andrew) Let's go...go! Get back into your seat.
(Andrew sits.)
Vernon: (to Andrew) I expected a little more from a varsity letterman!
(Very subversively Andrew give Vernon the finger. Vernon doesn't catch it and keeps on talking.)
Vernon: (to Bender)You're not fooling anybody, Bender! The next screw that falls out is gonna be you!
(Vernon turns to leave.)
Bender: (under his breath) Eat my shorts.
(Vernon spins in his tracks and faces Bender again.)
Vernon: What was that?
Bender: (loudly) Eat my shorts!
Vernon: You just bought yourself another Saturday, mister!
Bender: Oh, I'm crushed.
Vernon: You just bought one more right there!
Bender: Well, I'm free the Saturday after that...beyond that, I'm gonna have to check my calendar!
Vernon: Good! 'Cause it's gonna be filled, we'll keep goin'! You want another one? Say the word, just say the word! Instead of going to prison, you'll come here! Are you through?
Bender: No!
Vernon: I'm doing society a favor!
Bender: So?
Vernon: That's another one, right now! I've got you for the rest of your natural born life if you don't watch your step! You want another one?
Bender: Yes!
Vernon: You got it! You got another one, right there! That's another one pal!
Claire: (to Bender) Cut it out! (She mouths the word "Stop".)
Vernon: You through?
Bender: Not even close, bud!
Vernon: Good! You got one more, right there!
Bender: Do you really think I give a shit?
Vernon: Another. (Bender glares at him.) You through?
Bender: How many is that?
Brian: That's seven including the one when we first came in and you asked Mr. Vernon here whether Barry Manilow knew that he raided his closet.
Vernon: (to Bender) Now it's eight...(to Brian) You stay out of it!
Brian: Excuse me, sir, it's seven.
Vernon: Shut up, Peewee! (to Bender) You're mine Bender...for two months I gotcha! I gotcha!
Bender: What can I say? I'm thrilled!
Vernon: Oh, I'm sure that's exactly what you want these people to believe. You know something, Bender? You ought to spend a little more time trying to do something with yourself and a little less time trying to impress people. You might be better off. (to everyone) Alright, that's it! I'm going to be right outside those doors. The next time I have to come in here...I'm cracking skulls! (Bender mouths "I'm cracking skulls".)
(Vernon leaves and closes the door. The music builds to a climax as Bender screams.)
Bender: (screams) Fuck you!


(The clock now reads 10:22.)
(Andrew is standing up stretching. Brian is standing by the front desk. Claire and Allison are still seated. Bender is sitting on the front desk tearing pages out of a book. He's just tossing them around.)
Andrew: That's real intelligent.
Bender: You're right. It's wrong to destroy literature...(he continues to tear pages out.) It's such fun to read...and, Molet really pumps my nads!
Claire: (pronouncing it correctly) Mol-yare.
Brian: I love his work.
(Bender tosses the rest of the pages at Brian. He picks up the card catalogue drawer and begins to mix up the cards so that they are out of order. )
Bender: Big deal...nothing to do when you're locked in a vacancy.
Andrew: Speak for yourself.

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