Bueller may have had a blast on his day off, but being a teen is often harder than being an adult, and no movie captures the frustrating reality behind adolescence better than "The Breakfast Club."
Set during a single day of Saturday detention, five students from different social cliques get to know one another and discover they're not so different after all. We learn about the struggles each kid deals with on a daily basis, from being too popular to living with an abusive father. While some issues are much more dramatic and disturbing than others, all the teens feel constricted and confined by their social status, peers' and parents' expectations, and, ultimately, their age.
Being a teenager can be fun, but it isn't easy, and "The Breakfast Club" helps us remember that.