This is a little hard to explain, in that what we have here feels to be a film which very little takes place, while so much happens. This is a great look at how we find five teenagers stuck in each other company while in detention on a Saturday. Although the cliques of the five may be obvious, they are done in such a way, that we can’t help but get involved in their lives, feel for them and the baggage they bring.
The five being the smart guy, the athlete, the princess, the outsider & the criminal, who all over the course of the film, we see the five trying to figure each other out, what makes each other tick, while also finding what it is to be themselves, who they really are and discovering more than they ever realised previous to meeting the others.
Which may seem a little over thinking it, but then we can see ourselves in the characters, if you are watching it as a teen, you may find somebody you recognise, if you have grown up with the film, you may remember what it was like to be the age of these characters and how we’ve changed over time. Maybe that we are not just one of these characters, but we have a little bit of a mixture of some or all of what we have here, the realisation that nothing is as simple as it may seem and we’re not all that we’re cracked up to be.
The two members of staff are also worthy of our time, Richard Vernon (Paul Gleason) has let the world grind him down to the point where he finds himself at odd with the students, disillusioned with what he sees in the younger generation. While Carl (John Kapelos) still has an upbeat look on life as he goes about his day job. We find there is more to what we assume his job has to offer. A man who has more substance than some would like to acknowledge.
John Hughes created a film which left us thinking that teens have more to offer than those over twenty one may consider, that we may forget what it was to be, before we lost something of ourselves to the world as we grew older.
This also has a great 1980s soundtrack which features one of the greatest tunes to come out of that decade.