Claire Whittington
Paul Helford
Honors 291
Spring 2022

Weekly Film Analysis #5

The Breakfast Club (1955)

I really enjoyed The Breakfast Club. This movie has comedic timing down to a tee. This is the first film that has been assigned in this class that I feel is really representative of teenagers. Their struggles feel very real, and I especially identify with Claire in her struggles to come off as perfect and put together. It helps that we share the same name, I suppose! That said, I am disappointed that she gets together with Bender in the end. Judd Nelson’s character is a perverted bully who relentlessly harasses Claire. There is no way that she would have fallen in love with such a disrespectful dude in the real world.

American Graffiti (1959)

I have to say that American Graffiti bored me. I understand that this is a coming of age movie, but I have a hard time relating to the characters. This movie is about 1960’s teenagers, and I am a 2015 teenager. I couldn’t relate to any of the female characters because they serve as little more than sex objects for the guys to fight over. They have no agency in the grand scheme of the movie. However, putting aside my critiques of the female characters, I absolutely love the score for this movie. Lucas really hits the mark for groovy and quirky 1960’s songs.

Real Women Have Curves (2002)

This is a great film. I find the female perspective represented here very genuine and refreshing. Ana’s character is true to the teenage experience, and she is allowed to have complex emotions that many films do not afford their female characters. She has agency over the story, as do her other female relatives. She is far from perfect – I love the portrayal of Ana’s insecurities about her weight. I would highly recommend this movie to anybody curious about a film made by women for women.


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