This movie had a major impact on me.
I was a child of the 70s and 80s and rebellion was my thang. This movie was a pretty accurate portrayal of teenagers in my opinion. Kids back then distrusted & disliked each other based on stereotypes. I myself was a "valley" at a coastal school, so yeah.
These teens got trapped in detention together, got high together, and bonded. For a day, at least.
They quickly united against the common enemy, authority figure Vernon.
This guy was a douche:
Richard Vernon: Don't mess with the bull, young man. You'll get the horns.
soon they are all rebels.
I had to discuss the small group as a open system for my Group Communications class, with a specific, if fictional, example.
I chose the Breakfast Club.
The input variables the group members brought included John's marijuana and Brian's intellect. Claire's make-up skills, and Allison's crazy.
Allison Reynolds: I stole your wallet.
Their communication (mostly through the magic of getting stoned) and common goals of completing the essay and foiling Vernon united them.
Their output variables included their personal growth of seeing beyond stereotypes, the budding relationship between Allison and Andrew and the kiss between Claire and John.
Vernon: What if your home... what if your family... what if your *dope* was on fire?
Bender: Impossible, sir. It's in Johnson's underwear. (and it really was!)
That level of trust was built in a few hours.