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February 12th, 2008
05:29 PM ET

The real "Breakfast Club"

A new movie gives '80s classic "The Breakfast Club" a dose of reality. "American Teen" debuted at Sundance Film Festival last month. What do you think about portrayal of teens in movies and television?

Gerald Smith, CNNSN Producer 

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  1. Lilly

    I think in movies from the past and from right now they protray teens in a bad way. Some are all about teens being rebelious, bad, getting pregnent, getting drunk, smokeing, doing drugs or other bad things. So many people thing teenagers are going to be really hard to handle and that they are all the same BAD! Which is soooo not true. Some teens are really good. Its totally a stereotype about teens. Television now and from movies make us out to be bad when were not. Its not fair. It makes me mad when everyone thinks haveing a teenager will be tough. Theres chemical in our brains that makes us they way we are. Teens are going through a tough time PUBERTY! We are changing! Why cant parents just trust us and their parenting job. I dont think its fair the way people portray us! We are just people were not perfect!

    February 12, 2008 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  2. brittany

    I actually believe the way they portray teens in movies and television is accurate. In these movies and shows, they show teens going through many changes, just like the way life is. sure in some of the movies the teens get pregnant, or do drugs, but it's all apart of the experience of growing up. you learn from your mistakes and realize how they affected your life. it shows us that we are just people and we make mistakes.

    February 14, 2008 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  3. Rachel

    I think in this movie teens are not being shown the way that teens really act. But this movie does show how to become friends with a different group, even if it does mean a Saturday in detention.

    February 17, 2008 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  4. Amy

    I think movies correctly portray teens that have a worldly goal. For others that don't believe in things like doing drugs and getting pregnant, the movies are wrong. It all depends on the teen you look at.
    I dissagree with Brittany. You could be doing drugs and never learn your lesson because you are dead. Or you could become pregnant and never learn your lesson because you kill your baby by abortion. You can't "realize how they affected your life" if your life is gone.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  5. BG

    Nobody wants to see a movie about a normal teenager. you have to make it about crazy ones or else it would just be like your own boring life. people think that teen movies give a bad impression of teens, but they are just telling the stories of someone more interesting than you are.

    February 21, 2008 at 10:53 am | Reply
  6. Ross

    The movie the breakfast club is a GREAT movie. The movies do in some ways portray 'teens' today. The older movies and tv shows even have the same concept of portraying 'teens' and how they act today. Shows today such as "That 70s Show" show how 'teens' acted in the 70s and also how 'teens' act today. The movies do not always show what is correct but most of the time get something about 'teen' life right.

    February 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  7. Michael

    I think that teenagers haven't been expressed the right way. In a bunch of movies, teenagers have been shown as killers, drug users, suicdals, and rude disrespectful punks. That isn't true for alot of teenagers. There are some like that, but those movies give all teenagers bad names and we get in blamed and labeled if something bad happens.

    February 29, 2008 at 10:35 am | Reply
  8. Travis

    the breakfast club is one of the classics. nothing can come close to it. they can try but its not gonna be the same.the breakfast club showed teens in the 80's and this movie is supposed to show teens today?
    times have changed and it will be interesting but it still wont hit the same way the breakfast club did. some think that you have to spice up teen roles in a movie or else its a "boring documentary" but take a look at some teenager lives and it is a movie. in the hectic times we live its like we all star in our own movie. i think that this could be our generations breakfast club. it will be interesting to see.

    February 29, 2008 at 10:38 am | Reply
  9. sara

    BREAKFAST CLUB IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HANDS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  10. musclecar

    Hey are you a professional journalist? This article is very well written, as compared to most other blogs i saw today….
    anyhow thanks for the good read!

    December 5, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Reply

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