Analyzing Cinematic Satire Elements

Stereotypes in Film and Television

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John Hughes was a master at using stereotypes to connect with young viewers, while simultaneously calling them to question such stereotypes and reconsider how they see themselves and others.

For example, in The Breakfast Club , a group of students in Saturday detention unites and leaves a letter to the assistant principal, asserting that he, like most adults, views students as he wishes to in the most convenient and trite terms, “You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.” The students, who themselves once reduced each other to stereotypes, leave detention viewing each other as individuals.

  • Consider the role that stereotypes play in satire.
  • Consider your experiences with stereotypes in film and television.
  • Conduct an online search to further acquaint yourself with a film or television show that uses high school stereotypes to make a point.