It's probably a movie most everyone has seen at least once, and it has a sort of endearing timeless quality about it.
Most people can identify with it because we've all gone to high school ourselves - unless you're only a 12-year-old reading this... Anyway, what I was saying is: It has something in it that almost all of us can relate to.
We've all gone through those high school years where you struggle to fit in and identify with a certain group or crowd.
Some people were the shy and awkward nerds that always got great grades on everything, but were the most socially outcast of the groups at school. Oddly enough, they seem to run the world now... Don't you, Bill Gates? Anthony Michael Hall's character (Brian) gets himself in detention by keeping a gun in his locker. It was later learned in the movie that he was going to commit suicide because he had received a failing grade in "Shop" and an "F" was unacceptable to his parents. This was 1985 in the story, but it might as well have been modern day America. Teen suicides are just as relevant now, just like bullying.
Then of course there were the Jocks. The top of the food chain in any high school and they didn't forget to let other students know that.
Jocks are the ones that seemingly peak at 18 and then you never hear from them again. They usually wind up working for some rich nerd, ironically. Emilio's character (Andrew) is on the wrestling team and was given detention for hazing another student in the locker room. He's more upset that this detention will affect his scholarship potential than anything else.
Then, of course, there are the princesses. Those beautiful stuck-up girls who seemingly have everything (courtesy of daddy) and they are about as shallow as an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. They only hang around with other pretty and snobby girls (at the princess table in the cafeteria,) where they talk badly about other girls who they consider tramps or sluts.
Molly's character (Claire) is in detention because she skipped class... to go shopping, of course!
Then there are the loners, those people who don't seem to fit into any group or perhaps don't want to associate with any particular group. They may indeed suffer from social anxiety (something that wasn't really known about in the '80s) and are usually written off as quiet or weird.
The Basket Case
Ally's character (Allison) is the most mysterious member of this group. When she opens up, later on, you learn that she hasn't done anything to warrant being in detention and is just there because she has nothing else to do. She has a darkness to her at first that makes her (sort of) gothic, but she really is just lonely and is reaching out for friends, but everyone just thinks that she is a nut-job.
Last but not least on this list are the metal heads - a group that I belonged to in my years of high school (1980-1984). Usually decked out in the latest 3/4 sleeve concert t-shirt, tight jeans and a leather riding jacket. This group is probably looked down on the most by the other groups. Just about everyone in this group was a musician of some sort, which is why they hung out together and usually played in bands together. Other names for this group were "Heads" as in potheads, or head-bangers.
The Metal Head/Criminal
Judd's character (John Bender) is the lynch pin of this group. His antics are what get the other members of the group to open up. It's learned that he winds up in detention because he constantly mouths off to the teachers - and even earns 12 more Saturdays of detention from Mr. Vernon, masterfully played by Paul Gleason.
After several hours of a sort of group therapy, the students learn that they have a lot more in common than they thought and even become friends - or in the cases of Bender and Claire and then Andy and Allison, more than friends.
If you haven't seen this movie yet or if it's been 30 years since you've last seen it, get yourself a copy of this movie as soon as possible and let the nostalgia roll. The 30th anniversary edition is out March 10th with all sorts of outtakes and movie trivia to boot.