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Claire Standish is the most beloved girl at Shermer High School; the popular, wealthy, and supercilious queen bee. She is in detention for ditching class to go shopping.

The Princess[]

John Bender and Allison Reynolds tease Claire by asking her if she is a virgin and that Bender bets that she has never kissed a boy on the mouth or been felt up 'over the bra, under the blouse, over the panties, shirt unbuttoned, no bra, Calvin's in a ball on the front seat...' Claire is evidently affected after this exchange. Later he also mocks her 'sushi' lunch and when she asks where his lunch is, he says that she is wearing it. Later when John reveals his cigar burn as proof of his father's abuse, Claire looked sympathetic and nodded her head in disgust, later telling Andrew that he shouldn't have doubted John. Claire, along with the rest of the group covered for Bender when he stole the screw, asking Vernon why anybody would want to steal a screw and also when Vernon stormed in asking what the ruckus was, while John Bender hid under Claire's desk and wedged his head between Claire's legs. This leads Claire to call him an asshole. However, she and Brian join Bender later and smoke pot & Claire giggles and makes eyes at John when she gets high.

Later, when the group is sitting together, Claire is forced into admitting that she is in fact a virgin (because she wants to be with someone who would love and respect her). Later when the group is discussing what each one of them can do, Claire demonstrates that she can apply lipstick by placing the stick between her breasts. Though John swore that he wouldn't laugh, he slow claps and sarcastically says that his image of Claire is totally blown to which Claire replies that she has just as many feelings as he does and it hurts just as much when someone steps all over them. John responds by saying that she is pathetic to have compared him to herself since she has everything and he has 'got shit'.

John comments that he likes her earrings and bets that they are real diamonds and were given to her as a Christmas gift. He got a carton of cigarettes from his abusive father for Christmas, and he grabbed him and yelled: "Hey, smoke up, Johnny!" and that Claire should cry to her father at home instead of to John. After this exchange Claire says that she is never going to be like her parents. She also says that come Monday, things would go back to the way they were and that she wouldn't want to be friends with any of them.

After that Bender irately and loudly calls her a bitch [seemingly in defense of Allison] and she asks: "Why? ‘Cause I am telling the truth? That makes me a bitch?" To this Bender says that 'you know how shitty that is to do to someone', and that Claire doesn’t have the courage to stand up to her friends and tell them that she will pick her own friends. Claire says that he is a hypocrite and that he himself wouldn't like to be seen with Claire in front of his friends to which John yells that it is never going to happen and that Claire doesn't know any of his friends and that she should stick to the things she knows 'shopping, nail polish, her father's BMW and her drunk mother in the Caribbean'. He also says that she should bury her head in the sand and wait for her prom. This drives Claire to tears and she declares that she hates him.

Brian also calls her conceited and Claire explains that she doesn't like having to go along with everything her friends say and that she is constantly under a lot of pressure from her popular friends and family. As the detention comes to an end, she says to Brian that she and the others trust him and that he should write the paper on all of their behalf. She also gives Alison a beauty makeover and when Alison asks her why she is being so nice to her, Claire responds: "Cuz you are letting me." She later visits Bender in the closet and kisses his neck and asks if he was really disgusted with her lipstick trick to which he says no. She walks out of the school and gives John one of her diamond earrings showing him that she can meet him halfway. After they share a kiss, Bender asks why Claire did it (which makes sense, owing how Bender abused Claire to kingdom come), and Claire responds that she knew he would not. However, the real reason might be:

  • Bender drastically changed, and atoned for his abuse towards Claire, maybe including an off-screen apology to her, or apologizing through his actions.
  • Now that Bender has opened himself up, Claire, along with the rest of the group, knows that Bender is not the Craig Tucker-like punk that he presents himself to be--he is just a scared kid from a hostile household, who just needs to find love from somewhere -- so Claire took care of giving Bender that love.
  • Claire was secretly into Bender, which became clear, through her periodically defending him.

Claire gets in the car and is driven away, as Bender watches and puts the diamond earring on his ear.

Physical Appearance[]

Claire is an attractive teenage girl with a slim figure and medium height. She has pale but rosy skin, full cherry red lips, small nose, chocolate brown eyes, and beautiful wavy fiery red hair in a wavy bob. Claire is tall at approx. 5'8" (with boots/heels).

For detention, Claire wears head-to-toe Ralph Lauren in a brown pencil skirt with brown equestrian style boots. Her top is a baby pink v-neck tee with the sleeves rolled. She also wears a white lace neckerchief but this isn’t seen very much throughout the movie. She wears diamond earrings (that are referenced several times in the movie), a thick brown leather belt, a watch with a brown leather band and a brown leather jacket which is only worn at the beginning and end of the movie.

Character Analysis[]

Claire is labeled as the "princess" of the group. She is beautiful, rich, and possibly the most popular girl at school which makes people assume that her life is perfect. You could say that she is the Regina George of Shermer High. When Andrew questioned if they were going to be like their parents, Claire immediately said "not me", indicating that she doesn't wish to follow in her parents' footsteps. Throughout the movie, Claire struggles to find the reason behind her unhappiness. She realizes that she is trying to be someone she’s not so that she will be well-liked and considered “popular”. She also mentions that her parents are constantly fighting and use her as a way to get back at each other. She would rather live with her brother and wishes that she was on a plane to France. Claire discovers that she is not alone and that everyone tends to mask their real thoughts and feelings to become what people expect them to be, such as a geek, a loner, a badass, or an athlete. Throughout detention, she learns to accept herself and others for who they are.

Claire is deeply affected by her parent's constant fighting. She feels that her parents don't love her. Since she doesn't get the love and sense of belonging with her family, she likely looks for it with her friend group at school. In doing so, she changes herself to conform.

It may be noted that unlike Andrew and Brian, Claire never doubted John when he told the group about his abusive parents, possibly because Claire herself has first hand experience of what it's like to be not taken seriously in the same regard. Since Claire is seen as a princess, the group constantly assumes that she is bitchy, shallow, and materialistic. This is evident when Brian and Bender look surprised that she would think it is okay for a guy to be a virgin. Bender also teases her saying that 'you're gonna get married and squeeze out a few puppies...'. This possibly indicates his assumption that Claire's aim in life is to get married to a rich guy and settle into a mundane life, to her parents’ approval. Bender also projects his anger towards the popular crowd onto Claire, since she represents the things he hates about the 'riches'.

Claire is, in reality, quite soft at heart and emotionally vulnerable. She is easily manipulated by Allison into admitting that she’s a virgin. She also explains how she often follows her friends, even against her own will. Despite negative assumptions about Claire, Claire’s loyalty to the group is evident. For instance, she sticks up for Bender against Vernon. She is neither “bitchy” nor materialistic. She helps Allison break out of her shell, and gives Bender one of her diamond earrings: a symbol that even she doesn't have everything and that he now has a piece of her, contrary to what he said earlier: "You got everything and I got shit!"