The Breakfast Club (1985)

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Director: John Hughes
Actors: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Paul Gleason, John Kapelos, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Tim Gamble, Ron Dean, Mercedes Hall, Mary Christian, Perry Crawford, Fran Gargano

To the outside world they were simply the Jock, the Brain, the Criminal, the Princess, and the Kook, but to each other they would always be the Breakfast Club. They were five teenage students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At seven a.m., they had nothing to say, but by four p.m., they had bared their souls to each other and became good friends.

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The Breakfast Club
by Jess Lomas,

The Breakfast Club comes from the Godfather of 1980s coming-of age-films, John Hughes; a writer and director who had an unmatched ability to transplant the teenage experience to the screen. Set one Saturday morning in 1984, five high school students arrive to serve weekend detention. There’s the athlete Andy (Emilio Estevez), the basket-case Allison (Ally Sheedy), the princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), the brain Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), and the criminal John Bender (Judd Nelson). At first they seem to have nothing in common, but one day spent together reveals their similarities, hopes, disappointments, and struggles, as well as their fear that they will each return to their own cliques once detention is over. This is one of Hughes’ most popular and well known movies on which he serve...

The Breakfast Club comes from the Godfather of 1980s coming-of age-films, John Hughes; a writer and director who had an unmatched ability to transplant the teenage experience to the screen.

Set one Saturday morning in 1984, five high school students arrive to serve weekend detention. There’s the athlete Andy (Emilio Estevez), the basket-case Allison (Ally Sheedy), the princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), the brain Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), and the criminal John Bender (Judd Nelson). At first they seem to have nothing in common, but one day spent together reveals their similarities, hopes, disappointments, and struggles, as well as their fear that they will each return to their own cliques once detention is over.

This is one of Hughes’ most popular and well known movies on which he served as both writer and director. As usual he provides a spectrum of high school life, allowing the audience to identify with the have and the have nots, the outcasts, the kids with expectations placed upon them by parents, and the kids whose parents are surprisingly absent. Above all, the message delivered by the end of The Breakfast Club  is that we should refuse to be pigeonholed by the titles given to us by others, in this case by the school principal played by Paul “You mess with the bull you get the horns” Gleason.

Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall return to working with Hughes after Sixteen Candles from the previous year, with Hall rehashing his signature role of the loveable nerd. With such a limited setting, mostly taking place in the school library, the focus is really on the performances, of which none disappoint. Interestingly, there were several cast members who were replaced before shooting, with Rick Moranis reported as the original janitor and John Cusack originally cast as John Bender.

Just as memorable as Hughes’ characters and their day of detention was the soundtrack of quintessential eighties hits culminating in Simple Minds’ Don’t You (Forget About Me). The Breakfast Club serves as a time capsule to the era but its representations of teenage life and struggles still resonate.

3.5/5

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Member Reviews (32)

Bron
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I was 20 when this movie was made and have never seen it but had heard a lot about it, but with no real preconceived expectations. I was pleasantly surprised, I actually quite liked the movie but it took a while for me to warm to the characters, as they are quite quirky and odd, some a little OTT. The only jarring note in the movie is the Principal's character, he is ridiculously pompous and I didn't like him at all. I also wondered why the students were being kept in all day on a Saturday and why the Principal would give up half his weekend to 'supervise' delinquent students. I was intrigued by the 5 teen characters - all very different and individual - and the insightful and often spiteful conversation between them. Judd Nelson's character fascinated yet repelled at the same time, he was mesmerising. Emilio Estevez's performance was very strong, he is such a good actor, and I also thought Sheedy, Ringwald & Hall were also very good. I wouldn't recommend this for young teens as the language is quite strong and with strong sexual references.
Posted Saturday, 17 May 2014 See my other reviews
a wonderful coming of age film. each stereotype is depeicted from the 80's and makes you really appreciate and wonder where you would fit in. Im with the princess... who are you with??
Posted Monday, 30 December 2013 See my other reviews
Autumn Sadie
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I was recommended to see this film when I was 16, but i didn't... and seeing it now, i think i can appreciate it more. A cult classic (apparently), but actually I think it was just a really cool film. Breaking down stereotypes, with a great soundtrack.... and brilliant acting. 4 stars.
Posted Monday, 17 December 2012 See my other reviews
Amelia of the North Shore
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Watched it for the first time in over 15 years....and gee, the film was OK...but I think with the benefit of hindsight has been vastly overrated. A bunch of stereotypes who in the end find some common ground. Big deal. If you want a true 80s Chicago cult classic stick with Ferris Bueller.
Posted Tuesday, 16 October 2012 See my other reviews
A.S
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I first watched this movie when I was twelve years old and it has been my favourite movie ever since. I can recite every line and yet I still enjoy immensely every time(and I watch it at least twice a year)!!! The Breakfast Club has made me laugh, made me cry and overall leaves me with a smile on my face every time I watch it. The clothes may have dated and the soundtrack is classic 80's, but the themes are still very relevant. The outstanding script (John Hughes) and brilliant acting have made this film a cult classic that is a must see for all ages.
Posted Wednesday, 7 March 2012 See my other reviews
Emily
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I wanted to like it because it seems like a cult classic. But.. I just didn't - it just felt like it didn't go anywhere.
Posted Friday, 6 January 2012 See my other reviews
Greg
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Waste of time - did not finish
Posted Monday, 29 August 2011 See my other reviews
alistair c
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Definitely one of the best movies. Great characters and wonderful stories. OK maybe slightly corny in parts but massively overshadowed by some wonderfully acted honesty and sincerity. Lot of the film is as relevant today as when it was made 26 years ago.
Posted Tuesday, 19 July 2011 See my other reviews
K McIntosh
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One of the 80s greats, like the mix of characters. Thumbs up!
Posted Wednesday, 22 June 2011 See my other reviews
bev jones
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Hadn't seen this movie in year, really enjoyed the fashions!
Posted Wednesday, 13 April 2011 See my other reviews
royz
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A classic!!
Posted Thursday, 7 April 2011 See my other reviews
S Hay
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Thoroughly enjoyed. Good cast
Posted Thursday, 31 March 2011 See my other reviews
Lauren
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Great film.
Posted Tuesday, 1 February 2011 See my other reviews
Evan
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Its such a cult film, you've got to watch it. quotes Andrew: My God, are we gonna be like our parents? Claire: [teary] Not me...ever Allison: It's unavoidable, it just happens. Claire: What happens? Allison: When you grow up, your heart dies. classic
Posted Saturday, 27 November 2010 See my other reviews
Anita L.
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One of my favourite movies. A story about 5 school kids, Saturday detention and mischief.
Posted Thursday, 2 September 2010 See my other reviews
Amanda
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An awesomely classic John Hughes film that features drama, angst, comedy and a fair share of corny moments! Beautifully 80's.
Posted Thursday, 17 June 2010 See my other reviews
macca101
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It is a good movie however the characters could have been flashed out a lot more, some of the friendships seemed to just happen with little explanation and the ending really stunk.
Posted Wednesday, 26 March 2008 See my other reviews
Anne M.
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Posted Wednesday, 12 March 2008 See my other reviews
Cathie
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As a teenager of the 80's I kind of liked it lots of teenage angst. Good acting from all the cast.
Posted Thursday, 27 December 2007 See my other reviews
ka-tet
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Good nostalgic trip. Saturday detention, glad my school never thought of that. The audacity of Disturbia claiming they tried to capture the teen angst of John Hughes, no one captured teenage 80's WASPs better.
Posted Sunday, 23 December 2007 See my other reviews
Barbara S.
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Posted Thursday, 20 September 2007 See my other reviews
Shiralee C.
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Great pre-teen movie.
Posted Wednesday, 12 September 2007 See my other reviews
Barbara C.
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Great acting - interesting interaction of characters.
Posted Thursday, 30 August 2007 See my other reviews
Karen G.
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Posted Monday, 20 August 2007 See my other reviews
Scott R.
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Posted Thursday, 7 June 2007 See my other reviews
Maria A.
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Full of fun and shows that people from all walks of life can get along just need to find common ground.
Posted Tuesday, 13 March 2007 See my other reviews
Sarah A.
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Awesome movie, a must see!
Posted Saturday, 10 March 2007 See my other reviews
Andrew B.
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Posted Tuesday, 24 October 2006 See my other reviews
Alex P.
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Watched it 100 times, one of the most brilliant teenage flicks - still love it at 31!
Posted Tuesday, 27 June 2006 See my other reviews
Trasy F.
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Posted Friday, 17 March 2006 See my other reviews
Lucas T.
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John Huges and co in their finest hour. The movie that made a generation of outsiders feel included. Maybe overdoing the praise a little but who could forget hearing the school jock/nerd/loner pour their hearts out and feeling exactly the same. Good 80's soundtrack and my girl molly worth the rental alone.
Posted Wednesday, 16 November 2005 See my other reviews
Lynn O.
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Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2005 See my other reviews
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