The Breakfast Club 1985

Writer-director John Hughes defined the 1980s and set the standard for teen comedy/drama with this intelligently written tale of five disparate high school kids spending Saturday afternoon in detention.
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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. The social classes of high school are dissected and subverted as they discover they have more in common than they'd ever imagined.

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  • Play It Again – The Breakfast Club

    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...

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  • Not watched it in years and then watched it with our teenage son. A great coming of age movie that has a great message about being more accepting of the differences we see in others. An absolute classic!

    Ian
  • Love it! Such a great movie - hasn't dated in all the decades I've watched it. Should be seen by every child of the 80's!

  • oldie but goodie

  • 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.

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