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Breakfast Club

A movie directed by John Hughes

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Across the Generations: 70's, 80's, 90's

  • Jul 9, 2008
Pros: Great cast, script, directing

Cons: explicit drug use (marijuana)

The Bottom Line: This movie is a great example of ensemble casting. This movie is about the story. It relies on the ability of the cast members to produce a stunning show.

This movie is a GREAT movie for teens today. I teach high school and I show this to all my classes every year and have them write a paragraph on who changes the most.

I went to high school in the 70's and there were similar "groups." There were the kickers, the jocks, the heads, the brains, the drama weirdos...

I personally fit into several of those categories at different times. Many of us do. Although The Breakfast Club takes place in the 80's so many of the issues still confront teens today. The kids all want so much to be liked and all seem to do things they don't want to because of what their friends think. There are kids like Bender who are abused at home and have reputations for being "bad." There were in the 70's too. I have sad memories of one such "bad" kid who was in reality so sweet and was being terribly sexually and physically abused at home. The "Basket Case" has been my student for three years now. The parallels are amazing. She also cleans up beautifully--could be a model.

My students always comment on how cute the actors were in the 80's, how young Emilio and Molly look. They also comment that they know people like that and how much the movie seems like a real high school situation.

I'm touched by the poignancy of the interpersonal situations. It's so hard for the different groups of students to understand each other and the brilliant crux of this movie is that such different students gain understanding and appreciation of each other.

As a film, I really appreciate a work that spends its budget on the talent and not on special effects. This is such a marvelous ensemble piece. One like this is rarely equaled (in MY humble opinion).

Don't you forget about me.... Fear Not, I carry The Breakfast Club with me always.


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review by . December 19, 2010
This movie was a lot better than I thought it would be. I know it was made by John Hughes, mastermind behind Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller's day off, but this seemed just like a normal cliched teen movie. However, this was pretty good, taking the title of John Hughes' second best film and one of the best teen movies ever made. What I like about John Hughes is that he shows that films don't need mindless action sequences or half-naked women to be good. All of his films were pretty …
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
I don't care if this is an obvious favorite movie. It's an obvious favorite movie because, well, it rocks. Emilio Estevez is my fav character. He's the most authentic and the nicest. I like nice.
review by . April 29, 2000
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This movie very accurately describes the trials and tribulations of five very different teenagers. Each of the five teens has critical issues that effect him or her and its is very interesting how each individual brings can bring out reactions from the rest of the group. Its almost like a teen therapy session and in the end, each person seems to learn from one another. Judd Nelson gives a real killer performance as a troubled teen trying to find happiness in a world that does nothing but dump on …
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When five high school students from different social groups are forced to spend a Saturday together in detention, they find themselves interacting with and understanding each other for the first time. A jock (Emilio Estevez), a criminal (Judd Nelson), a princess (Molly Ringwald), a basket case (Ally Sheedy), and a brain (Anthony Michael Hall) talk about everything from parental tension to sex to peer pressure to hurtful stereotypes while serving time. Ultimately, the five find that they may have more in common than they ever imagined and learn more about themselves as well as each other. The only question is, Will they remember what they've learned after they leave detention? Director and writer John Hughes, along with the stellar Brat Pack, cast makes this a memorable, moving film filled with believable dialogue, intelligent humor, and a sufficient dose of high school hijinx. Its timeless appeal makes this film a teen classic along with Hughes's other teen films from the 1980s: SIXTEEN CANDLES and FERRI...
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Director: John Hughes
Release Date: 1984
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: John Hughes
DVD Release Date: Universal Studios Home Video (September 02, 2003)
Runtime: 1hr 32min
Studio: Universal Pictures
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