The Breakfast Club

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An iconic movie of the '80s, with all the unappealing baggage that suggests. Five mutually antipathetic teens are called in for Saturday detention at a suburban American high school. Initial bouts of verbal jousting fade, making way for a bonding session fugged in pot smoke, the development of friendship everlasting (or until bell rings for class on Monday morning, whichever is the sooner) and That Simple Minds Song. Which would be fine, were the characters not a punchable quintet of overdrawn saps, the acting (Ringwald and Hall excepted) overplayed and unsympathetic, and the script the wrong side of the line that separates smart from smart-arse. Its continuing cult popularity is mystifying; as teen movies go, this is a long way off, say, Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Pretty in Pink. Hughes: stay behind for detention afterwards. And write me four sides on why this, uh, sucks.

Release details

Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Hughes
Screenwriter: John Hughes
Cast: Anthony Michael Hall
John Kapelos
Molly Ringwald
Paul Gleason
Emilio Estevez
Judd Nelson
Ally Sheedy

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Nate

Thank God for someone who recognizes saccharine garbage when he sees it. I like my share of shitty movies, but this one just tries too hard in all the wrong ways. Too many viewers' minds are lost in a haze of nostalgia.

blighty

it amazes me that anyone would ever, under any circumstances, enjoy this movie. Trite, bland, shittily written, extremely poorly acted. basically a bad tv movie that inexplicably is popular.

David

This reviewer is a tired old windbag uttering what amounts to "Man was not meant to fly." Unlike today's teenage garbage like AMERICAN PIE, this film appeals to a broader audience, touching, as it does, on wider themes of classism, exclusion, and human frailty. And yes, that Simple Minds song is tremendous!

David

This reviewer is a tired old windbag uttering what amounts to "Man was not meant to fly." Unlike today's teenage garbage like AMERICAN PIE, this film appeals to a broader audience, touching, as it does, on wider themes of classism, exclusion, and human frailty. And yes, that Simple Minds song is tremendous!