The Breakfast Club (1985)
One saturday morning a group of 5 students (Emilio Estivez, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, and Judd Nelson) are forced to attend 9 hours of detention due to bad behavior in the school library. Mr. Vernon (Paul Gleeson) is the hard-ass principal who will be watching them and wants them to write an essay about “who they are.” Each of the students are from different backgrounds and social groups, yet find themselves interacting and openly discussing their thoughts and ideas with one another. As each of the kids becomes vulnerable and exposes parts of who they are that they never have before, they grow together as a group and begin to see the world just a little differently.
The premise of The Breakfast Club is simple but the meaning and the subject matter dives deep into the minds of teens, no matter what social class they belong to. During the 1980s, teen comedies were all over the place, but this one has survived in the forefront of people’s minds longer than most due to the ability to relate with one or more of the main characters. It also helps that the queen of teen comedies Molly Ringwald, the lovable loser Anthony Michael Hall, and budding star Emilo Estivez are here to showcase their charm and talents along with newcomer Judd Nelson and veteran Paul Gleason. The Breakfast Club is equally both a drama and a comedy and blends both elements perfectly to make one of the more memorable movies from a decade that mass produced this kind of feeling. Warm and heart-felt, The Breakfast Club will not disappoint and you may learn a thing or two, like how to put on make-up with your cleavage!
9/10 Stars – Wonderfully made and acted, sends a great message whether you’re young or old.
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