Review: ‘The Breakfast Club’

In typical Shermer High in Chicago, a cross-section of five students - the jock, Miss Popularity, the ruffian, the nerd and Miss Weirdo - are thrown together under adverse circumstances and cast aside all discord and unite under the sudden insight that none would be such a despicable little twit if mom or dad or both weren't so rotten. The querulous quintet are actually being forced to spend the entire day at school on Saturday for some previous infraction of the rules.

In typical Shermer High in Chicago, a cross-section of five students – the jock, Miss Popularity, the ruffian, the nerd and Miss Weirdo – are thrown together under adverse circumstances and cast aside all discord and unite under the sudden insight that none would be such a despicable little twit if mom or dad or both weren’t so rotten. The querulous quintet are actually being forced to spend the entire day at school on Saturday for some previous infraction of the rules.

Coming together as strangers, none of the group initially likes thuggish loudmouth Judd Nelson, who taunts pretty Molly Ringwald, torments dorkish Anthony Michael Hall and challenges champ athlete Emilio Estevez while the odd lady, Ally Sheedy, looks on from a different space.

When the causes of the Decline of Western Civilization are finally writ, Hollywood will surely have to answer why it turned one of man’s most significant art forms over to the self-gratification of high-schoolers. Or does director John Hughes really believe, as he writes here, that ‘when you grow up, your heart dies.’ It may. But not unless the brain has already started to rot with films like this.

The Breakfast Club

Production

A&M/Universal. Director John Hughes; Producer Ned Tanen, John Hughes; Screenplay John Hughes; Camera Thomas Del Ruth; Editor Dede Allen; Music Keith Forsey; Art Director John W. Corso

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Emilio Estevez Judd Nelson Molly Ringwald Anthony Michael Hall Ally Sheedy Paul Gleason

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  1. Abby Oconnor says:

    Casey, i think that was mean!

  2. Casey says:

    Crazy – u must be a old person because I can totally see this happening in school. It’s a real story that could play out every Saturday in detention. You must be the only person on the planet that didn’t like this coming of age movie. My guess is that you were the Anthony Micheal Hall in real life in high school so this conjured up all those feelings of being a mega dork and only fitting in with your uppity brainiac click. Sorry the nerd click is as bad as the Jock click and the Stoner click – nerd clicks judge people as bad as the Jock click (which are looked at by the 90% of the “others”) as popular only by themselves – everyone else thinks they are DOUCHE BAGS.
    I think this movie was a good eye opener for parents to see what really happens in high schools with a few exaggerations – sorry I just think you are bringing your emotions into play here based on your bad high school days.

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