Plot: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Classic Teen Comedy
Story: The Breakfast Club starts as five high school students Claire (Ringwald) the Princess, Andrew (Estevez) the athlete, John (Nelson) the criminal, Brian (Hall) the brain and Allison (Sheedy) the basket case have to attend detention on a Saturday under the watching gaze of Richard Vernon (Gleason). The five are all from different corners of the school and would never spend time together on a normal day.
The five students learn about each other’s problems as they learn that their own problems might not be the only issues in their worlds. We see them bond over the day sharing all their secrets and become friends for just one day.
The Breakfast Club is a classic that has only just been watched by me in the year 2016, well it only took me 29 years even though the film is set 3 years to the date before I was born. I found this such a brilliant story that perfectly shows how different kids can be at school even when they have to spend time together they feel different but are all searching and dealing with the same issues. This shows just how difficult school years are when you are going through them because your future is thrown at you at this age the most. I can’t find a bad thing to say about this film even at over 30 years old.
Emilio Estevez: Andrew Clark is the athlete who is part of the wrestling team seen to be the future star athlete but this time in detention is to teach him to have a back-up plan. He sees himself a better than the rest of the group while trying to do the right thing. Emilio shows his range through this film much like every one of the kids here.
Paul Gleason: Richard Vernon is the teacher who has to keep the student in line on the Saturday detention. He treats all the students like failures constantly putting them down to try and show his power over them. Paul fills the villain role without being a truly horrible person just how the kids see his character.
Anthony Michael Hall: Brian Johnson is the brains of the students always out to do extra work to get the best grades to impress his parents. He doesn’t like how John treats him but also tries to impress the fellow students. Anthony is great in this role going from quiet geek to part of the gang.
Judd Nelson: John Bender is the criminal who is used to his time in detention because he is your classic bully troublemaker. He starts trying to get to know the students but is a classic case of bad parenting leading him to act out searching for attention. Judd steals the movie being the most interesting out of the 5 as we see just how many moments his character has been through.
Molly Ringwald: Claire is the princess always doing what her parents say and never getting into trouble, well until this time. We see how she acts as if she is better than the rest of the students in detention. Molly is great being the typical girl who thinks her future will be handed to her.
Ally Sheedy: Allison is the basket case or as we would call know the one struggling with mental health issues. Allison is the loner of the school and out of the students she is the last to fully come out of her shell. Ally is also great grabbing our attention without any dialogue for first half of the film.
Support Cast: The Breakfast Club has a supporting cast with most just being the parents dropping the students off, we get to see how they see their children.
Director Review: John Hughes – John gives us yet another classic 80’s comedy that showed how difficult growing up really is.
Comedy: The Breakfast Club has good comedy moments to go hand in hand with the serious moments.
Settings: The Breakfast Club is set within the high school during one day showing how these students have lost their day but gained friendships.
Suggestion: The Breakfast Club is one that I do think everyone should have watched at least once. (Watch)
Best Part: The serious moment where we learn about the characters.
Worst Part: Allison would be treated a lot different if this film was now.
Believability: This could easily be real characters.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Box Office: $38 Million
Budget: $1 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes
Tagline: Five strangers with nothing in common, except each other.
Overall: Don’t you forget about this one.