• Craig Hunter

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Updated: Jun 17, 2018

A princess, a jock, a nerd, a rebel, and a freak, spend a Saturday in detention together.

In nine short hours, they come to realise that they are not so different, and that there is a little bit of each of them, in each of them. With two epic musical montages along the way, this film is a must have for any "serious" 80's film collection.

This is the quintessential 80's highschool melodrama...chalked full of cringe-worthy emotional outbursts followed up by sobering tear-eyed confessions of self-absorption. The characters, in the beginning, are walking stereotypes, but through the course of the film, their frailties and insecurities reveal that they are more alike than different.

This movie could never be made these days because the characters would be scrolling social media feeds on their phones the entire time and there would be no opportunity for introspection.

The delineated stereotypes of the 80's no longer exist. In thirty years, these stereotypes have all been mashed together like an Ally Sheedy Captain Crunch sugar sandwich.

Great performances abound...Paul Gleason, as Richard Vernon, is bumbling hard-ass authority figure to perfection. Emilio Estevez and Judd Nelson are incredi-corny in their portrayals of a jock and a rebel.

See it for the montages alone...

Montage #1: Running through the halls to get back to the library undetected, feet slipping like Scooby Doo running from a glow-in-the-dark headless horseman.

Montage #2: The customary dancing montage. Molly Ringwald steals the scene with, what is apparently called "the clone" or "cloning".

John Hughes made some serious 80's films but this has to be the most iconic 80's film that he made...9 out of 10.

Go buy this film immediately if you consider yourself to be a serious collector of 80's films.

Follow the link for The Breakfast Club buying options at Amazon.

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