CPD Classics: The Breakfast Club (1985) Review

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

Directed by John Hughes

Written by John Hughes

Starring:
Emilio Estevez
Anthony Michael Hall
Judd Nelson
Molly Ringwald
Ally Sheedy
Paul Gleason
John Kapelos
John Hughes (uncredited – as Mr Johnson)

Running time: 97 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
The Breakfast Club storyline follows five teenagers, each a member of a different high school clique, who spend a Saturday in detention together and come to realize that they are all more than their respective stereotypes, while facing a villainous principal.

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My Opinion:

I figured I should end this blogathon with my review of my very favorite John Hughes movie: The Breakfast Club. So don’t worry everyone – THIS IS THE FINAL REVIEW OF THE JOHN HUGHES BLOGATHON. (Unless I quickly watch the DVD I just received in the mail). 😉

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As always, I struggle the most when writing about the films that I really love. What is it about The Breakfast Club? Why do so many people of my generation hold this movie so dear? (And some from a whole new generation. Or two. Or three. HOW many generations have there been since I was a teenager?? Man I’m old…). All I know is that we have John Hughes to thank for it. The actors chosen all did a great job and everything but it’s the writing of John Hughes that really spoke to teenagers everywhere. And he’s never been bettered. Why can’t they make teen movies like these anymore?

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For me, I could really relate to The Breakfast Club because it felt EXACTLY like my high school. My high school was also very small, in the Midwest (not far from where the fictional Shermer, Illinois would be), and it was full of cliques. And the thought of a group of teens from these different worlds coming together and finding that they had a lot more in common than they realized was such a lovely thought. Okay – I’m not completely sure how realistic THAT was but it was still great watching the relationships develop between the characters in this movie.

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Most of all, it was seeing that each of these teens had their own problems & fears (even the popular princess & the athlete!). And having five such different characters meant that every teen watching would be able to relate to at least one of them. Me? I was a combination of the basket case, the brain, and a tiny bit of the princess. My boyfriend was the criminal (Totally. He even looked a bit like John Bender). So the one I could relate to the least was the athlete (But this was probably the largest social group in my school. Stupid sports! I sucked at sports. I had no chance of being popular!). Well, I was a cheerleader. Shh – don’t tell anyone that. How freaking embarrassing… Rah rah rah and all that bullshit. Blech!

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Summary:

The Breakfast Club “spoke” to me as a teenager the way it did to countless teens then and even to some of them today. It made me feel like maybe I wasn’t so different after all. We all have the same thoughts and fears and we all just want to belong, whether we admit to it or not. John Hughes knew exactly what was in a teenager’s heart and mind and was able to beautifully capture this in the teen movies that he wrote. This is the most apparent in The Breakfast Club, which is why it’s my favorite John Hughes film and a CPD Classic.

My Rating: 9.5/10

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12 thoughts on “CPD Classics: The Breakfast Club (1985) Review

    • Stop picturing me in the outfit.

      Haha! I can’t believe I got three freaking comments on this review. And two are you & Mike picking out just the cheerleader bit. I should use “cheerleader” as a tag in all my reviews – maybe people will start reading my shit again. ; )

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  2. Whatta classic. A bit dated in spots and pieces, but overall, taken in when it was made and what it was trying to say, it still works as well today, as it did way back when. Good review.

  3. Favorite Hughes film and a CPD Classic? I buy it. One of my favorites, too. I wasn’t an athlete, not in the least, but honestly, he’s the one I always liked the most. Partially because I think Estevez crushes the role. But partially because Andrew Clark is the first character I can remember making me realize just how complicated human beings can be, no matter their public behavior and reputations. He is so very layered, as are all of the characters. But, as a teenager, I already knew Basket Cases, Brains and Criminals were complicated (because I was a little bit of each of them and had friends who were a lot bit of one or the other). And I had dated enough Princesses to know the same about them.

    Jocks, though? Before this movie, I thought they were a-holes.

    • Yay! Glad you love this one too. I got so few comments I wondered if anyone agreed. ; ) Yeah – I always identified with athletes the least. Agree it was great seeing that SOME maybe did have feelings. (But, to be honest, the jocks in my school weren’t deep – they actually were assholes) ; ) The Andrew character is great, though. They all are. I think the film is just as valid today. : )

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