The Breakfast Club
They were five students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say, but by 4 p.m. they had bared their souls to each other.
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Socially relevant '80s teen flick.
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Fresh: John Hughes's 1985 film seems meant to explain 80s youngsters to yesterday's youth, and comes to the comforting conclusion that they're just as alienated, idealistic, and vulnerable as the baby boomers of the 1960s.
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Fresh: In The Breakfast Club, Hughes has created a surprisingly enduring motion picture that is still effective 13 years after its theatrical debut.
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Rotten: Mr. Hughes, having thought up the characters and simply flung them together, should have left well enough alone.
- Janet Maslin, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003
A great film that has stood the test of time! One that laid out the stereo types many other teen films since have taken on. Simple story yet brilliantly done and featuring a good cast. Great soundtrack to!
- Deano78, Saturday, October 30, 2010
While I thin it's one of the most negatively dated Brat Pack movies, it's still really fun and doesn't do any harm. It's a little corny and implausible, but the characters still work which was the main desire. Like it or not, a lot of the stereotypes still exist today; showing the true genius of John Hughes analysis. The cast is fun, even though there are some truly forced melodramatic performances at certain times. It has a fan base for a reason, it's a very close representation of all the cliques from High School and promotes change. For that it's pretty deserving of its reputation.
- ythelastman89, Monday, October 4, 2010
Quintessential John Hughes and a classic of the 1980's. Very iconic and memorable. Required viewing. PERIOD. The set up is simple: five teens from different social cliques and backgrounds spend a Saturday in detention together and begin to see that they have more in common than they initially realized. Seeing as how I was only born a year after this movie came out, I don't have the nostalgia for it that many do. I did however, first discover it at a young and impressionable age, so, even though it doesn't resonate with me on a level like something from my own generation, it still hits big emotionally and with experiences and relatability. In a way, this movie isn't really dated becasue of that, and the message in general. It may be set in the 80s, and deal with instances and situations anchored in that time, but the overall impact and point is timeless, and I'd like to think that that was the whole point all along.
- cosmo313, Wednesday, April 17, 2013