Box art for The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

comedy, drama, romance

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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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

Socially relevant '80s teen flick.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film deals with themes that may be inappropriate for younger teens. Topics such as suicide, depression, social alienation, materialism, sex, and parental physical and emotional abuse are discussed openly. Main characters use very strong language, smoke pot on screen in the school library, and mock authority figures. One smokes cigarettes, draws a switchblade, and makes lewd gestures. He reveals cigar burns on his body as evidence of his father's abuse. The film does positively encourage the breakdown of social barriers as a means of identification and improved communication.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how relevant and realistic they feel it is. Do teens feel that their high school has a similar clique structure? Allison describes Bender's question about Claire's virginity as a "double-edged sworda trap," stating, "Well, if you say you haven''re a prude. If you say you're a slut." Her argument is nothing new, but it does present a good opportunity for families to talk about society's views on sex and gender. Do teens still feel this double standard is in effect?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

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

Audience Reviews

4 stars

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

3 stars

review coming.

- ironclad1609, Sunday, December 16, 2012

3 stars

review coming.

- ironclad1609, Sunday, December 16, 2012