The Breakfast Club (1985)

“We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”

Cast: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald

The Breakfast Club

When a group of school kids are put in a Saturday detention, we watch their day unfold as they try to entertain themselves from 7AM-4PM. While we are initially introduced to individuals that belong to different social groups and due to this, contrast massively, we see the boundaries fade as they realise they have more in common then they first thought.

Each character epitomises their stereotypes, enhancing the distinctions and consequent conflicts between them. There is the sporty jock Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the popular, pretty girl Claire (Molly Ringwald), the typical nerd Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), the rebellious, wild child John (Judd Nelson) and the weird, socially outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy).

The film works so brilliantly as every character is relatable, if not to you personally then you’ll find yourself applying these characters to people you knew in school. What we see during the film is each character undergo a personal transformation as they reveal their own struggles placed on them due to their labels, and how at times they wish they could just be themselves, rather than living up to the expectations of others. Yes it is clichéd in places but it had to be, it was all about the stereotypes within society and when it comes down to it, it is simply another teen movie.

John Hughes was the mastermind behind the film and was yet another one of his 80s classics. It cemented the group of young actors as the ‘brat pack’, a term also applied to the actors in St Elmo’s Fire who merged with those in The Breakfast Club.

For me, The Breakfast Club is one of my favourite of Hughes’ films, tying positions with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Star rating: 8.5/10

Directed by John Hughes.

Running time 97 minutes.

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