The Breakfast Club
THE BREAKFAST CLUB (15)
D: John Hughes
Universal/A&M (Ned Tanen & John Hughes)
USA 🇺🇸 1985
W: John Hughes
DP: Thomas Del Ruth
Ed: Dede Allen
Mus: Keith Forsey
PD: John W. Corso
Emilio Estevez (Andrew Clark), Anthony Michael Hall (Brian Johnson), Judd Nelson (John Bender), Molly Ringwald (Claire Standish), Ally Sheedy (Allison Reynolds), Paul Gleason (Richard Vernon)
John Hughes' iconic 80's teen film is often judged harshly by stuffy film critics (who doubtlessly fall outside the target demographic).
More than anything, The Breakfast Club is a fun film which does have an important message about high school cliques. Five students arrive for Saturday detention for their respective punishments and though at first their characters couldn't be any more different (a jock, a nerd, a princess, a rebel, a basket case), after spending the day in the school library, they realise they have more in common than originally thought.
The movie does have it's moment of tack and cheese, particularly the "music video moments" when they sporadically break into dance for no reason, and the moral of the movie gets a bit mixed-up when the characters exonerate their own actions by blaming their upbringing, but it cannot be doubted that this is a landmark film of 1980's cinema.
Perhaps you have to be a child of the 80's to appreciate it, but it is by no stretch of the imagination, a bad movie. It's cheesy, it's fun, it's popcorn for the eyes of an easy market, but this makes it far from a poor film. In fact, this is arguably John Hughes' best movie and certainly one of the best teen-marketed films of the 1980's.