The Breakfast Club
Release Date: February 15, 1985
Director: John Hughes
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall
Runtime: 97 min
Tagline: Five strangers with nothing in common, except each other.
This is John Hughes at his absolute best.
Five high school students come together in a Saturday detention. They are all of different social statuses: there’s an athlete, a criminal, a princess, a brain, and a basket case. They all find out that they really do have more in common than they thought, especially for their hatred for their principal, Richard Vernon.
The characters are the most memorable aspect of the film. John Bender (Judd Nelson), the criminal, is just a wise-cracking bad boy who seems just to despise the world; Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez) is a nice guy with an overbearing father who just has a bit too much pressure on him; Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald), the princess, is the virginal (or maybe not?) female who’s in for skipping class; Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall), the brain, is the talkative smart guy who just needs to try in school so he can get into a good college; and Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) is the basket case who’s also a compulsive liar.
John Hughes just makes the best on-screen chemistry. It’s a film that has lots of laughs, lots of heart, and lots of cinema greatness.
The characters are really relatable, and the actors are well-casted to portray each stereotype. The film is both very emotional at some scenes and also quite feel-good in others, and Hughes knows very well how balance the two out, he really penned a defining teen film, here.
The only tainting factor that took away five points from my enjoyment is that one of the characters gave up their individuality by the end of it all, which sort of just really peeved me off.
You’ll just want to watch it again and again. It’s the best teen coming-of-age comedic drama of its time, and one of the greatest of all time.