The Breakfast Club


Year: 1985

Country: USA 

Director: John Hughes

Cast: Emilio Estevez (Andy), Anthony Michael Hall (Brian), Judd Nelson (Bender), Molly Ringwald (Claire Standish), Ally Sheedy (Allison), Paul Gleason (the teacher)

Genre: Comedy – Drama

Until a couple of days ago, I had never heard about The Breakfast Club, a movie from the ’80s about five High School students stuck in detention. Having read some very positive comments about it and hoping that such an old movie would be a bit different from the new teen films, I decided to go for it. And I’m so glad I did.

Five High School students are made to spend a whole saturday in detention under the supervision of their angry vice-principal. They are supposed to write an essay describing ‘who they think they are’ and are not allowed to move from their seats, sleep or talk to each other. And anyway, why would they even want to talk to each other? They have nothing in common. Brian’s a nerd, Andy an athlete. Claire’s the prom queen, Ally a weirdo. And Bender… he’s kind of a criminal. But boredom is stronger than their differences, so they don’t have another choice than to interact a bit. And by interact I also mean curse, fight and say horrible things to each other. But eventually they find out they’re not as different as they think they are, and though they may not know it yet, this day in detention will change their lives forever.

The Breakfast Club is not the typical stupid movie for teenagers, and I think that’s mainly why I like it so much. Don’t get me wrong, it is a movie for teenagers. But it is way much smarter and thought-provoking than the average. I watched it just a couple of days ago and I’m still thinking about it and want to see it again.

When you’re a teenager, everybody just keeps saying to you that ‘High School is the most beautiful time of your life, so enjoy it, because there will be nothing like it’, but for some people, High School can be kind of a hell. You’re trapped in a world ruled by ridiculous conventions that determine what you’re supposed to do and often who you should be. You’re labeled and judged and even if you hate all this and want to get out of it, it is not that easy. And that is in part, what this movie shows.

Each one of these characters lives their own hell, and as they keep getting to know each other and their problems, they realise they have more in common than what they thought. And then comes the climax scene, when they all open up and confess their most private secrets, insult each other, yell in anger, cry, and laugh. And after that, they are not the same any more. That scene is so powerful and well done that once I finished watching the movie, I rewinded to see it again. Everything, from the dialogues to the performance of the actors, is superb in that scene.

I really recommend The Breakfast Club, especially if you’re a teenager. But if you’re older than that, you should go for it as well, because in my view, this is one of those movies that nobody should miss.

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– Written by GuadiRC –


10 Responses to The Breakfast Club

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  2. Mark says:

    Strangely I just read a blog post on this on TickerTalks – which talks about films such as these will be missed by the next generation. A shame as these types of films are what moulded our generation.

    • fictionworms says:

      Thank you so much for the link! 😀 I’ve just read it and left a reply there, it was really interesting. Though The Breakfast Club and many other old movies aren’t from my generation, I love watching them anyway. Many times they are as good as the “new” movies I really like, or even better. By the way, what are the other movies you think moulded your generation? I would like to know about them 🙂

  3. Mark says:

    I would say, movies such as, The Goonies, E.T, Ferris Buller’s Day Off, the Indiana Jones Movies, Back to the Future etc.

    I couldn’t imagine going through life without them.

    • fictionworms says:

      I haven’t seen The Goonies nor Ferris Buller’s Day Off (though I’m planning to watch this one soon). The Indiana Jones movies… I don’t think I’ve seen them all, but I’ve never been a fan anyway (maybe I should give it a try, and watch them all in order). And I think that I watched E.T. when I was too old, so I didn’t like it so much. But Back to the Future, God, I love it! It is, in my opinion, one of the best movies ever made, and I’ll never get tired of watching the trilogy! ♥ I think I told you this before in your blog, in your BTTF review. Anyway, thanks for your recommendations 😉

  4. Great reviews! I’m slowly catching up with the blog.

    When i finished watching the breakfast club, I wonder, the next time they saw each other, would they act as nothing happened, and remain with their group of friends, or would they change???

    • fictionworms says:

      Well, that’s exactly what I wondered after watching the movie, and in fact, anybody who sees it may wonder the same. I think that, (SPOILER!) considering Blender and Claire got together, as well as Andy and Ally did, it is implied that they could finally forget about labels and prejudices and do what they wanted, like who they wanted to like. At least this is what I want to believe, that this day in detention was like a click! for them, and that they would no longer be the same after it.

      BTW, thanks for passing by! I’m glad to hear you like our reviews 🙂
      Xoxo -Guadi.

  5. Ben says:

    At first, I actually thought that, as the title suggest, people getting together at breakfast. Coincidentally, three blocks away from where I’m staying, there’s a restaurant with the same name! Here:
    I wonder how they got the name.

    Everybody keeps saying that High school is the most liveliest part of your life. But not really in my case. Although I’m not bullied or anything, I still find college life more interesting. Perhaps, because this is the time I learn to read books XD.

    PS: The breakfast club’s poster on the lower left, the girl lying at the bottom, she looks like Kirsten Stewart, don’t you think? XD

    • fictionworms says:

      Huh! That’s so funny 😀 Maybe the next time you go to that restaurant you can ask the owner if they got the name from the movie. It reminded me of my favourite café in my city, which is called Amèlie because of the homonymous French movie.

      I hope college is much better, I am so sick of High School! But I only have to wait two months and a half for my graduation, anyway 🙂

      PS: Yeah, maybe she looks like her in that picture, but if you see other different photos you’ll se they’re pretty different 😛

  6. Julieta says:

    Great review! I also love this movie, of course, taking into account that it’s from the 80s. See you!

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