The Breakfast Club (1985)
USA / English
"They only met once, but it changed their lives forever. "Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Quite simply one of the best teen films of the 80s
Five teenagers are assigned detention on a Saturday morning and afternoon.
They are a jock (Emilio Estevez), a hood (Judd Nelson), a rich girl (Molly
Ringwald), a geek (Anthony Michael Hall) and a basket case (Ally Sheedy).
During the course of the detention (and with a little help from marijuana)
they open up and talk and begin to know each other.
An dead on target examination of teen life in 1984/85. This was a very
challenging thing to do--release a film about teens just talking and
relating to each other. It also was (unjustly) awarded an R rating for the
frequent swearing--but that's how high schoolers talk!
I was in college when this came out, but I saw it with a friend who was
still in high school. According to him the movie got everything right--the
clothes, dialogue, styles and music were accurate. He said it was one of
the few movies that showed how he felt. But the movie isn't all serious and
depressing...there are some truly hilarious lines.
The cast: Estevez (what ever happened to...) is just great as the jock. He
gives a very believable and moving performance especially in a speech about
his father. Nelson, however, is horrible as the hood. He looks the part
but he's way too eloquent and his acting was pretty bad. Ringwald and Hall
are perfect in their roles, but they WERE teenagers when this was filmed.
Sheedy does what she can with a criminally underwritten role. John Kapelos
(as a janitor) is hardly in it (I'm assuming his part was severly cut) and
Paul Gleason (a good actor) is given a very 1-dimensional role--the evil
adult. He does what he can with it.
The movie isn't perfect--parents are the root of all the kids problems;
there are annoying lapses in logic (like how does Ringwald get to see Nelson
at the end and Sheedys character wasn't assigned detention, so wouldn't
Gleason know that) and there is a whole dance sequence squeezed
Still--a truly great teenage movie. A definite must-see. A bonus is that
the movie opens with one of the best songs of the 1980s (and a big
hit)--Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me"
"Who'd your mom marry--Mr. Rogers?"