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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.
Emilio Estevez Andrew 'Andy' Clark
Anthony Michael Hall Brian Ralph Johnson
Judd Nelson John Bender
Molly Ringwald Claire Standish
Ally Sheedy Allison Reynolds
Paul Gleason Principal Richard Vernon
John Kapelos Carl the Janitor
Ron Dean Mr. Clark, Andrew's Father
Tim Gamble Mr. Standish, Claire's Father
Mercedes Hall Mrs. Johnson, Brian's Mother
Mary Christian Brian's Sister
Perry Crawford Mr. Reynolds, Allison's Father
Fran Gargano Mrs. Reynolds, Allison's Mother
Director: John Hughes
Producer: John Hughes,Ned Tanen
Writer: John Hughes
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 in.

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?" "No--Mr. Johnson"

Seen it:Ja
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Storage device:Divx 1
Imdb rating: 7.8
Musician: Keith Forsey
Running time: 97 min
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