The Breakfast Club
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John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the decade. Trapped in a day-long Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess (Molly Ringwald); Andrew, the jock (Emilio Estevez); John, the criminal (Judd Nelson); Brian, the brain (Anthony Michael Hall); and Allison, the basket case (Ally Sheedy). These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school caste system. Yet the students bond together when faced with the villainous principal (Paul… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"In nine hours of threatening, bickering and, eventually, poignant (but never maudlin) self-revelation, the stereotypes dissolve and re-form."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"An iconic movie of the '80s, with all the unappealing baggage that suggests."
‑ , Time Out
"an awakening"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"There's not a single false beat to be found, concluding Breakfast with a singular display of emotional discharge unheard of in its genre."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"One of the few teen-oriented films that truly addresses the troubles of its characters, yet it falters in dealing with the issues raised."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"John Hughes's 1985 film seems meant to explain 80s youngsters to yesterday's youth, and comes to the comforting conclusion that they're just as alienated, idealistic, and vulnerable as the baby boomers of the 1960s."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The Breakfast Club doesn't need earthshaking revelations; it's about kids who grow willing to talk to one another, and it has a surprisingly good ear for the way they speak."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[VIDEO ESSAY] The movie captures teenagers' innate ability to defeat authority figures, and their own misconceptions about themselves."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Time capsule."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The Breakfast Club was teen-auteur John Hughes' attempt to take a step back and evaluate the large horde of teens our schools turn out and how they desperately search for identity."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Does director John Hughes really believe, as he writes here, that 'when you grow up, your heart dies.' It may. But not unless the brain has already started to rot with films like this."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mr. Hughes, having thought up the characters and simply flung them together, should have left well enough alone."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A movie that has far more problems than its reputation would suggest, the kind of flaws that can be very readily glossed over in a fit of fond remembrance."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Good and bad, it's still the definitive '80s teen movie."
‑ Simon Crook, Empire Magazine
"Equal parts funny, smart and sincere, it's a movie that delved a little deeper into the teenage psyche and came back with something more challenging than "nerds want sex.""
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
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