Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1985. Universal Pictures, A&M Films, Channel Productions. Screenplay by John Hughes. Cinematography by Thomas Del Ruth. Produced by John Hughes, Ned Tanen. Music by Keith Forsey. Production Design by John W. Corso. Costume Design by Marilyn Vance. Film Editing by Dede Allen.
John Hughes scored big points with teenagers with this excellent drama, which continues to impress young people after so many years. It takes place in a high school library where a group of misfits and misbehavers find themselves spending a day-long detention for various reasons. The characters all come from easily clichéd stereotypes: the popular jock (Emilio Estevez), the charismatic rebel (Judd Nelson), the prissy rich girl (Molly Ringwald), the outsider weird girl (Ally Sheedy) and the major geek (Anthony Michael Hall), but as they open up to each other, they reveal much more complex personalities and desires bubbling underneath the facades they both manufacture and find themselves stuck to. Great dialogue and some painful moments of catharsis are balanced with high school prank humour and a sense of rebellious fun for Hughes’s greatest achievement as entertainer to the angst age.