The Breakfast Club (1985)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1985.  Universal Pictures, A&M Films, Channel Productions.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by .  Produced by John Hughes, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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 (), the charismatic rebel (), the prissy rich girl (), the outsider weird girl () and the major geek (), 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.

The Criterion Collection:  #905

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