Logline: Five high school students, from various backgrounds, spend a Saturday in detention.
Review: Between 1984 and 1987, John Hughes wrote and directed some of his most endearing films, such as Sixteen Candles (1984), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), and The Breakfast Club, which is one of the greatest films about American adolescents to have ever graced the screen. What makes The Breakfast Club so endearing is its honesty and authenticity.
The Breakfast Club acts as a sort of social experiment. In the beginning of the film, the characters (and by extension, the viewer) have their own preconceived notions of one another. There is the princess, the burnout, the freak, the jock, and the brain. Over the course of spending a day in detention, the teenagers break down these social barriers and open up to one another, revealing that they have more in common that they thought. They are struggling with similar problems as they navigate through their turbulent high school years.
The film, which takes place entirely on the grounds of the high school and primarily in one room, is incredibly insightful and funny. The characters are great and brought to life by some talented young actors. The 80s star-studded cast includes Hughes muse Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, and Ally Sheedy, who are all fantastic. Additionally, Paul Gleason is excellent as the mean spirited principal who himself falls victim to categorizing the confined teens.
The title song is the immortal Don’t You Forget About Me which was written by Keith Forsey and performed by Simple Minds. It is a great song not just for its catchy lyrics and music but because it is an extension of the film’s message.
Don’t you forget about The Breakfast Club. Whether you are currently in high school or have surpassed those years, you will appreciate this gem. It has the power to make you laugh and cry. The Breakfast Club is a true 80s classic that will be forever relevant.
Rating (out of ****): ****