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The Breakfast Club - Film Review

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The Breakfast Club (1985) Wendy Fu Movie Critic "The Breakfast Club" might be one of the greatest R-Rated films of all time. Yes, they drop the f-bomb more than just a couple of times. Yes, they tastelessly smoke weed on-screen. And yes, Judd Nelson's arrogant swaggering tough guy character sexually harasses Molly Ringwald's prom queen character in a very raw way. But they managed to nail it. You isolate a group of people in an enclosed school library, force them to come to the conclusion of talking to one another, and sooner than later they exchange dark truths about themselves and develop a new kind of understanding about each other. Emotional, humorous and sincere, 'The Breakfast Club' was a movie that hoped to dig a little deeper into the teenage minds, and set free a money-magnet that became one of the greatest 80's movies ever created. ...read more.


Hughes attempts to reconstruct the peculiar ways of teenagers, about how they all have a diligent disinterest in anything that contrasts with their self-image. These kids aren't even a tad interested in each other. Not at first anyways. In the nine hours of bickering, smoking, crying, threatening, and eventually, touching self-revelations, truths are exchanged. These students received the chance to get to know one another, and soon began communicating their darkest fears, opening up and developing relationships that wouldn't dare come to pass during regular school hours. Even though they all know that at the end of the day, they'll all fall back into their own individual stereotypical group. This movie was written and directed by John Hughes, who was also the director of Sixteen Candles (also casting Hall and Ringwald), another movie that tried to make an honest attempt to create the average teenager's life. ...read more.


During a scene with Mr. Vernon and the janitor, Carl, Hughes attempts to get inside the head of the teacher, but what actually happened was in one brief scene, they began talking with a potted philosophical talk that wasn't really necessary. Hughes missed the chance to develop this character but dropped it when he realized that his target audience had zero interest in a non-stereotypical teacher. All in all, a neat little 80's film that achieved with a beautiful, modest effort. It's a deep story about teenage communication, hesitant friendships, and at the heart of it all, it gives a sincere moving message about our society that is often disregarded. In the end, all five of them might be back with their kind. But how you see the ending is due to which stereotype you feel represents you the most. ...read more.

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