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Breakfast Club Film Review

Five disparate high school students, Allison Reynolds, a weirdo; Brian Johnson, a nerd; John Bender, a criminal; Claire Standish, a prom queen; and Andy Clark, a jock, are forced to spend the day in Saturday detention.Having absolutely nothing in common, except for having to give up their day, they sit in the school library, and write an essay for a teacher, Richard Vernon. Being from such widely different backgrounds and having such completely different personalities, it's inevitable that some frictions and shenanigans develop, especially when Vernon leaves the room.Each begins to see the others apart from their stereotypes. Each finds qualities about the others that make the Saturday morning change their lives.
In the 1980s, Hughes was responsible for writing and directing some of the funniest (National Lampoon's Vacation) movies of the era as well as some of the most perceptive ones about young people (Some Kind Of Wonderful). One that combined the humor and the perception was his 1985 smash The Breakfast Club.It fell into that'80s menagerie of teen flick known as "the Brat Pack movies," yet it is easily the most transcendent of all of them. While many of the other Brat Pack movies have become quite dated (St. Elmo's Fire) The Breakfast Club is still fresh today, despite somewhat dated references and music selections.
What makes it transcend the genre so well is its accurate depiction of high school society. Never mind that the film was made in 1985, the depiction of the class system in high school (Jock, Preppie, Outcast, Thug, Geek) is still relevant today.Yet this is not just a movie for teenagers. The performances are all good: from Judd Nelson as the Thug to Molly Ringwald as the Preppie. You also have Emilio Estevez as the Jock, Anthony Michael Hall as the geek and Ally Sheedy as the Outcast.
The only actor who really goes over the top is Paul Gleason as t…

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