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Review: The Breakfast Club

Yes, I know this film is from 1985, and yes I know that things have changed drastically since then, but it is my favourite film of all time. Don't like it? Don't read it. Simple as that.

As I have said, this is my favourite film of all time, about 5 teenagers forced to do detention on a Saturday morning, but without the express knowledge that they will all become closer than they were the minute they stepped into the room. The characters, Alison (played by Ally Sheedy) is a social outcast, a compulsive liar and hates family life. She does not talk at the start of the film, but she opens up, becoming more open to the other 4 characters. She dresses in dark clothes and is tired and bored of home life. Bender (played by Judd Nelson) is The punk of the group, he gets detention for pulling a false fire alarm. Bender mostly annoys and insults everyone, but most of his angst is directed at Claire. Later on, he reveals that he has an abusive father who once burned a cigar on his arm for spilling paint in the garage. At the end of the film, he and Claire become attracted to each other and she gives him one of her earrings. This end scene is possibly the most iconic scene of the film, and has been mimicked by countless people. Brian (played by Anthony Hall) is the nerd of the group, and gets detention for having a flare gun in his locker. At first, he has trouble adapting to the others, but overall decides to get involved more (in other words, getting high with the others). He wrote an essay for Principal Vernon (Paul Gleason) in 2 different parts*, symbolising the way that the characters have changed over the film. Claire (Molly Ringwald) is the popular one. She is in detention for skipping school to go shopping. She becomes a target for Benders insults, but the end of this film has a surprising twist for the two. Finally, Andrew (Emilio Estevez) is the jock, who is in detention for bullying to impress his hard ass father. He regrets the action, and hates the fact that his dad pushes him so much.


Sorry for the paragraph above, now the plot. Essentially, the characters are in the High School on a Saturday, doing an 8 hour detention for the things that they have done (except for Alison). The Principal sets them an essay, on what they think they will be. Bender (the protagonist) winds the Principal up, resulting in about 2 months detention on Saturdays. During the film, he gets locked in a cupboard, and threatened by Principal Vernon. He escapes, and gets stoned with the other characters. During a scene where they are all sat in the library where they are studying, they admit they hate who they are, and all say that they will be friends after it's all over. The film ends with Alison getting a makeover, prompting Andrew to take more notice of her, and Claire becoming involved with Bender. The film ends with the iconic music from Simple Minds, and Bender pumping the air in celebration. A brilliant film from yesteryear.


Overall, an amazing film, and such a must watch, and I would heartily recommend watching. A must see, for everyone and anyone.


Film scores:

Basic film score - 5/5

Hooks - 5/5
Characters - 5/5
Issues in film - 5/5
Other parts of film - 5/5


A must see, and a brilliant score for a brilliant film. Deserves it.


* A copy of both the letters said in the film, taken from Wikipedia:



The beginning letter is as follows:
Brian Johnson (although that is unknown at this point): Saturday, March 24, 1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois. 60062.
Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was that we did wrong...and what we did was wrong, but we think you're crazy to make us write this essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us... in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That's the way we saw each other at seven o'clock this morning. We were brainwashed.
The end letter is as follows:
Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong...but we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...
Andrew Clark: ...and an athlete...
Allison Reynolds: ...and a basket case...
Claire Standish: ...a princess...
John Bender: ...and a criminal...
Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.
Review: The Breakfast Club Review: The Breakfast Club Reviewed by Matt Large on Sunday, February 13, 2011 Rating: 5

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