Review: The Breakfast Club

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Five distinctly stereotypical high school kids are stuck in detention on a Saturday. In spite of their fractious relationships these seemingly disparate youths are brought together through a mutual disrespect of their assistant principle and the pains of being a teenager in 1985.

From the opening bars of Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) to the freeze-framed air punch as that same iconic song resonates while the credits start to roll, The Breakfast Club signals a brave new world for writer/ director/ producer John Hughes and members of the famed Brat Pack. Bringing together Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall for his directorial debut was truly serendipitous and paved the way for a slew of 80s teen movies which touched upon similar themes and starred many of the same actors.

There’s humour and heart in each character and as the story progresses, each character is dissected, bearing their souls to each other. They start their Saturday morning as strangers and leave as friends. A beautiful high school fairytale, a fictional “what if”, that stands up today solely on the foundation of Hughes’ incredible screenplay. Whether you see yourself as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, a criminal, or even if you’ve found yourself aligning with Assistant Principle Dick Vernon in recent years, 3 decades may have passed but the spirit of The Breakfast Club remains.

The Breakfast Club: 30th Anniversary Edition is out on DVD and Blu-ray 6th April.


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