Welcome back for another 80s film review 🙂
I recently watched this iconic cult classic after wanting to watch it for so long. ‘The Breakfast Club’ focuses on a group of 5 high school students, placed in detention on a Saturday.
Each student is part of a different social group in the school. Clair is the popular, pretty prom queen; John is a “burn out”, spending his lunchtimes smoking weed; Brian is the typical nerd; Allison is a silent loner, and Andrew is your typical jock.
The film follows these 5 students while they sit through the long hours of a Saturday detention, trying to escape the horrible teacher supervising their detention. Hating each other at first, they start to chat about anything and everything.
This film shows that, while these students may be from different “groups”, they all have things in common. They all have parents who don’t seem to care about them, and they feel constantly under-estimated because of their restrictive roles in the school. Each student shares their worries, their thoughts and the reason why they are in detention.
I really liked the range of characters in this film, and while their eventual bonding at the end of the film may have been stereotypical, I enjoyed watching the character relationships and dynamics.
I loved the dynamic between Clair (Molly Ringwald) and John (Judd Nelson). I liked seeing how Clair realised this group of people wouldn’t judge her for her lack of experience, comparing to her shallow, popular friends. I liked the scene where Clair lets loose a little, dancing and chatting with Allison instead of remaining uptight like at the start of the film.
I also liked the scene where the students get out of the detention room, running around the school corridors in their attempt to get away from their supervisor, who in typical John Hughes style, is crazy and power-hungry.
However, I think it is a cult classic for its iconic music and star-studded cast, rather than its storyline. While I enjoyed this film, it wasn’t packed full of action, and the majority of the film focused on the conversations and revelations of the students. Despite this, I liked the way in which each character connected in some way, creating a greater level of understanding about the plight of those from different social groups.
Did you enjoy my review of ‘The Breakfast Club’? Do you enjoy films from the ’80s? What was your favourite part of this film?
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