The Breakfast Club (1985)

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Critic Consensus: The Breakfast Club is a warm, insightful, and very funny look into the inner lives of teenagers.


Movie Info

John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the decade. Trapped in a day-long Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess (Molly Ringwald); Andrew, the jock (Emilio Estevez); John, the criminal (Judd Nelson); Brian, the brain (Anthony Michael Hall); and Allison, the basket case (Ally Sheedy). These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Hughes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 2, 2003
Runtime:
Universal Pictures

Cast


as Andrew Clark

as Claire Standish

as Richard Vernon

as Brian Johnson

as Allison Reynolds

as John Bender

as Allison's Father

as Brian's Sister

as Andy's Father

as Claire's Father

as Allison's Mom

as Brian's Mom
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Critic Reviews for The Breakfast Club

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (10)

Nothing really changes. You hear nothing you haven't heard before. But you know that for them it is happening for the first time, and they deserve compassion. I'm not sure that's a good enough reason to see "The Breakfast Club."

Full Review… | March 23, 2015
Newsday
Top Critic

Rarely have on-screen teens felt this authentic. They bluster, bicker and trade horrible insults (whence the film's R rating), then suddenly expose their most guarded feelings.

Full Review… | March 23, 2015
Newsday
Top Critic

While meticulously drawn, the film's characters are so stereotypically representative that only the lamest of moviegoers will not determine their respective backgrounds and problems long before the plodding movie does.

Full Review… | February 13, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
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In nine hours of threatening, bickering and, eventually, poignant (but never maudlin) self-revelation, the stereotypes dissolve and re-form.

Full Review… | July 27, 2007
Denver Post
Top Critic

John Hughes's 1985 film seems meant to explain 80s youngsters to yesterday's youth, and comes to the comforting conclusion that they're just as alienated, idealistic, and vulnerable as the baby boomers of the 1960s.

Full Review… | July 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Does director John Hughes really believe, as he writes here, that 'when you grow up, your heart dies.' It may. But not unless the brain has already started to rot with films like this.

Full Review… | July 18, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Breakfast Club

John Hughes' coming-of-age classic is engulfed with brash stars (Estevez, Ringwald, Nelson, Hall, Sheedy) in their most pristine and memorable roles. The Breakfast Club is witty, hysterical and impacting with its in-depth portrayal of high school teenagers in the 80s. The film is heartfelt and is a great motion picture for generations of then, now and the future. 5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

½

Powerful and iconic, The Breakfast Club is a well-filmed, well-acted, and quite entertaining coming-of-age film that is, to this day, surprisingly and effectively relatable. It can be slow at times, but you can't help falling in love with and caring for these characters.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

John Hughe's 'The Breakfast Club' is still a perfect embodiment of teenage angst in film and may just as well stand as a timeless classic.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

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