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The Breakfast Club is a warm, insightful, and very funny look into the inner lives of teenagers.
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Taking place almost entirely in one room, "The Breakfast Club" is the kind of movie -- and the kind of play -- that's hardly seen anymore. And good riddance.
Hughes has a wonderful knack for communicating the feelings of teenagers, as well as an obvious rapport with his exceptional cast - who deserve top grades.
Hughes may deserve more plaudits as a social worker than a filmmaker, but you have to admit his hokey situation plays. The reason is the five terrific young actors, who bring more conviction to these parts than they perhaps deserve.
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."
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.
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.
A superb film, an all-time classic, and an all-time favourite of many a film lover.
An absolutely outstanding movie, not only one of the best ever made about high school-age kids, but one of the pinnacle films of the 1980s.
Hughes's poignant, sometimes funny, and always thoughtful drama didn't so much revolutionize the teen movie as it mined the genre for long-ignored potential
Had something to say about being an adult and how the lessons we learned as a teenager would carry us in to adulthood, for better and for worse.
The late John Hughes' finest hour (he didn't have many, despite a prolific output), The Breakfast Club was the best of the so-called "Brat Pack" features as well as a seminal film for many who came of age in the 1980s.
Molière's most famous work, Tartuffe, is about a pious fraud who turns out to be a criminal... The joke is that Bender is a criminal fraud who turns out to be pious.
A smart, moving and funny relic of more than 30 years of age, that takes its characters and their problems seriously in the sweetest way, which really pays off and makes the film still ring true today. It also makes you miss the 1980s sooo much. Don't you forget about me.
An adorable classic of the '80s that still feels fresh, showing five teenage kids opening up about their personal problems with a great dialogue and inspired actions - and it is Judd Nelson who is unforgettable as the rebel youngster that acts as the catalyst of everyone's emotions.
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
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.
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