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The Breakfast Club (1985) Movie Review: Detention was never like this

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The Breakfast Club (1985)


Saturday March 24th, 1984, five students are reporting to an Illinois High School for detention at 7am. Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez), Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall), John Bender (Judd Nelson), Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald) and Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) have all broken certain rules at the school and must pay the price. They are all different in character like one is a criminal, an athlete, a brain, a princess, and a space cadet. They are told to sit in the library all day and think about what they have done and why they are there. Mr. Vernon (Paul Gleason) want a paper at the end of the day detailing what they learned.

Now this being Saturday, would you just sit there and behave if the Principal is not monitoring you. Of course not your going to see what you can get into. In the beginning they mostly are just talking and getting to know each other. Eventually they are going to smoke pot, and dance and fight and harass each other.

Whats funny about the whole thing is that these very different people start to open up with each other and they find that they actually like each other.They also realize that as they are talking they begin to find out hidden secrets about each other. They also learn that they are more than the person they came to detention that they. They learn that they can do things that they didn't know they could do.

The one problem in the end is that they are afraid that they will go back to being the people they were and that they might lose the friendships that were formed.

Director John Hughes has brought this movie to us and probably didn't realize the classic hit that it would be. The actors of this film were the up and coming stars for the next few years. They all had made a mark in film at this point but it is with this movie that would go to become stars. The film at first is one big bore but when they start to show who and what they are and what they become the characters become to be a joy and the film takes off.

So sit back and think how cool it would have been to have detention such as this and the fun you would have enjoyed.


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