It’s the weekend, and five students have weekend detention. There’s a jock, a princess, a misfit, a nerd, and a lout. Not much in common, except for having to give up their day, sit in the school library, and write an essay for the principal. Being from such widely different backgrounds and having such completely different personalities, it’s inevitable that some frictions and shenanigans develop. Especially when the principal leaves the room… —IMDb
Once dubbed the “philosopher of adolescence” by film critic and fellow Chicagoan Roger Ebert, John Hughes made his mark as the man most frequently associated with the 1980s teen angst genre. With his name attached in some form to such genre classics as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Some Kind of Wonderful, Hughes was in large part responsible for defining the cinematic mood of a certain era. From Molly Ringwald’s red hair to Ben Stein’s monotonous “Bueller….Bueller,” the characters and images in his films are still able to evoke a certain nostalgia in people who suffered through adolescence during the 1980s and remain as much of an embodiment of the decade’s culture as shoulder pads and junk bonds.
Originally hailing from Lansing, MI, where he was born February 18, 1950, Hughes was 13 when he moved with his family to the Chicago suburbs. His adopted city would figure largely in his films, providing both a source of inspiration… read more
not just one of the great teen movies or eighties flicks or brat pack pictures but one of the absolute great american films period; the young ensemble cast then and now still stands as emblematic of both a generation in particular as well as teenaged youth in general; hughes's masterpiece includes his most controlled direction and screenplay and yet there's chaos in the shifting tones that seem almost experimental
symbol of that stage of your life when you think youre cool and cult and 14-15 and possibly a rocker, where the 80s are better and britney spears suck ass but still a good film overall and sweet/innocent
A little too cute at times but gets the job done. I could have done with a little less focus on Judd Nelson's character in favor of equal attention to the group members. Has some poignant things to say about relationships in society, especially towards the end of the film. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" is perfect as the theme/outro.
Also: River Phoenix project revived. Baumbach’s Corrections. Festivals in Philadelphia and Austin.
You don’t need too much to make a good movie. You need good dialogues and quotes that makes you think. The Breakfast Club is a good example of creativity and simplicity, with a good cast (Judd Nelson… read review