A disparate group of stereotypical highschoolers serve a Saturday detention together. As the day progresses, the barriers between them begin to break and by nightfall, these comrades in crime question whether school wil ever be the same.
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Hughes's condescension towards his unconventional archetypes - suggesting that all they need to feel complete is to assimilate - ends the film on a sour note. It's a shame too, since the lead-up burns with sensitivity & depth. The idea of approaching a high school drama as if it were a Bergman chamber-piece works extremely well, while the bursts of music & movement feel surprisingly close to the films of Leos Carax.
30 years later what once seemed inspirational and generation defining now seems about as innocuous as today's average Disney channel flick. But once upon a time we were all that 'misunderstood' teenager; that princess; dweeb; basketcase; jock; rebel...and that's why this film still speaks to people and is so fondly remembered. Hughes left behind films that understood that. '..when you grow up your heart dies...'
When I saw The Breakfast Club at the movies back in 1985, I was as old as the actors and I liked a lot the film. Now, well now, I must've grown old unknowingly because it seems a little... dated to say the least. Recommended to film historians, though.
Could be representative for a lot of teenagers during high-school. What I love the most about this movie is that each character have his or her own story and eventually shares them with one another which then changes they're lives. There are many memorable scenes and dialogues and such an eye-opening look at the emotions and impact of what society or broken-family has on each student.