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8,951 Ratings

The Breakfast Club

Directed by John Hughes
United States, 1985
Drama, Comedy


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 will ever be the same.

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The Breakfast Club Directed by John Hughes
It’s snappily written, crisply defined, and cleverly art-directed, and in terms of pacing, it couldn’t work better. Even the precipitous couplings at the end, some of them real head-scratchers, actually help the movie: we don’t leave with any false sense that anything has been fixed or made permanent, and the excitement of making right and wrong choices at the same time is preserved.
August 20, 2011
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I don’t think you could get away with this now, in our even more uptight era: Smoking pot is THE thing that breaks down the barriers. Hughes doesn’t couch it in a warning to the kids in the audience, he doesn’t try to say “drugs are bad” at the same time … No. It’s unabashedly positive. They all get stoned, and then the next shot is them sitting on the floor … talking … when all kinds of emotional, dramatic, and funny (“I can eat with my toes”) things happen. There’s a direct correlation there.
August 29, 2005
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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.
February 15, 1985
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