John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the decade. Trapped in a day-long Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess (Molly Ringwald); Andrew, the jock (Emilio Estevez); John, the criminal (Judd Nelson); Brian, the brain (Anthony Michael Hall); and Allison, the basket case (Ally Sheedy). These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school caste system. Yet the students bond together when faced with the villainous principal (Paul Gleason), and they realize that they have more in common than they may think, including a contempt for adult society. "When you grow up, your heart dies," Allison proclaims in one of the film's many scenes of soul-searching, and, judging from the adults depicted in the film, the teen audience may very well agree. Released in a decade overflowing with derivative teen films, The Breakfast Club has developed an almost cult-like status.~Dylan Wilcox
Overview: Blu-Ray / 4K / Digital Combo Pack (Steel Book)
The Good: The build quality on the Steel Book is great, as always. The artwork has a school locker theme, with miscellaneous pictures & items on the inside. This is a pretty clever design, as you're almost opening a "locker" instead of a steel book. As for the movie itself - Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Hall and Emilio Estevez's performances are just as great as you remember.
The Bad: This is a bit pricy for a movie over 35 years old.
Recommended? Yes - if you are an avid Steel Book collector or huge fan of 80's classics. If you already have it and the aforementioned doesn't apply to you, I would pass on this.
This is a much anticipated release and I couldn't be more pleased. The transfer is impeccable, the sound mix never been better, and the supplements worth every cent. And so glad the original cover poster art was retained. This one's an absolute keeper!
I have a soft spot in my heart for the movies of the '80s -- "The Blues Brothers," "Ferris Beuller's Day Off," "Wargames," "Back to the Future," etc. Somehow the films of this era feel more "real" and "honest" than modern cinema, with actors who could be comedic without feeling fake or over-the-top and an overall feel to said movies that seemed more realistic and less contrived than most modern films. Granted, many of these films have become classics while other films of the '80s have fallen into obscurity, but there's a reason they've endured as classics, and I would rather re-watch one of these films than suffer through another mindless "comedy" put out by Hollywood's current crop of actors and directors.
"The Breakfast Club" is a rather dark comedy/drama, especially in contrast with John Hughes' usual body of work. But it's still a poignant and unflinching look at high school and its cliques, and how youth are shaped by their parents, teachers, and other adults... for better or for worse.
It's Saturday at a Chicago high school, and five students have shown up for a full day of detention for various infractions of the rules. They represent a variety of traditional high school cliques -- Andrew, a star wrestler and the quintessential jock; Brian, a quiet but well-meaning young genius; Claire, an aloof and slightly snobbish prom queen and popular girl; Bender, a foul-mouthed rebel who constantly butts heads with the school principal who oversees the detention; and Allison, a silent and eccentric artist who occasionally acts out for attention. At first the five students bicker and hassle one another, chafing under the jerkish principal's vigil and finding ways to push one another's buttons. But as hijinks ensue and secrets, pasts, and revelations come to light, the students realize they have far more in common than they realized... and the lines between cliques are never as clear-cut as they seem.
Writer/director John Hughes is know for having a fairly light tone in his movies -- "Ferris Beuller's Day Off," "Home Alone," "Sixteen Candles," etc. -- so "Breakfast Club's" darker and even bleak tone may come off as a shock to those used to his sillier comedies. But this tone works for this particular movie, as it's not afraid to deconstruct the typical high school comedy and the various stereotypes that tend to populate said comedies. And it probes deeper into what shapes and influences teenagers than most teen movies do, even if the picture it paints isn't very pretty -- as characters in the film say, "Are we all going to grow up to be like our parents?" and "When you get older, your heart dies." That's not to say the movie isn't without its funny moments, though -- it still elicits plenty of laughs, even if the mood sometimes whiplashes between light and dark and some of the humor is of the "black comedy" variety.
The acting in this film is pretty strong as well. It stars members of the "Brat Pack," a group of young actors especially popular in the '80s -- Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, and Anthony Michael Hall. All of them slip into their respective roles almost effortlessly, and bring genuine pathos to their characters. It would have been all too easy for them to fall into the usual stereotypes, but here even the characters that should be unlikable, like Nelson's foul-mouthed and belligerent Bender, are made sympathetic and relatable. Paul Gleason is deliciously unlikable as the harsh and slightly corrupt Principal Vernon, but I found the janitor character (pretty much the only other notable character in the movie) to be somewhat forgettable.
A well-deserved classic, far more honest and in-depth than most other teen movies. Probably best for ages 15 and up due to swearing, drug use, sexual conversation, and a very blatant (but funny) panty shot.
A Classic Take On A High School Dramedy, But While Dealing With Real Issues & Feelings That We’ve All Experienced! I’ve Always Been A Fan Of Films That Take Place In A Single Setting. They Usually Get More Intimate With Our Main Characters & Breakfast Club Is No Exception. The Cast Is Fantastic Across The Board, Covering Every Click You Probably Experienced Yourself In High School. John Hughes Really Gets Into The Meat & Bones Of What Goes On In The Mind Of A Young Person Going Through Their Adolescence. Everybody Delivers With Laughter & Tears While Being Constantly Challenged By Their Superior, Richard Vernon. Paul Gleason Is A Great Foil For Our Struggling Youngsters & Gives A Tour De Force Performance With Iconic Dialogue For Years To Come. Familiar John Hughes Yes, But With A Real Feel & Emotion More Than Most Ever Tackled. You’ll Thrust Your Fist In The Air John Bender Style By The End Of This Film. A Must See!