The Breakfast Club (1985): An Underrated Gem

The Breakfast Club Movie Poster


John Hughes



Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

My review:

Out of all of John Hughes’s films, The Breakfast Club is the one I feel best represents his excellent ability to showcase teenage angst and alienation. Set almost entirely in a school library, the film revolves around a group of diverse students who are forced to stay there for the entire day as punishment. The group, which consists of a jock, a rebel, a nerd, a beauty queen, and a weirdo, have no choice but to interact with each other and get to know each other in ways that makes that day a life-changing experience. One of the remarkable things about The Breakfast Club is how effective the ensemble cast is. There is no one role that shines above the rest, instead, all of them are given enough space to fully develop into characters the audience connects with. I remember watching this picture when I was a teenager and feeling a sense of belonging to this group. Their suspicion of the older generation as well as the sense of isolation from society really spoke to me and, I suspect, continues to do that with all teenagers who watch it. That is why I believe The Breakfast Club suffers from gross under-appreciation that should be watched not only by teenage delinquents but everyone.

Outstanding performances:

  • Emilio Estevez (as Andrew Clark)
  • Anthony Michael Hall (as Brian Johnson)
  • Judd Nelson (as John Bender)
  • Molly Ringwald (as Claire Standish)
  • Ally Sheedy (as Allison Reynolds)


1 hour and 37 minutes




Comedy / Drama

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