The Breakfast Club

"We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all."

release year: 1985
genre: comedy
viewing setting: home DVD, 12/13/13

synopsis: Five high school students, all very different, spend a Saturday in detention and learn that they actually have things in common.

impressions: This is one of those classics from the mid-1980s. Its basic point is that whatever their attitude and background, most kids have the same problems and challenges. It also manages to be both serious and funny, at different times.

acting: Emilio Estevez is the jock. Judd Nelson is the punk. Anthony-Michael Hall is the nerd. Molly Ringwald is the princess. Ally Sheedy is the freak. Paul Gleason is the principal, who thinks the kids are getting worse over the years when the truth is he's just getting older and more cynical.

final word: Outstanding comedic look at high school life in the 1980s.

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