Monday, January 14, 2013

The Breakfast Club (1985) review


If you watch any of the teen comedies from the eighties, this should be the one you see. It's funny and clever with a suprising amount of emotion from all characters.

PLOT:A brain (Anthony Michael Hall), a princess (Molly Ringwald), a basket case (Ally Sheedy), a criminal (Judd Nelson), and an athlete (Emilio Estavez) all get detention on the same Saturday at their school, led by Mr. Vernon (Paul Gleason). Mr. Vernon is determined to make these teenagers' life a living hell for the next eight hours, but when he's not looking, these odd five teens fight and throw insults at each other fiercely. However, these five complete strangers may end up being best friends by the end of the day. It's a good plot executed brilliantly.

ACTING:The performances in here are great. All of the teenagers did a brilliant job with their roles. The usuals, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall, did two very great jobs as Claire and Brian. Of course, Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estavez did just as good a job as Allison and Andrew. The best of the teens, however, was Judd Nelson as John Bender. He really stood out as the over-active and misunderstood criminal character. The only other performance worth noting would be Paul Gleason as Mr. Vernon.

SCORE:The score in here was pretty good. Most of it was pop-like eighties score, but it really fit the mood, including the memorable "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds.

OTHER CONTENT:This eighties teen comedy film has got the be the best of them, especially in the John Hughes canon. The performances lead it into a very entertaining and substantial film overall. Not only is it a very funny look into teen life, but it's also clever and carries a pretty major emotional impact. One of the many good things about this film is that it can stand alone as either a straight comedy or an emotional teen drama. John Hughes really struck gold on this one.

OVERALL,an epic John Hughes film with a brilliant plot, great acting, good score, funny comedy, lots of cleverness, and a major emotional impact.

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