A Saturday High School detention brings students from different walks of life together.
The Breakfast Club (1985) stars Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, who were all recognizable Hollywood names in the 1980’s, The Breakfast Club landing many of them into the limelight.
The students’ tough supervisor, played by Paul Gleason, assigns them to write an essay on “who they are” which gets blank stares. Instead of writing about their assigned subject, they talk smart while the teacher gets on their nerves and vice versa.
The five students wind up grating each other as their conversations turn personal, which has a ring of truth about it. Later, they talk about life when the conversations turn serious and meaningful. The real-life stuff they’d been hiding eventually gets shared.
The whole event is saying something about transience, friendship, and healing—unusually so for detention.
Judd Nelson as John Bender (bent by name and game) is believable as the bully who has been bullied. Firing off one-liners, he doesn’t hold back, words which have an unbridled ring of honesty, and underlining humour.
There is coarse language at times and a scene where the students get ‘high’ on drugs is handled with a touch of humour and less than meaningfully.
I laughed only a couple of times, but I was entertained all the way. I appreciated the banter between the students, the amusing role-playing, the human connection, and the acting’s good as well.
The Breakfast Club may even touch the cockles of your heart. It seems that when strangers at the same school get together there is life stuff that they can talk about and connect with, despite all the other stuff that goes on.
The Breakfast Club (1985) Starring: Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy. Director: John Hughes.