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THE BREAKFAST CLUB

THE BREAKFAST CLUB1985

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I understand that it's close to blasphemy that it took me this long to watch The Breakfast Club, but now that I've seen it, you can all get off my back about it!

Essentially, we've got five teenagers from vastly different social circles all thrown together in a Saturday detention hall. We are introduced to "a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal" who absolutely loathe one another from the outset of their time together. However, as the day progresses, they begin to see that maybe they're not all that different after all.

With a plot so relatively simple, one can imagine that the film could have turned into a run-of-the-mill flick that was both cheesy and predictable. Instead, we're presented with a movie that they might as well have called "High Schooler Psychology 101." This is the most psychologically-infused look at what it means to be an individual in high school that I have yet to see. John Hughes hit the nail on the head with this one, and it's a shame I've wasted so much time without this film under my belt. The screenplay is tightly-written and extremely clever. Hughes definitely had his finger on the pulse of life as a teenager when he created this work of art. He crafted a film that's hysterical, touching and heartfelt all at the same time. It's hard not to laugh and cry along with the five characters presented to us on the screen.

The acting is also pitch-perfect as each character is brought to life with such authenticity that it's hard not to think about seeing these groups in your own high school years. Each actor brings both comedy and drama to the table, and it's hard to pick one as the stand-out of the group because they all have their moments. Just a stellar ensemble cast all around.

Oh, and can I just make the quick mention that the music was fantastic? From Simple Minds's "Don't You Forget About Me" bookending the film to the perfectly-scored instrumental sequences, the music is just perfect.

I'd really love to go into more detail, but I'm about to fall asleep at any moment, so I'll have to cut this off here. However, if you haven't seen The Breakfast Club yet, don't wait like I did - go watch it right now.

Grade: A
Current All-Time Rank: Best - #38
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