The Breakfast Club

Year: 1985
Directed By: John Hughes
Written By: John Hughes

RYAN’S REVIEW

This movie is out of order in the blog because Amber just bought it the other day.  I was really pleased and surprised when she brought it home because I think it is a terrific movie.  I haven’t seen this movie all the way through since I was in high school, so I have really enjoyed revisiting it. I have never really connected with this film on a personal level and I think that’s why we haven’t owned it before.  It is an undeniable classic though and I always love adding classics into the collection.

Like when we have reviewed certain other classics, like Caddyshack or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, I don’t think you need me to vouch for this film. Most people know how great this movie is because it’s the kind of movie nearly everyone has seen. If somehow you haven’t seen this movie there is really just one thing I think you should know before going in…it has nothing to do with breakfast.  I think the title The Breakfast Club is awesome but it is an unusual name for the movie. Early in the film the characters discuss the clubs that they are part of. Brian mentions that he is a member of a few math clubs and it is he that coins the title later in the film. Bender also asks the question “what club do you belong to?” Maybe after the time they have spent together and the things they shared with one another they belong to each other in some way, they are their own club at the end of the day.

John Hughes made many great and iconic movies but this one is near the top of his all-time greats.  We will have several opportunities to discuss John Hughes though, we own many of his films. His regulars Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were both at their best in this movie.  Emilio Estevez is good as the straight-laced jock.  Judd Nelson is incredible as John Bender, it is his role that makes the movie so great.  They are all great and bring something good to the film but I think Nelson set himself apart with his role. Paul Gleason always has been the guy he played in this movie when I see him, so I have never been a big fan.

This movie was the main reference point for the pilot episode of my current favorite tv show.  The first episode of NBC’S Community made several references to this film and it was actually dedicated to the memory of John Hughes, who had died recently.  It was a great tribute to a man who left a big mark on the industry, he was legendary and Community has continued to reference his films throughout the series.  Community is one of the most creative and intelligent shows I have ever seen and it is actually in danger of being cancelled now.  This is a show that thinks outside of the box, it’s clever and special, but it will be a casualty due to lack of ratings unless we all support the show. I implore anyone who reads this to watch Community when it returns to the NBC line-up. Watch the earlier seasons of the show online or on DVD and get ready for new episodes.  This is one of the best shows I have ever seen, and I really hope NBC decides to keep it going.

In closing I will simply say that it has been a lot of fun to see this movie again.  The soundtrack is worth mentioning before I wrap this up too, it’s a great contemplation of 80’s songs.  I love the Simple Minds song that serves as the theme for the movie, but doesn’t everybody? This movie is great and I think it is more than worth your time.

AMBER’S REVIEW

Ah. The Breakfast Club. We didn’t own this movie, that’s why it wasn’t reviewed with the “B’s.” When Ryan has a bad day at work or a bad in general, I know that I can go and get him a movie and the world is right again. Well, such a day happened last week and as I was going to the dreaded Wal-Mart anyway…I decided to peruse the movie section when I came across this movie for a completely reasonable price. I know some people who absolutely live and die by this movie. I really enjoy it. It is one of those movies that we can all relate to in one way or another. There is probably a good chance that we are all like one if the teenagers in the film. We probably had the same upbringing and feelings that these kids had.

If you haven’t seen this movie before, it is surprising. I honestly think everyone should see this movie. It is a classic and often a go-to for parodies. Definitely check this film out if you have never seen it before.

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