I was never hungry to see this film … until it was too late!
The Breakfast club is the sort of movie you had to watch in the ’80s. Did you miss it? Then you are too late. Unfortunately, this is not some movie that ages very well. Strange though considering it deals with a pretty universal subject.
The story is about a couple of kids who have to go through detention after having done something inappropriate. There’s hardly anything else to say about this movie. The five troublemakers learn each other’s habits and backgrounds. And although the group first has to deal with initial primal feelings such as ‘hate’ and ‘lack of respect’ against one another, slowly but surely they grow closer to each other and create a fusion of mutual appreciation and camaraderie.
The movie depicts some serious sobbing and not just the girls. Emotions run high. There is shouting, fighting, dancing and even doing a little drugs. It’s a typical ’80s-gang who, under the unobservant eye of a school principal, can basically do whatever they want.
The very reason why this ’80s movie does not share the same momentum as other movies of the ’80s is simply because it has only little to offer. The movie isn’t bad, but there is just too little to enjoy to make it worthwhile. There is no action, no character depth that sticks and the topics shared amongst the students are hardly worth listening to.
And then there’s the acting. The acting is debatable. The actors themselves, with the exception of the rather talented Emilio Estevez, would never rise above this one particular success. And the movie itself suffers from a string of ridiculous plot holes and inconsistencies that undermine the credibility of the story.
(can anyone please tell me why the principal of this school is reading his newspaper in a different room, when he is so obviously an authority figure focused on order and discipline?
The result is that he has to walk countless of times from his office to the other classroom, whenever the kids make too much noise – why doesn’t he simply read his newspaper in the same classroom?)
did you know?
The scene in which all characters sit in a circle on the floor in the library and tell stories about why they were in detention was not scripted. Director John Hughes told them all to go with the flow … and make something up.
The breakfast club is an hour and a half of entertainment, but only on a nostalgic level. The acting is so-so and the story is hardly enough to raise a single eyebrow of interest.
The movie is about five school kids, each with their own background and characteristics who have to go through detention, under the watchful eye of the school’s principle who – for stupid reasons never explained – decides to sit in a room across the hall.
The Simple minds-song, ‘Don’t you forget about me?’, played at the beginning and end of the movie, holds more truth than was ever intended. The breakfast club is not really a movie worth of remembering … unless you’re a die hard-’80s fan or you have a crush on one of the actors!