Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’85, cable in the 80’s, video, DVD, 26 Jun 2013 and 1 Apr 2018)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Five very different teens must spend a Saturday in detention where they all try and figure out who they really are.
My Take on it – This is a film that I can watch over and over and still enjoy each and every time because it is written so well.
I still recall seeing it in the theater at the young age of 11 (what were my parents thinking???) and have loved it ever since.
The story is written so well by John Hughes and he was able to create characters so different yet so similar that it’s so fascinating watching them evolve over the course of the film.
The cast is perfectly chosen and all 5 of the kids keep things interesting the entire time while having things stay balanced between them throughout.
The music of this film is superbly chosen and it’s hard to decide whether the music makes the film iconic or vice versa.
This film’s message about teenagers is truly spot on and still resonates even after 3+ decades.
This film still remains one of the very best films about teens ever written largely due to the fact that they all come across as seeming so realistic and genuine.
This is one of Hughes’ best films because it’s easy to feel for the characters throughout.
Can’t wait to watch this one again soon!
Bottom Line – This is such an amazing film to watch even after 33 years and multiple rewatches. The characters are written so well that it’s fascinating watching them evolve over the course of the film. The cast is superb and the balance between the characters works so well. Great 80’s music helps make the songs even more iconic due to their connection to this film. The message about the similarities and differences between teens is spot on and still resonates after so many years. This film still remains as one of the very best teen films ever written. Hughes was such a great writer and knew how to create such realistic characters fpor us to bond with. One of Hughes’ best films. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Vernon is based on a wrestling coach from John Hughes’ high school, who flunked him in gym. Hughes ran into him later, and the coach said the movie was good, but the teacher was a real jerk (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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