Genre Grandeur – The Breakfast Club (1985) – Encore Review 2 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Youth-Led Movies, here’s a review of The Breakfast Club (1985) by Me

Thanks again to Sally of 18 Cinema Lane for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Bubbawheat of Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights and we will be reviewing our favorite Animated Comic Book/Strip Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Feb by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Bubbawheat!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place. ” – John Bender

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’85, cable in the 80’s, video, DVD, 26 Jun 2013, 1 Apr 2018 and 28 Jan 2020)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – Five very different high school students must spend Saturday in detention and end up discovering much about themselves along the way.

My Take on it – This is the final of my four reviews for this months GG and once again, this is a film that I was introduced to at an early age and has had a very profound effect on me ever since.

This is a movie that is able to tell us so much about how the mind of a teenager works.

The story and plot is quite timeless because of the way that this film is dialogue driven.

Most of the film takes place in one room where the character get to discus their lives attempting to find answer to practically unanswerable questions.

The cast of this film is superb and it’s wondrous to see where the careers of these actors have skyrocketed to after making this film.

The types of issues that this film deals with are quite powerful and relate to parent-student relations, student-student relations and teacher-student relations that still remain relevant 35 years later.

The conversations and discussions that these kids have over the course of their day in detention are extremely powerful and touch upon some very profound issues throughout.

This allows us to get a better understanding of how the world works especially from the perspective of teenagers looking to see where they will venture to following high school.

This is an extremely quotable film and that adds so much to the enjoyment of rewatching this John Hughes classic and timeless tale once again.

Bottom Line – Such an amazing film that is able to tell us so much about the teenage mind. The story is quite timeless and as a character study works just as well now as it did 35 years ago. The cast is superb and its great to see how much they have all accomplished in their careers ever since. The film deal with some very poignant issues that are relevant to teacher-student relations, student-student relations and of course parent-student relations. The discussions that these character conduct over the course of the film are quite powerful because it allows us to get a better understanding of how things work in the world, especially for teenagers looking towards their future. The film is quite quotable and that adds so much to the enjoyment of rewatching another John Hughes classic once again. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Judd Nelson improvised the part at the closing of the film where Bender raises his fist in defiance. He was supposed to just walk into the sunset, so to speak, and John Hughes asked him to play around with a few actions. When he was done and they were finishing up, Nelson threw his fist up without running it by anyone. Everyone loved it, and it has also become an iconic symbol of the 1980s. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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3 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – The Breakfast Club (1985) – Encore Review 2 – MovieRob

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