The Breakfast Club (1985) – Encore Review 3

“Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?” – 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, 28 Jan 2020 and 11 Jun 2021)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – Five High school students must spend their Saturday in detention and learn so much about themselves over the course of the day.

My Take on it – This is a film that has made such a large impact on me ever since I first saw it as an 11 year old in the theater.

The characters have always come across as seeming so real to me and despite each being a stereotype, they were truly able to make each of them feel quite realistic.

John Hughes apparently was always a kid at heart and he is able to create such a profound script about these seemingly diverse characters.

the dialogue is spectacular and the way they all interact with one another along the way is so enjoyable to watch.

This film helped propel the careers of Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez and Anthony Michael Hall who were all part of The Brat Pack.

The casting of Paul Gleason as the principal is great and he excels in this role, despite being the butt of so many jokes along the way.

Watching this film as adult allows me to have a completely different perspective on things than I did 36 years ago when it came out and in some ways it helps enhance things because I can look at these characters from two very different perspectives and get an understanding of it as both a kid and an adult.

The story is told in a very profound way and works so well that I can easily watch it over and over and never get bored of the story, the plot or the characters.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  John Kapelos jokingly warned the young actors to not overdo their intensity, laughingly noting that Martin Sheen once suffered a serious heart attack while filming Apocalypse Now (1979). Emilio Estevez (Andrew Clark) was enraged by the remark, and Kapelos was then stunned to learn that Martin was Estevez’s father. While Estevez accepted Kapelos’ apology and filming was unaffected, Kapelos said years later he still felt terrible about what he said, even though he hadn’t had any idea about the connection between Sheen and Estevez, and had offended Estevez completely inadvertently. When Kapelos guest-starred on The West Wing (1999), he told Martin Sheen this story. Sheen thought it was very funny, which provided Kapelos a small amount of relief from the chagrin he had felt about the incident since it happened. (From IMDB)

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


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