A Saturday High School detention brings students together with different reasons for being there, in the infectious comedy The Breakfast Club (1985).
The students are played by Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, who were all recognizable Hollywood names in the 1980’s, with this film landing many of them into the limelight.
Their mock-tough detention supervisor, played by Paul Gleason, assigns them to write an essay on “who they are” which gets blank stares. Instead, the students talk about all sorts of meaningless yet amusing things and wind up getting on each other’s nerves.
Firing off one-liners, John Bender (bent by name and game) doesn’t hold back, words which have an unbridled ring of honesty, and underlining humour. Bender is believable as the bully who has been bullied.
Yet the whole event is saying something–about transience, friendship, and healing. The real-life stuff that is hidden gets shared eventually.
There is coarse language at times. A scene where the students get ‘high’ on drugs is handled less than meaningfully, but with a touch of humour. I laughed only a couple of times. Even so, I appreciated the banter between the students, the always amusing role playing, the human connection, and the acting’s good. The Breakfast Club may even touch the cockles of your heart. It seems that when strangers at the same school get together there is the stuff they can talk about and connect with, despite all the other stuff that goes on.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Published 2020, http://www.oldreviews7.home.blog