The Breakfast Club Movie Review Summary

Actors: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The Breakfast Club

Five high school students, Andy, Brian, Claire, John and Allison are sentenced to detention and are forced to spend their Saturday in the school library.
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The principal, Dick, forces them each to write an essay.
The kids are all different stereotypes. Andy is a jock that hates his father and tries living up to his expectations.
Andy is a bad boy with an abusive father. Claire is a spoiled rich girl whose parents are having problems. Allison is a weird girl who entertains thoughts of running away. Brian is a geek who gets good grades, but is cracking under the pressure.
Throughout the course of the day, these five people that couldn't be more different begin pouring their hearts out to each other and discover that they've got a lot more in common that they thought.
By the end of the day they'd become friends and learned a lot about themselves each other and life in general.
Brian writes a single essay that expresses all of their thoughts and critisizes Dick for making them waste their Saturday in detention and for treating them like criminals and making them feel like they'll never amount to anything.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson

An unlikely group of teenagers are thrown together to make the most of a detention assignment. It has many sad moments that transport you right back to your own high school days. All the social groups are represented. Ringwold plays the pretty popular girl. Estevez the high school jock. Hall plays what he does so well , high school nerd. Sheedy plays the girl no one even notices and Nelson a sensitive bad boy. They share some very tender moments but you know the next day at school they never speak to each other again just like in real life.
The review of this Movie prepared by Angela Cowart

5 Kids from very different cliques in H.S. get sentenced to detention and find that they really aren't so different after all. The Princess(Ringwald) and the Criminal(Nelson) get together and the Basket Case(Sheedy) and Athlete(Estevez) also end up together. Conversations centered around sex, growing up and group discussion on how all the kids made it into detention. Ringwald ends up seducing Nelson in the closet-no sex though.
The review of this Movie prepared by MaryB

Five high schoolers who would never have hung out together otherwise get stuck in detention on a Saturday afternoon, sitting in the school library and assigned to write an essay for the principal. They are: Andrew Clarke, the Athlete (Estevez); John Bender, the Criminal (Nelson); Claire Standish, the Princess (Ringwald); Brian Ralph Johnson, the Brain (Hall); and Allison Reynolds, the Burnout Case (Sheedy). Quiet at first, they get to talking and discover they have a lot in common . . . but will they still be friends come Monday? Writer-director John Hughes put together this 1985 charmer right after doing "National Lampoon's Vacation" and "Sixteen Candles." Ringwald, who usually played awkward and brainy outsiders, is miscast as a prom queen, and Sheedy's character is underdeveloped, but the film has its moments. This slight movie is mostly interesting for its showcasing of the Brat Pack actors near the dawn of their careers.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

It seemed like a normal day in detention with each group represented. There's the Jock (Estivez), the Criminal (Nelson), the Princess (Ringwald), the Brain (Hall), and the Basket Case (Sheedy). Yet these kids, left alone for hours, learn things about each other, and themselves. They start to grow on one another and wonder if they'll be able to continue this friendship when school starts on Monday. A very deep and often funny movie from John Hughes.
The review of this Movie prepared by Adam D. Bram

Script Analysis of The Breakfast Club

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   committing crimes Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   learns to be more sensitive    -   (General) search for meaning/identity Age group    -   trouble in high school

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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