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5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic 80s, 14 April 2010
This review is from: The Breakfast Club [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
Brilliant film, I first saw this back in 1985 and have seen it a couple of times since, but at this price it was a must buy.

Watching it again, the film has lost none of its magic. In someways it is ageless and you'll see it through the eyes of your younger self, but in other ways you will notice new aspects everytime you watch it as the passing years move you to a more mature perspective.

The story, as you most probably know, revolves around 5 stereo-typical students from varying categories of student society being forced to attend a Saturday detention as a punishment for their misdemeanours. As their crimes and souls are laid bare the under lying futility of life is exposed.

One of the more critical reviews focused on the stereotyping of the characters, but this is to miss the whole message of the film. The 5 protagonists are deliberately stereotyped then taken out of their comfort zone and forced to interact in a confined environment - a sort of pro-type Big Brother.

What they learn from the experience is that in many ways they are the same, everyone has their hopes and their fears, each is a hostage to society, and no matter how much how you rebel you are really only ever gone to play the role laid out for you. The differences are in how society perceives them and the role they must play.

This is all exposed when Brian's essay, "Who do we think we are...", is narrated emotively at the end by the authoritarian teacher, as each of the 5 make their way back to normal life with their paths diverging once more as the pulsating "Don't you Forget About Me" fades in.

I once saw this film reviewed in a newspaper in the mid 90s, undoubtably by some young reviewer, as "tired and cliched". Yes, this storyline has been much covered, but that is since, and never so eloquently - in my mind the Breakfast Club is iconic and genre-defining establishing John Hughes as one of the seminal film-makers of the 80s.

Good soundtrack too - particulary Simple Minds and Wang Chung.
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