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The Breakfast Club

  R HD Closed Captioning

John Hughes

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Plot Summary

They were five students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say, but by 4 p.m. they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. John Hughes, creator of the critically acclaimed Sixteen Candles, wrote, directed and produced this hilarious and often touching comedy starring Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. To the outside world they were simply the Jock, the Brain, the Criminal, the Princess and the Kook, but to each other, they would always be The Breakfast Club.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 54
  • Fresh: 48
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Hughes may deserve more plaudits as a social worker than a filmmaker, but you have to admit his hokey situation plays. The reason is the five terrific young actors, who bring more conviction to these parts than they perhaps deserve. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Nov 9, 2015

Fresh: Rarely have on-screen teens felt this authentic. They bluster, bicker and trade horrible insults (whence the film's R rating), then suddenly expose their most guarded feelings. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Mar 23, 2015

Fresh: The Breakfast Club doesn't need earthshaking revelations; it's about kids who grow willing to talk to one another, and it has a surprisingly good ear for the way they speak. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: In The Breakfast Club, Hughes has created a surprisingly enduring motion picture that is still effective 13 years after its theatrical debut. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jul 8, 2008

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Customer Reviews


OMG! i had loved this movie the minute it started! its fun, entertaining, and you cant guess whats going to happen next! there are emotional, fun and dramatical scenes that will make you cry, or make you laugh hysterically. please tell if this review is good! xo

Detention has never been so interesting!

The Breakfast Club is an 80's classic, and timeless to the ages. It's common theme of teenage angst speaks to people of all ages and genders. Who, at one point in their life, wasn't labled something? The kids of The Breakfast Club each show us that no matter what you might be labled, by the end of this movie you will find that inside of you there is "In the simplest terms and most convenient definitions: A brain...and an athlete...and a basket case...a princess...and a criminal." Though this movie seems superficial on the outside, there is much to learn from these teenagers. It oversteps boundaries to find that even the most seemingly perfect of people are damaged. Through John Bender, Allison Reynolds, Andrew Clarke, Brian Johnson, and Claire Johnson were stuck in the library for a boring Saturday detention, this is one day that none of them will soon forget. They find parts of themselves they didn't know existed, and learned that they were more like each other then they would've ever thought. This movie has a perfect mix of drama, and comedy. It often breaks up the really intense parts of the movie with some form of comedic relief. This is a great movie, and although I recommend it to everyone, I obviously wouldn't show it to someone under the age of 14.

This is amazing!

My favorite movie of all time... It was hilarious! It was real! It was flat out great! Spectacular... phonomenal!! If you havent seen it... shame on you!!! Its amazing! I have nothing but good things to say about this movie... its just beautiful! There is no flaw to this! Non what so ever! I will definitly be buying this... YOU SHOULD TOOOOO!!!

The Breakfast Club
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1985

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