Retro Review: The Breakfast Club

This review originally appeared at brenthanson.net on May 16, 2004

Movie
I can’t talk about The Breakfast Club without sounding like I have a non-sexual man crush on John Hughes. I’m not exactly sure if this is my favorite 80’s movie, but its probably the most fun to watch. They’ll replay this on TBS probably about 5-10 times a month (just a guess), and if I see it on, I’ll drop everything and watch the end of the movie. I’m still amazed that until this year, I had actually never seen the start of this movie.
Five high schools who have little to do with each other are forced to spend a Saturday in detention in the school library with only Principal Richard Vernon (Paul Gleason) to supervise them. Among the five students are the jock Andy (Emilio Estevez), the nerd Brian (80’s legend Anthony Michael Hall), the bad kid John Bender (Judd Nelson), the popular girl Claire (Molly Ringwald), and the outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy). At the beginning of the day, the five want absolutely nothing to do with each other. By the end of the day, they have a complete understanding for each other even though they may not go on to be the best of friends throughout the rest of their high school careers. Their day together in detention has taught them that even though they come from different backgrounds, they still are much more similar than they could have ever imagined.
I think the real beauty about this movie is the characters. As stereotypical as they might be, they all are very easy for almost anyone to relate to. I even found that as I grew older, I started to even feel sympathetic towards the principal and the janitor. Even if you yourself was more like Claire (the Molly Ringwald character) or Andy (the Mighty Ducks guy), you can still relate to both the nerdy Brian and the tough guy Bender.


Video & Sound
While it “looks good for an 80’s flick”, I definitely wouldn’t hold the re-release of the Breakfast Club up next to any of the new stuff being released on DVD these days. It is presented in anamorphic widescreen and it’s good enough that you can throw away your copy on VHS. The sound, while presented in DTS and Dolby DIgital 5.1, is average at best. You’ll never hear Simple Minds “Don’t Forget About Me” sound better, though!


Extras
Nope… nothing other than trailers for the other John Hughes movies.


Closing Thoughts…
You’re not going to find a nicer slice of 80’s nostalgia than this! I’d imagine almost everyone has at least flipped through this movie on TBS at least once. If you’re a fan of the 80’s, you’ve gotta buy this up on DVD!


Movie – 8
Video & Sound – 5
Extras – 0
Overall – 6