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428. The Breakfast Club

Published May 24, 2014

Background info

Title: The Breakfast Club Director: John Hughes Year: 1985 Run time: 1hr 37m

“They were five students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 am, they had nothing to say, but by 4pm they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. 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.”

Live blog

1:09 - One minute in, I’m already in trouble for only knowing this song from Pitch Perfect. 3:26 - Detention on a Saturday is bad enough, let alone at 7am! 5:33 - Ha, the kid was in his spot. 9:45 - I know this film is about not stereotyping but Bender IS utterly terrifying. 12:03 - I love printouts from a dot matrix. 13:01 - “I’m in the math club.” 17:35 - I can understand why someone wouldn’t want to talk, but she’s actually squeaking. 18:50 - It’s all about the subtleties here. 19:14 - No one actually says ‘eat my shorts’ do they? 24:25 - He’s putting all the record cards out of order. Argh! 37:06 - Bless Brian. 41:36 - Those fingerless glove things are awful. 48:53 - B-O-O-H-O-O. 52:09 - Can’t believe he actually locked him in there, but you can’t keep a bad kid down. 56:08 - Did he just light a match off his teeth? How does that work? 1:00:58 - “I guess I never throw anything away.” 1:06:34 - It is terrifying that kids these days are someday going to run the country. 1:10:42 - “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.” 1:29:42 - She’s doing a makeover, but I’m pretty sure John cleaned his teeth with that brush.

Conclusions

I’ve seen this once before, and thought it was pretty good, but I couldn’t remember an awful lot about it. Mr C was keen to watch it because of the crying at the end of Pitch Perfect.

The second viewing for me showed that it was good, and I love the concept - just five kids spending the day together and getting to know each other.

It felt weird, the idea of a Saturday detention, one that lasts all day, and is mostly unsupervised like that. I can’t really picture a school in which you can dance around like that and smoke whatever you like.

So, on the one hand it’s great, on the other, I can’t really see what all the fuss is about. Especially not the Pitch Perfect fuss.

Rating: 3/5

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