This review has its origins in taking a gander at Fangirl via Netflix Instant. That film led to revisiting prior teen flicks which, of course, led to John Hughes’ seminal classic The Breakfast Club. To say that you should run to go see this wouldn’t really do the film justice, and honestly if you haven’t already it’s likely because you’re much younger than one would like to think but let’s not dwell too much on that. Suffice it to say that this film falls under the Must See Film category.

John Hughes’ seminal classic The Breakfast Club

At this point more than thirty years after its initial release, the tropes that John Hughes employed in The Breakfast Club are likely familiar to us all which would likely affect your viewing and appreciation (or lack thereof) of it. Having a group of misfits from across the spectrum of cliques and personality types is not uncommon to most film and television offerings any more. Regardless of that, Hughes’ ear for dialogue and uncanny knack for knowing how teens and adults alike speak with one another makes what would typically be familiar fresh.

The premise is that five students have earned themselves a Saturday detention–which would NOT be the case in this day and age, as Saturday work details have been incorporated into normally scheduled after school detentions (in case you were curious about how it’s done at my current school). Throughout the day, all of them go through an Odyssey-like voyage–inasmuch as one can through that kind of journey on a high school campus (and within a few hours). It’s a difficult thing to remain relevant even across thirty some years, yet this happens in this film.

Characters are extremely easy to relate to, though some may argue not as fully developed (some, not this reviewer). Honestly, this is the film that all other teen dramedys likely try to emulate. Even a Dan Schneider teen comedy paid homage to it–which led to some 6th grade students recognizing passing references to the source material. There isn’t enough time and/or space to fully laud what can be considered one of Hughes’ masterpieces, so just procure it in some way and watch for yourself if you haven’t already. Do it. Now.