The Breakfast Club

  • 15
  • John Hughes (1985)
  • US
  • 92 min
The Breakfast Club
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

One of the high-water marks of the 1980s Brat Pack cycle, this Saturday detention drama from director John Hughes has lost some of its freshness in the face of time and endless inferior imitations. Yet this chat-fest still rings true often enough to be relevant to both overgrown teenagers and the disgruntled kids of today. Brat Packers Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy are joined by teen favourite of the time Molly Ringwald and the underestimated Anthony Michael Hall for a mix of justified grievances, self-pitying whinges and hard-hitting home truths. The girls easily outshine the boys, but everyone manages to breathe a little life into their essentially clichéd characters.

Plot Summary

Teenage drama starring Emilio Estevez and Molly Ringwald. A group of five strangers are thrown together one Saturday in high-school detention. Before the day is over, they will break all the rules, bare their souls and find true friendship in the unlikeliest of places.

Cast and crew


Andrew Clark
Emilio Estevez
Claire Standish
Molly Ringwald
John Bender
Judd Nelson
Allison Reynolds
Ally Sheedy
Brian Johnson
Anthony Michael Hall
Richard Vernon
Paul Gleason
John Kapelos
Allison's father
Perry Crawford
Brian's sister
Mary Christian
Andy's father
Ron Dean
Claire's father
Tim Gamble
Allison's mother
Fran Gargano
Brian's mother
Mercedes Hall
Brian's father
John Hughes


John Hughes

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Swearing and drug abuse.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15