Overview of The Breakfast Club
While trying to pass the time during their eight-hour detention, they end up getting into
Hi there I'm Brice Sander for About.com. If you love eighties teen movies, then it doesn't get much better than the classic coming of age flick, The Breakfast Club. Like many teen movies directed by John Hughes, the Breakfast Club--which premiered in 1985-- is set in a Chicago suburbs high school. Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy star as five students who gather on a Saturday morning for an all day detention session. They all come from different clicks-- a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. At the beginning of the movie, the teens appear to have almost nothing in common. While trying to pass the time during their eight-hour detention, they end up getting into all sorts of shenanigans and slowly open up to each other. They discover that they are more alike than different. At the end of the detention Brian--the brain-- writes a letter to the assistant principal informing him they were not going to write the essay about who they are, which he assigned to them at the beginning of the day--he has already judged them and thinks he knows who they are. The letter is signed the movie's namesake, The Breakfast Club. A few interesting quirks about the filming--In order to make the high school experience more real, Hughes insisted the whole cast and crew eat lunch together in the Maine North High School cafeteria-- the location for shooting of the film.Also, the scene near the end of the movie, where all of the characters sit in a circle and fully open to each other was completely ad-libbed as directed by Hughes. While there were original talks about a sequel, it never happened due to the rather nasty relationship between director John Hughes and actor Judd Nelson who played John Bender-- "the criminal". The film was named number one on Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 teen Movies and placed on the New York Times' "Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made" list. On its 20th anniversary, it received the Silver Bucket of Excellence Award at the MTV Movie Awards. Thanks for watching our profile of The Breakfast Club, for more information check out About.com.