Everyone has a go-to feel good movie, and if you don’t, then you should. It’s the film that you turn to when you’re down, the one you watch when you’re in bed not feeling your best, or even just one to enjoy when you need a smile. For me, that film has always been The Breakfast Club.
This 1985 classic sits at the heart of the Brat Pack era; alongside director John Hughes other famed successes Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles, and starring my favourite ‘80s sweetheart, Molly Ringwald.
If you’ve somehow made it this far in life without watching The Breakfast Club here’s the short version. Five high school students representing distinct teen stereotypes are forced to endure a Saturday detention together, under the tyranny of principal Vernon.
Who are the five characters? Our iconic teens are the princess, Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald), the criminal John Bender (Judd Nelson), basket case Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall) and athlete Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez).
What The Breakfast Club does exceptionally well, and others that followed have failed at, is to deliver those high school stereotypes but with enough depth to avoid a cringeful cliché. Each character is recognisable, but not so overdrawn that they stop being real people.
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