The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Blu-ray Disc - 2010 | Blu-ray version.
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Five teens with nothing in common spend a Saturday detention in the school library. By 4 P.M. they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends.
Audience: OFRB rating: AA.
Publisher: Universal City : Universal Studios, ℗2010.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Break
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English and French with English, French, and Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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Sure, this is the movie everyone thinks of when they think '80s teen movie', but with good reason. It's funny, sad and hopeful all at once and illustrates the class structure of high school.

Teens from different cliques in high school spend detention on a Saturday afternoon together. What could possibly happen?!


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dmasterson
May 12, 2020

One of the stronger teen movies from the 80s. This will likely hold up for a while. Touching and entertaining.

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amanoletters99
Feb 15, 2020

This film is so well written and structured, that even the few 'slow' scenes don't distract from its brilliance, but only if you mute the Simple Minds' songs (Blah!). If you do borrow this version, watch the deleted scenes feature and jump to Carl's "the janitor" full library speech on the custodial arts. It should have been in the final cut as it explains everything.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 03, 2020

The Breakfast Club is a classic film from amazing director John Hughes. The film is a good film that has a diverse cast of characters, each coming from different places that come together for an unlikely group in the unlikeliest of places. The film does well with writing these characters and making them feel real. The smallest of characters still have their charm and don't get outshined by the stars. Even though this was released many years ago, the problems they face are still the same problems that any teen experiences. Whether that says something about our society or not is something to consider. The actors do a very believable job of portraying their characters and were well-casted. They also look their age too! A lot of these movies tend not to make the actors look believable, but this does. It also does a great job of utilizing one setting. Overall, this is a good film that you can watch many times. 4/5
@CorporalKronos of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Breakfast Club movie is a pretty good film. I have seen this movie a countless number of times, and it is just a classic overall. In my opinion, I feel like The Breakfast Club is a bit overrated. It is not the greatest movie of all time, but so many people in the media reference this movie or say it is one of the greatest 80’s films. Don’t get me wrong - the movie certainly is a classic, I just feel like it is not that exciting. For instance, the movie is pretty slow. It basically takes place in only one room for the entirety of the film, and I get bored during many scenes (just like the characters were as they are stuck in detention). The movie is okay, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who has not seen it before. Overall, I would rate this movie a ⅗.
@Montgomery of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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iloveseaotters
May 26, 2019

Back when Breakfast Club was in theaters, I just couldn't get enough of it. Absolutely hilarious movie with a great cast. However, watching it now, I am amazed at how much bad language was included in these classic 80's John Hughes films. It just doesn't make me laugh like it used to. However, newcomers to this movie will love it.

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mgrenon
Jan 06, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gives it five stars!

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P58Jackson
May 20, 2018

Okay. Starts somewhat slow. For the most part ends well.

SPPL_Joey Mar 21, 2018

"Could you describe the ruckus, sir?"

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VonHafenstaaad
Jan 20, 2018

Powerful and iconic, The Breakfast Club is a well-filmed, well-acted, and quite entertaining coming-of-age film that is, to this day, surprisingly and effectively relatable.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 09, 2017

You have the rebel, the princess, the jock, the outcast, and the brainy, and they are all trapped in after-school detention together. Under the rule of their power hungry principal, they try to make the best of their time and get to know each other in the most personal of ways. This 80’s classic reveals what it is like to be a highschool student and a part of different cliques, as well as personal struggles that you may endure at home. I can re-watch this movie, again and again, therefore I am rating it 5/5 stars and recommending it to anyone who likes older films. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This 80's film captures the social aspects of high school by showing what happens when you place a jock, a princess, a rebel, an outcast, and a brainy in school detention together. Each student is assigned the task to write an essay about who they think they are. Being teenagers, they don't know the answer either. This movie teaches us not to judge before we know, and not to react until we understand. By learning the story of each person and how they ended up in that library doing a Saturday detention, John Hughes has captured what it means to be human. 
- @Moviecritquer01 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Breakfast Club is one of the most well-known, classic 80’s movies from John Hughes. It is the perfect teen movie that everybody can enjoy and love. It follows the story of five high school students who all find themselves in detention on a Saturday morning. They are reluctant to get along until the end when they learn about each other and their very different lives. All of the characters are all so well-developed and interesting, it’s so hard to pick a favourite. The actors are just as amazing, and the soundtrack is iconic. I would rate this 4/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This movie is truly a classic. It has a wonderful message and shows how even the most different people can come together. This movie has to be one of my favourites. It is such a good film and I was never bored or confused. I always understood what was going on, and I liked every part of it. I would highly recommend this movie to tweens, teenagers, and young adults.
Overall I rate it 4/5.
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Les_J
Mar 04, 2017

the Goldbergs tv show this season had an episode mimicking this classic movie. I agree with many of the comments / reviews below, Breakfast Club is one of the greatest movies ever, even if unbelievable.

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tlazo
Jul 06, 2016

"Eat my Shorts" - John Bender

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britprincess1
Jun 17, 2013

Allison: "Why are you being so nice to me?" Claire: "Because you're letting me!"

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britprincess1
Jun 17, 2013

Brian Johnson: "When I step outside myself kinda, and when I, when I look in at myself you know? And I see me and I don't like what I see, I really don't."

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britprincess1
Jun 17, 2013

John Bender: "Without lamps, there'd be no light."

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britprincess1
Jun 17, 2013

John Bender: "PB & J with the crusts cut off. Well, Brian, this is a very nutritious lunch; all the food groups are represented. Did your mom marry Mr. Rogers?"

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britprincess1
Jun 17, 2013

Principal Richard Vernon: "I've got you for the rest of your natural born life, if you don't watch your step. "

laustcawz Aug 16, 2012

Alison: "When you grow up, your heart dies."

laustcawz Aug 16, 2012

To continue from bdls206-- Andrew: "Yeah, well, he's got a name." John: "Yeah?" Andrew: "Yeah. What's your name?" Brian: "Brian." Andrew: "See?" John: "My condolences."

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LeDoux
Aug 06, 2012

Dear Mr. Vernon,
we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole saturday in detention for whatever it is we did wrong, but we think you're crazy for making us write an essay telling you who we think we are.
You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out, is that each one of us is a brain,
and an athlete,
and a basketcase,
a princess,
and a criminal.

Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours,

The Breakfast Club.

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LeDoux
Aug 06, 2012

"Chicks...canNOT handle 'dey smoke! 'DAS wot it is."

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Darth777Vader
Jul 30, 2013

Other: The characters smoke pot in one part of the movie.

bookgeek101 Jan 23, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Throughtout the movie they talk about problems that they have.

bookgeek101 Jan 23, 2013

Sexual Content: Talk about virginity alot. Underwear is seen.

bookgeek101 Jan 23, 2013

Violence: Talk about abuse and shows some cars and markings on his skin.

bookgeek101 Jan 23, 2013

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing, and obsense hand gestures.

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LeDoux
Aug 06, 2012

Other: Drug use

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Apr 16, 2011

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

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