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All Movie GuideJohn Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the decade. Trapped in a day-long Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess Molly Ringwald; Andrew, the jock Emilio Estevez; John, the criminal Judd Nelson; Brian, the brain Anthony Michael Hall; and Allison, the basket case Ally Sheedy. These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school caste system. Yet the students bond together when faced with the villainous principal Paul Gleason, and they realize that they have more in common than they may think, including a contempt for adult society. "When you grow up, your heart dies," Allison proclaims in one of the film's many scenes of soul-searching, and, judging from the adults depicted in the film, the teen audience may very well agree. Released in a decade overflowing with derivative teen films, The Breakfast Club has developed an almost cult-like status, and it has become a classic of the genre thanks to its band of talented stars and attempt to examine the stereotypes found in American high schools.
On the eve of her sister's wedding, suburban teenager Samantha Molly Ringwald suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday. Even worse, some total dork Anthony Michael Hall keeps propositioning her with sophomoric innuendo when she really craves romantic attention from high-school hunk Jake Michael Schoeffling. Moving from Samantha's family home as it's invaded by outre relatives to a high-school dance where nothing seems to go her way, this bittersweet teen comedy traces the hopes and disappointments of not only Samantha, but also a host of incidental but memorable characters, from a hapless Japanese exchange student to a prom queen and a posse of barely pubescent nerds. A climactic party scene at which these various strata of young America overcome their rigid hierarchies sets the stage for resolutions both tender and torrid.
In this mild, standard teen farce, geared primarily for the barely teen set, two high-school students Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith rather miraculously create Lisa, the woman of their dreams Kelly LeBrock via some computer hocus-pocus. Although the two libidinous youths could easily take advantage of the sexually mature and open-minded Lisa, she becomes their mentor instead. Her mission is to help them get the young women they want, but first she has to loosen them up a bit, and in that pursuit the two young teens find themselves in some unusual situations, including an Afro-American nightclub.