The Breakfast Club
In writer-director John Hughes's seminal 1980s Brat Pack film, the athlete (Emilio Estevez), the brain (Anthony Michael Hall), the criminal (Judd Nelson), the princess (Molly Ringwald) and the basket case (Ally Sheedy) break through the social barriers of high school during Saturday detention. The disparate group clashes at first but begin to bond as they reveal their feelings and find a common enemy in their bully principal (Paul Gleason).
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- John Hughes
- This movie is
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; production notes; cast/crew biographies; film highlights.
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: DTS 2.0 HDOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this classic '80s film deals with themes that may be inappropriate for younger teens. Topics such as suicide, depression, social alienation, materialism, sex, and parental physical and emotional abuse are discussed openly. Main characters use very strong language, including "f--k," smoke pot on-screen in the school library, and mock authority figures. One smokes cigarettes, draws a switchblade, and makes lewd gestures. He reveals cigar burns on his body as evidence of his father's abuse. The film does positively encourage the breakdown of social barriers as a means of identification and improved communication.
- Sexual Content
- Kids are pressed to discuss virginity. A character places his head between a girl's knees. A student pretends to be a "nymphomaniac" and claims someone "nailed me." Many sexual references: "Did you slip her the hot beef injection?" "Riding the hobby horse?" A girl kisses a boy she seems to hate.
- A student wields a knife but doesn't use it. He shows a scar, claiming it was caused when his father burned him with a lit cigar. Gallantly reacting to a bully, a student threatens to beat the bully up. A student describes taping a weaker kid's buttocks together. A student describes contemplating suicide because of a low grade. A teacher shoves a bully and threatens to beat him up. A janitor blackmails a teacher.
- "Damn," "screw," "nuts," "turd," "dildo," "puke," "beaver shot," "slut," "ass," "s--t," "f--k," "bitch," "shut up," "prick," and "scumbag."
- Social Behavior
- Stereotyping people is a bad idea. Though the movie pretends to disparage peer pressure and social falsehood, the five detained strangers all succumb to peer pressure immediately by not ratting on a disruptive boy who abuses them and also breaks the rules. High school students show disrespect toward authority figures and each other. A student defiantly destroys school property and verbally abuses his fellow detainees. A girl suggests that popularity is a burden, but she doesn't want to relinquish her position.
- Students drink Coke.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters smoke pot. One smokes cigarettes in the school library. A student claims to drink vodka.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it