The Breakfast Club

1985 R 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Breakfast Club

1985 R 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD
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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).
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: DTS 2.0 HD
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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