Kehr Capsule of the Week: The Breakfast Club (1985)

 
John Hughes’s film seems meant to explain 80s youngsters to yesterday’s youth, and comes to the comforting conclusion that they’re just as alienated, idealistic, and vulnerable as the baby boomers of the 1960s. The chosen format is the Broadway encounter group, in which a circle of cross-sectional characters (one from every major high school social group) get together to swap dreams and anxieties and come out with a better understanding of themselves and the world they live in; needless to say, these kids wouldn’t so much as speak to each other in real life. With Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy.

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