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3 1/2 stars (65/100)

The Breakfast Club

1985 · 1hr 37min · R
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If I had to guess why this film has enjoyed such an enduring reputation, it’d be the long conversation in the third act, coupled with the trajectory Ringwald and some of the other actors were on. The conversation scene feels like the meat of what Hughes was going for—and showcases strong directing choices that are all but absent beforehand—but the first half spends way too much time on juvenile pranks and bickering, with more focus on the Judd Nelson character than he (or Nelson) merits. Possibly, in its era, this was needed to soften up the audience and make them more receptive to the third act?

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