Read THR's 1985 Review - The Hollywood Reporter

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Read THR's 1985 Review - The Hollywood Reporter

High school detention, most will attest, is a grim and dull experience. This film is not only about high school detention, it is similar to it. Audience members may feel like they've been sentenced, along with the five principals, to a day in the library, just sitting and doing nothing. While high schoolers will recognize some shrewd satiric hits in Breakfast Club, the film is tedious and unpredictable. Unless the nation's teachers decide to make it required viewing, this grueling Illinois-set presentation should be about as popular with teenage moviegoers as additional homework.

Overextended, with high-school size Big Chill revelations, this John Hughes film centers on five different, yet representative, high school types: a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. In short, they have nothing in common other than their plight and a mutual aversion for th...

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