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Blu-ray Review: Don’t You Forget About The 30th Anniversary Edition Of THE BREAKFAST CLUB - Movies In Focus
Teen audiences propelled cinema in the second half of the 20th Century. From James Dean’s turn in 1955’s Rebel Without A Cause to Jason Bigg’s crusty-coupling in 1999’s American Pie, the teenager was a vital part of the moviegoing experience. The Breakfast Club is another seminal teen movie, a right of cinematic passage for the youth of 1985. It holds up now, 30 years later (the same gap between it and the Dean movie) and watching it again (along with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) reminds us how well John Hughes was able to tap into the teenage psyche. It’s Saturday and 7am and five pupils report for detention at Shermer High School. They’re there at the behest of Mr Vernon (Paul Gleeson), the grouchy assistant school principal. Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy and Judd Neslon fill-out the teen archetypes as the wide-range of students with nothing in common. Throughout the day they bicker, bond and learn life lessons. Today it sounds like cliche though in 1985 it grossed over $50 million at the US box office and seeped into popular culture. The 1980s saw yet another explosion in teen culture with the creation of MTV and [...]