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Breakfast Club-Flashback Edition

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A wrestler, a rebel, a brain, a beauty and a shy girl share detention in a chicago high school.

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Studio Universal
SKU 208125131
UPC 025195018647
UPC 14 00025195018647
Format DVD
Release Date 1/10/2012
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
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Review One of the most consistent writer/directors to contribute to the '80s teen fad was John Hughes (the man who would later scale the heights of box-office prosperity with Home Alone). In one way or another, Hughes was responsible for the likes of Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and The Breakfast Club. While all of those films were a cut above the sex and booze-drenched antics of most teen comedies, The Breakfast Club was arguably the most insightful and emotionally-true of them...Few will argue that The Breakfast Club is a great film, but it has a candor that is unexpected and refreshing in a sea of too-often generic teen-themed films. The material is a little talky (albeit not in a way that will cause anyone to confuse it with something by Eric Rohmer), but it's hard not to be drawn into the world of these characters. The depiction of high school is evocative because it's so accurate (an actual suburban Illinois high school was used as the filming location). Unlike many teen films, which seem to transpire in some kid's dirty imagination, this picture, despite its occasional flights of fancy, is grounded in reality. In The Breakfast Club, Hughes has created a surprisingly enduring motion picture that is still effective 13 years after its theatrical debut.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The Breakfast Club" begins with an old dramatic standby. You isolate a group of people in a room, you have them talk, and eventually they exchange truths about themselves and come to new understandings...Nothing that happens in "The Breakfast Club" is all that surprising. The truths that are exchanged are more or less predictable, and the kids have fairly standard hang-ups. It comes as no surprise, for example, to learn that the jock's father is a perfectionist, or that the prom queen's parents give her material rewards but withhold their love. But "The Breakfast Club" doesn't need earthshaking revelations; it's about kids who grow willing to talk to one another, and it has a surprisingly good ear for the way they speak...The performances are wonderful, but then this is an all-star cast, as younger actors go; in addition to Hall and Ringwald from "Sixteen Candles," there's Sheedy from "War Games" and Estevez from "Repo Man." Judd Nelson is not yet as well known, but his character creates the strong center of the film; his aggression is what breaks the silence and knocks over the walls...The only weaknesses in Hughes' writing are in the adult characters: The teacher is one-dimensional and one-note, and the janitor is brought onstage with a potted philosophical talk that isn't really necessary. Typically, the kids don't pay much attention.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
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DVD, English, Spanish, French, No Longer Produced
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Entertainment Weekly ...a heartfelt, surprisingly experimental film...a touchstone of 80's pop culture...
Find-A-Video Perceptive and entertaining teen drama...
Jay Scott, The Globe and Mail ...lively and amusing and occasionally disconcerting in its reproduction of what life was like in the mid-to-late teens.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide A bold experiment in the era of teen raunch movies...filled with moments of truth and perception.
Richard Corliss, Time Hughes shows there is a life form after teenpix. It is called goodpix.
Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly From the neon-sign opening titles to the derivative angst of the dialogue, it's a touchstone of '80s pop culture...
USA Today ...Gleason is convincing as the kind of teacher no one ever goes back to see...

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