Posts Tagged ‘The Breakfast Club’

Sixteen Candles – Minute Movie Review

Montag, Oktober 4th, 2010

Review:

A day before her sister’s wedding, Molly Ringwald’s entire family forgets her sixteenth birthday. And that is not the only trouble she has: the boy she likes doesn’t even know her and she has to fend of the advances of perennial geek Anthony Michael Hall. In short, not one of her better days, but things are definitely looking up in this classic teen comedy from classic teen comedy writer-director John Hughes, his début feature. He hasn’t quite gotten the grip on teen angst he later demonstrated with The Breakfast Club and the film is not nearly as outrageously funny as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but it’s a solid first effort that is definitely worth seeing if you’ve ever been a teenager and especially if you were a teenager in suburban America in the 1980s.

Random Observations:

Sixteen Candles at the IMDb

Both Hughes regulars were only fifteen when the film was made, actually fitting the age of their characters.

John Cusack has a small role in this film as another geek – not quite the role he’ll be remembered for.

His sister Joan Cusack is also in this film. And a Beth Ringwald – Molly’s older sister. John Hughes definitely made family films…

Dear God, was Long Duk Dong ever offensive. I always thought political correctness had arisen in the early 80s.

Uncle Buck – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, Dezember 18th, 2009

Review:

In this John Hughes film, slacker uncle Buck is sent to watch over a couple’s kids while they are away. While he quickly befriends the two young kids, including perennial child star Macaulay Culkin, the older teenage daughter is just annoyed with him and wants to go her own way. Through comic interludes, they finally connect and Buck also figures out how to deal with his long-term girlfriend and her hope and need for a family of their own. Most of the film is just painful, but Hughes manages to include some funny moments, which are, however, not enough to excuse the broad stereotypical characters the film has – that Hughes is more adept at especially teenage characters, he has proven before with films like The Breakfast Club.

Random Observations:

Uncle Buck at the IMDb

This is the only John Hughes directed film that I didn’t enjoy. But then again, I was eight when I saw Curly Sue

I’m not sure whether it is just because of the horrible 80s hairstyles, but all the people in this film are incredibly ugly.

The Breakfast Club – Minute Movie Review

Dienstag, September 22nd, 2009

Review:

One Saturday, five stereotypical high school students have to spend the day in detention. There’s the brain, the jock, the princess, the basket case and the criminal. The film is the story of that day, delving deep into teenage angst and trying very hard to avoid the clichés. In that, it varies between deep drama and light comedy, making for an entertaining and insightful hour and a half. Ultimately, though, despite it’s rigorous and repeated scream for individuality, the characters are nothing but stereotypes, spoiling the message of the film to no small extent.

Random Observations:

The Breakfast Club at the IMDb

I’ve seen the film several times and every time I make the mistake of thinking, “Hey, it’s a John Hughes film, this will be good fun”, only to be horribly reminded just how depressing the film really is.

Emilio Estevez, who plays the sports guy, is the son of Martin Sheen and brother of Charlie Sheen. Did you know that? Of course you did.

Also stars original brat pack members Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall.

John Hughes, we’ll miss you

Freitag, August 7th, 2009

I don’t usually write about anybody’s personal life on here. I have even abstained from mentioning the passing of many beloved actors, directors and screenwriters that were involved in films that mean a lot to me. But the death of John Hughes is just too sad not to mention. The writer-director died yesterday while out for a walk. And despite the fact that it has been 18 years since he directed a film (and 22 since he directed a good film) and that I didn’t really enjoy his later efforts as a sole screenwriter, I feel as if I have lost a friend, albeit one I hadn’t seen in a long time. So people, go and grief with me. Take out your copy of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (I know you have one!), The Breakfast Club or whichever film of his you personally like best and mourn not just the loss of a great director, but of your youth as well.