Breakfast Club [1985]

Sixteen Candles Molly Ringwald established herself as the teen queen of the '80s in this fresh comedy. The movie is a day in the life of Samantha, whose 16th birthday is turning out to be anything but sweet. All the traumas of teendom come down on one long day, which sees Samantha surrounded by dithery relatives, mooning over a high school hunk, and pursued by a sawed-off Lothario. Sixteen Candles marked the directing debut of John Hughes, and its goofy energy displayed a promising talent with a great ear for high school lingo ... a promise neglected since Hughes became, after Home Alone, a one-man entertainment industry. There are some pretty crass moments (Why the stereotype of the foreign-exchange student from Asia?), but Ringwald's steady appeal smoothes over the rough spots. As the pubescent, self-styled lady-killer, Anthony Michael Hall turns in a hilarious portrait of a young swinger; he and Ringwald would reteam with Hughes for The Breakfast Club, another key teen picture of the decade. --Robert Horton The Breakfast Club John Hughes's popular 1985 teen drama finds a diverse group of high school students--a jock (Emilio Estevez), a metalhead (Judd Nelson), a weirdo (Ally Sheedy), a princess (Molly Ringwald), and a nerd (Anthony Michael Hall)--sharing a Saturday in detention at their high school for one minor infraction or another. Over the course of a day, they talk through the social barriers that ordinarily keep them apart, and new alliances are born, though not without a lot of pain first. Hughes, who wrote and directed, is heavy on dialogue but he also thoughtfully refreshes the look of the film every few minutes with different settings and original viewpoints on action. The movie deals with such fundamentals as the human tendency toward bias and hurting the weak, and because the characters are caught somewhere between childhood and adulthood, it's easy to get emotionally involved in hope for their redemption. Preteen and teenage kids love this film, incidentally. --Tom Keogh Weird Science Yes, that is Bill Paxton as Ilan Mitchell-Smith's militaristic big brother. And that's Robert Downey Jr. as one of the in-crowd jerks who makes nerds Mitchell-Smith and Hall's lives miserable. Fortunately, this is a John Hughes comedy and our smart nerds create the perfect woman, Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), using a computer and voodoo. Lisa is a willing sex toy, has magical powers, and just wants to help the boys get even and meet nice babes. She even cleans up. The fantasy ebullience of Hughes is given full rein here and that's good and bad (mostly good). It's all aimed at a certain kind of hormone-addled, 16-year-old sensibility; but who doesn't have a little bit of that in them? --Keith Simanton

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Allison Reynolds:
I'll do anything sexual. I don't need a million dollars to do it either.

Claire Standish:
You're lying.

Allison Reynolds:
I already have. I've done just about everything there is except a few things that are illegal. I'm a nymphomaniac.

Claire Standish:
Lie.

Brian Johnson:
Are your parents aware of this?

Allison Reynolds:
The only person I told was my shrink.

Andrew Clark:
And what did he do when you told him?

Allison Reynolds:
He nailed me.

Claire Standish:
Very nice.

Allison Reynolds:
I don't think that from a legal standpoint what he did can be construed as rape, since I paid him.

Claire Standish:
He's an adult.

Allison Reynolds:
Yeah, he's married too.

Claire Standish:
Do you have any idea how completely gross that is?

Allison Reynolds:
Well, the first few times...

Claire Standish:
The first few times? You mean you did it more than once?

Allison Reynolds:
Sure.

Claire Standish:
Are you crazy?

Brian Johnson:
Obviously she's crazy if she's screwing a shrink.

Allison Reynolds:
Have you ever done it?

Claire Standish:
I don't even have a psychiatrist.

Allison Reynolds:
Have you ever done it with a normal person?

Claire Standish:
Didn't we already cover this?

John Bender:
You never answered the question.

Claire Standish:
Look, I'm not going to discuss my private life with total strangers.

Allison Reynolds:
It's kind of a double edged sword isn't it?

Claire Standish:
A what?

Allison Reynolds:
Well, if you say you haven't, you're a prude. If you say you have you're a slut. It's a trap. You want to but you can't, and when you do you wish you didn't, right?

Claire Standish:
Wrong.

Allison Reynolds:
Or are you a tease?

Andrew Clark:
She's a tease.

Claire Standish:
I'm sure. Why don't you just forget it.

Andrew Clark:
Oh, you're a tease and you know it. All girls are teases.

John Bender:
She's only a tease if what she does gets you hot.

Claire Standish:
I don't do anything.

Allison Reynolds:
That's why you're a tease.

Claire Standish:
OK, let me ask you a few questions.

Allison Reynolds:
I already told you everything.

Claire Standish:
No. Doesn't it bother you to sleep around without being in love. I mean, don't you want any respect?

Allison Reynolds:
I don't screw to get respect. That's the difference between you and me.

Claire Standish:
It's not the only difference I hope.

John Bender:
Face it, you're a tease.

Claire Standish:
I'm NOT a tease.

John Bender:
Sure you are. Sex is your weapon. You said it yourself. You use it to get respect.

Claire Standish:
No, I never said that she twisted my words around.

John Bender:
What do you use it for then?

Claire Standish:
I don't use it period.

John Bender:
Oh, are you medically frigid or is it psychological?

Claire Standish:
I didn't mean it that way. You guys are putting words into my mouth.

John Bender:
Well, if you'd just answer the question.

Brian Johnson:
Why don't you just answer the question?

Andrew Clark:
Be honest.

John Bender:
No big deal.

Brian Johnson:
Yeah answer it.

Andrew Clark:
Answer the question, Claire.

John Bender:
Talk to us. Every one: C'mon, answer the question. Come on. Answer it.

John Bender:
C'mon, it's easy. It's only one question.

Claire Standish:
NO I NEVER DID IT.

Allison Reynolds:
I never did it either. I'm not a nymphomaniac. I'm a compulsive liar.

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