Parents' Guide to

The Breakfast Club

By Marjorie Kase, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Classic '80s teen movie has mature themes, profanity.

Movie R 1985 97 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 47 parent reviews

age 11+

Best movie ever

It is appropriate for 11 and up its has talk about virginity and drugs but most 11 year olds understand stuff like that.

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Great messages
3 people found this helpful.
age 12+


now this is DEFINENTLY in my top 10 favorite movies of all time, but warning you, this movies is a swearfest. theres pretty much a bad word in every sentence. also it has some sex. someone puts his head between a girls legs in class. your welcome! :)

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (47):
Kids say (209):

Despite its occasional heavy-handedness, the film is an earnest, engaging attempt at portraying teens and their problems in a realistic light. Writer-director John Hughes' film deals with very mature issues regarding family and school that both teens and parents can relate to. On the outside, the five may seem like clichéd stereotypes, yet as The Breakfast Club progresses, their confessions as to why they're in detention reveal a greater depth to their personas.

Solid performances by the "Brat Pack" -- Ringwald, Nelson, Hall, Estevez, and Sheedy -- coupled with Hughes' witty dialogue, choice direction, and ability to balance drama and humor made it one of the most enduring, quotable teen films of all time. A great choice for older teens.

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