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'The Breakfast Club' And 'Pretty In Pink' Are Landing On Netflix This Week

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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'The Breakfast Club' And 'Pretty In Pink' Are Landing On Netflix This Week

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When it comes to teen movies, the 80s are a gold mine - and two cult classics of the decade are landing on Netflix this week.

Yep, volumise your hair and don your best acid wash denim, because The Breakfast Club (1985) and Pretty In Pink (1986) hit the streaming service on Friday 10th April.

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A back-to-back viewing of these two fan-favourites - both by famed director John Hughes - has the makings of an epic retro sleepover.

We can't think of a better way to spend an evening during lockdown.

Fans will remember that smash-hit comedy-drama The Breakfast Club sees five high school students from different social cliques get thrown together in Saturday detention by grouchy principal Richard Vernon (Paul Gleason).

The Breakfast Club sees five high school students from different social cliques get thrown together in Saturday detention (Credit: Universal Pictures)
The Breakfast Club sees five high school students from different social cliques get thrown together in Saturday detention (Credit: Universal Pictures)

There's rebellious bad boy John (Judd Nelson), popular girl Claire (played by 80s favourite Molly Ringwald), whip-smart Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), alternative outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy) and high school jock Andrew (Emilio Estevez).

The Motley crew of students would never ordinarily spend time together and the film does clever job of presenting well-worn high school character types before gradually breaking them down over the course of a single day.

When the group eventually emerge from detention, their perceptions of one another - and the wider school system - have changed dramatically.

The movies form part of a number of classic John Hughes 80s movies landing on Netflix in April (Credit: Universal Pictures)
The movies form part of a number of classic John Hughes 80s movies landing on Netflix in April (Credit: Universal Pictures)

The movie has stood the test of time and still delivers with its concoction of teen rivalry, romance and epic 80s fashion.

Pretty In Pink, released the following year, also stars Molly Ringwald.

The classic rom-com follows record store worker and certified outcast Andie (Ringwald), who lives on the bottom rung of the social ladder at her Chicago high school.

Andie's kooky classmate and childhood sweetheart Duckie has a crush on her, but has competition in the form of popular and wealthy kid Blane, who asks Andy out.

'Pretty In Pink' follows teen record store clerk and outcast Andie (Molly Ringwald) as she navigates high school (Credit: Paramount Pictures)
'Pretty In Pink' follows teen record store clerk and outcast Andie (Molly Ringwald) as she navigates high school (Credit: Paramount Pictures)

As it turns out, dating someone from a different social group is more problematic than expected. Cue heart ache, themes of teen identity and a high school prom crisis.

Both films form part of a wider range of popular John Hughes movies landing on Netflix in April, including Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Sixteen Candles.

Let the movie marathon begin.

Topics: TV and Film, TV Entertainment, Netflix

Mary-Jane Wiltsher
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