Critics consider it one of the greatest high school films of all time, as well as one of Hughes' most memorable and recognizable works. The media referred to the film's five main actors as members of a group called the "".
The Breakfast Club's title comes from the nickname invented by students and staff for morning detention at , the school attended by the son of one of John Hughes' friends. Thus, those who were sent to detention before school starting time were designated members of "The Breakfast Club".
The film was digitally remastered and was re-screened throughout 430 theaters in celebration of its 30th anniversary in 2015