Police Academy (1984) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Police Academy (1984) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Police Academy is a hugely underrated comedy that in fairness should be remembered almost equally alongside other 80’s greats like Ghostbusters and Trading Places for being just funny and almost as influential.  Yup the sequels quickly soured the memory of the original somewhat (although Their First Assignment is still a good film) but it’s fair to say that without Police Academy and Porkey’s you’d never have American Pie and a wealth of 90’s teen sex comedies.  Police Academy is both genuinely witty and smart, holding up surprisingly well some 30+ years later with a solid central message and some memorable gags.

Best Bit: The standoff

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, Ghostbusters, Stripes, Porkys

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The Breakfast Club (1985) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

The Breakfast Club (1985) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Its taken me over 30 years but I finally watched The Breakfast Club.  And i wasn’t disappointed.  It’s odd how certain films skip you by but despite rating similar themed coming of age film Ferris Bueller as one of my favourite films fo all time, I just never got around to The Breakfast Club.  The danger is out of time these films can loose their impact but The Breakfast Club doesn’t. Far from it, I could relate to the film and the characters and it maintains a mostly timeless quality.  Age hasn’t taken away the impact of these disparate characters and their journey through one morning of detention.  Superbly performed, expertly directed and endlessly charming –  a classic for sure and a worth entry into the Phil’s Quick Review hall of fame!

Best Bit: Actually watching it after all these years!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Porky’s , Pretty In Pink

 

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