Frankly, all this was for naught. The actors are all in their 50s and 60s now, so discovering where they are a decade or two after being stuck at school for a weekend is now around the corner. Between that event and the passing of John Hughes, this story could not have happened with the original cast. Of course, the studio could have made a modern retelling of “The Breakfast Club,” but it failed to recapture that era.
As Molly Ringwald noted in a 2018 article, the film is problematic. New YorkerAt the height of the #MeToo movement. So were many of Hughes’ films, although we didn’t think much of it at the time. Some of us did, but people in middle school and high school watched as they experienced what these characters were all about. actually happening in their own schools. This was closely tied to the experiences of young people at the time; As Ringwald recalled, it was something that wasn’t very common outside of cheesy after-school specials created by people who never seemed to talk to a teenager.
However, the idea of these characters becoming the exact opposite of their school personalities could have worked at the actors’ current age. It would be interesting to see what happened all these years later and how they evaluate their own behavior. Still, as a touchstone for a generation, a product of its time and its writer/director, it seems better left in the past.