The Breakfast Club will always have a special place in our hearts, but upon reflection the old favourite is a little… problematic. Even the cast of The Breakfast Club have acknowledged that they have some concerns about the messages in the classic film.
Molly Ringwald has been praised for airing her concerns about her 1985 film The Breakfast Club, which she has said is now “troubling” to her due to scenes involving sexual harassment.
The actress re-examined the teen film, about five misfit students held in detention on a Saturday, while questioning its director John Hughes in light of the #MeToo movement against harassment.
Writing in The New Yorker, Ringwald, 50, said she recently watched the film again with her 10-year-old daughter and, after fearing her child would be concerned by it, she “hadn’t anticipated that it would ultimately be most troubling to me”.
“At one point in the film, the bad-boy character, John Bender, ducks under the table where my character, Claire, is sitting, to hide from a teacher,” Ringwald wrote.
“While there, he takes the opportunity to peek under Claire’s skirt and, though the audience doesn’t see, it is implied that he touches her inappropriately.”
Watch the video above to see this scene, and a few more which we think raise a few eyebrows in 2018.
Read more from Molly Ringwald’s piece in The New Yorker here.