- Molly Ringwald said her 13-year-old daughter doesn’t want to see her 1985 classic “The Breakfast Club.”
- “She’s very liberal. I mean, I’m very liberal, but she’s on another level,” he said. The Guardian.
- “There were certain things that were accepted that just wouldn’t be accepted now.”
Molly Ringwald has said that her 13-year-old daughter has no interest in seeing one of the movies that made her mother a star, “the breakfast club.”
Ringwald, who starred in the detention drama with Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy, said The Guardian that her youngest daughter won’t watch the coming-of-age drama apparently due to its outdated and sexist tropes.
“She’s very liberal. I mean, I’m very liberal, but she’s on another level. Which she should be, and I’m glad,” he said of his 13-year-old daughter Adele.
In the film, Ringwald’s character, Claire, is repeatedly harassed, berated, and even sexually assaulted by Bender (Nelson), who is introduced as her love interest. At the end of the movie, she is shown meeting and sharing a kiss in the school parking lot.
Elsewhere, the film also features various gay slurs and stereotypes.
The 55-year-old actor, who also shares daughter Mathilda, 19, and son Roman, 13, with husband Panio Gianopoulos, said the film, which garnered critical acclaim upon its release in 1985, was the product of a totally “different time” project.
“There were certain things that were accepted that just wouldn’t be accepted now,” he added.
Ringwald then pointed to a haunting scene in one of his other collaborations with filmmaker John Hughes, “Sixteen Candles.”
At one point in the film, Jake (Michael Schoeffling) trades his drunk girlfriend Caroline (Haviland Morris) for sex with farmer Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), in exchange for a pair of underwear he has stolen from another character. female.
“The whole story with Caroline, that has nothing to do with my character,” she said. “So I couldn’t really change that. I didn’t have that kind of power.”
As for “The Breakfast Club,” Ringwald revealed in a 2018 essay for the new yorker that there were actually so much more overtly sexist scenes in the first draft of the film that he managed to convince Hughes to cut them.
“There was a scene where an attractive gym teacher was swimming naked in the school pool while Mr. Vernon, the teacher in charge of student detention, was spying on her,” she wrote.
“The scene wasn’t in the first draft I read, and I pressured John to cut it. He did, and while I’m sure the actress who’d been cast in the part still blames me for blowing her chance, I think the scene wasn’t in the first draft I read. the movie is better for it.”