We wonder where they are now. We wonder what their lives are like since they were in that detention room on that Saturday, while most of us were watching cartoons. Did Andrew Clark become that athlete he wanted to be? Did Allison Reynolds finally get her life back togther and stop being a “basket case?” What about Claire? Is she the same person that she was or did she get her ducks in a row? What about Brian, the brain? His parents had pressured him into getting good grades and hopefully he went to his dream school.

We also wonder what happened to John Bender. They went to the same school and that was about the only thing they had in common. Bender, who was labled by some as a “criminal” didn’t play well with others and had a particularly antagonistic relationship with Vernon, ignores the rules and frequently riles up the other students, teasing Brian and Andrew and harassing Claire. Allison is initially quiet except for the occasional random outburst. Yes, they were teens. They were a bit on the rebellious side and for their actions, they were punished. But that punishment came at the hands of their vice principal Richard Vernon, who made Adolf Hitler look like a choirboy.

Five misfits with the only common bond was that they were stuck in the same room, not being allowed to speak, move from their seats or sleep for a period of 8 hours and 54 minutes, chose to band together as one. In that time from 7:06 a.m. to 4 p.m., they discover that they have a lot more in common and in time, they open up to each other and reveal secrets that would have crushed others.

Allison is a compulsive liar, Andrew can’t think for himself and has an overbearing father that has forced him into sports, John’s from a troubled household where he is abused, Brian has been under pressure to pull his grades up after one academic failure and has even thought about taking his own life and Claire comes from a divorced home where her parents use her to settle old scores. Gradually, they open up to each other and reveal their deepest personal secrets: Allison is a compulsive liar, Andrew can’t think for himself, John comes from a troubled household, Brian has contemplated suicide due to a bad grade and Claire is a virgin who feels constant pressure from her friends. They also discover that they all have strained relationships with their parents; Allison’s parents ignore her, Andrew’s father forces him into sports, John’s dad abuses him, Brian’s parents put immense pressure on him to get good grades. Claire’s parents use her to get back at each other. They fear making the same mistakes as the adults around them. The students realize that despite their differences, they face similar pressures and complications in their lives.

Five people with different backgrounds, religions and belief systems in a room that seemed like a prison camp. They eventually come together and in time, come together as one to show their vice principal that they have been judged unfairly. As their sentence ends, the others ask Brian to write their essay for them. Brian goes one better. Rather than writing about the topic that was assigned to them, Brian writes a letter that tells their judge and jury that he is wrong about them.

An athlete, a basket case, a princess, a brain and a criminal.

They accepted their punishment but not without protest. The essay was their tea bags and they were going to be the ones that threw them into the harbor. These mice didn’t just squeak. Like Katy Perry, they roared. Brian’s essay: Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain and an athlete and a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.

We sometimes wonder what happened to them.

Did The Breakfast Club become better than the sum of their parts? Did they move on with their lives and even go on to change them? Did they marry and have kids? The world may never know. But one can wonder.