The lifespan of a high school movie is pretty short – once the actors age out, it’s off the table. But as Veronica Mars demonstrates, bringing them back for a reunion can work. Here are 10 school flicks that should get grown-up follow-ups.
10. Dazed and Confused
Although Richard Linklater is making a “spiritual sequel” to his 70s high school flashback flick, it doesn’t feature the same characters. We’d love to see how they handled the 80s and beyond.
9. Friday Night Lights
You know most of the team stayed in Odessa after they graduated, and their 20 year reunion probably saw at least a few with kids on the Panthers squad.
Rian Johnson’s high school noir created such a compellingly dark world that we can’t help but wonder what happened to the kids that survived.
This mid-90s classic has a happy ending with Cher and Josh getting together, but did their romance last? Find out at the reunion.
6. Donnie Darko
Time paradoxes abound in this cult classic, and although it got a sequel (the much-maligned S. Darko), revisiting this world a decade later would be fascinating.
The 1980 version, not the remake. Some probably became stars, but others probably crashed and burned, making for a dramatic reunion.
4. Class of Nuke ‘Em High
Twenty years after the radiation-fueled tragedy at New Jersey’s Tromaville High, what became of our weed-mutated classmates?
3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
You know you’re curious about what happened to Jeff Spicoli in the intervening decades, not to mention the rest of the Ridgemont High gang.
2. Napoleon Dynamite
There are just so many different directions Napoleon going to his high school reunion could go – it’s a can’t-miss concept.
1. The Breakfast Club
There has been talk of a sequel to this genre-defining John Hughes flick for decades, but none ever materialized.
Watch the trailer for Jack Black’s upcoming high school reunion flick The D Train (in theaters May 8). Also, catch him on Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday 11p.