The next couple of years


I've just seen this movie again after not having seen it in many years, and man, it does hold up well. What a great little movie this is, as good in 2014 as it was in 1981 or whenever it was I first saw it on HBO.

I was wondering, though, what happens with these kids the rest of the school year, and then thru junior and senior years? Do you think Moody changes in any way after getting beat up? Does he mellow out, maybe actually becoming friends with Cliff, Ricky, and everyone else? Or does he spend the next few years constantly trying to get them back? Will him or Linderman actually even graduate, with maybe Clifford helping them along in their studies? Does Carson get laid? Does Mike eventually become a d*ckhead cop?

Any answers or ideas would be much appreciated....

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I would guess that Moody and his friends just fade into the background, maybe even go their separate ways. Moody probably drops out, and gets into some trouble, spends some time in jail.

I could see Carson having a "growth spurt" but in an awkward way, and still being sort of weird, so the girls really do not like him anyway.

Cliff grows some too, and he and Shelly date briefly.

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This movie is a forgotten gem. The guys will become a nice little group of their own. They will hang in parts of the city. They will occasionally visit Cliff's hotel to meet the dad and grandma and eat and hang out there. The possibilities are endless. The scene with the grandma looking at the hand was great. Ricky needed friends and he got it.

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Big Mike got a job at Linens and Things. When they closed he was hired by Bed,
Bath and Beyond, where he has worked his way up from security guard to manager.


Linderman owns a Harley Dealership. He lives quietly with his wife and four children in Aurora, IL.

Clifford still lives in Chicago. He runs a hotel chain and hosts Harley events at his convention center. He owns his own tough bike, which he purchased from Ricky. He's married to Nancy Cobbler.

Moody is still doling out refunds to all of the people he took lunch money from. He started a charity to help fund free lunches in several cities with the help of Bill Gates. He speaks out against bullying on occasion for a fee and/or a free lunch. He was cited for throwing wads of toilet paper at Steve Bartman at a Chicago Cubs playoff game. The charges were dropped.

The rest of the characters went on with their own lives. Some are living in the Chicago or the surrounding suburbs. Some have moved to other States. Their lives are not much worthy of mention, like most of the people you may or may not have come across again from High School.




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What about Shelley?

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After he braces come off, she gets a full makeover. Including taming her frizzy hair.

She later becomes a pole dancer, then moves on to making adult movies.

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I think that likely what would have happened with Moody is that he drops out of high school and gets into trouble with the law. Clifford hits a growth spurt, dates Shelly and goes on to have a very happy and successful time in high school. Ricky gets a girlfriend who helps him come out of his shell and, gradually, returns to the fun-loving teenager he was before his brother's death.

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Great thread! I love all the possibilities here! Great to see this classic little gem of a film has such a longtime following of fans. By the way, Shelley changed her name to Ruth Meyers and became an agent in Nashville.

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Moody tries to segue from bully to Don Juan. He has limited success until he becomes a star athlete.

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