BRATS Trailer: Brat Pack's Andrew McCarthy Clears Air in Documentary

Revisiting the legacy of 80s cinema icons

by Zain ul Abedin
BRATS Trailer: Brat Pack's Andrew McCarthy Clears Air in Documentary
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Decades after igniting the big screen, the stars of "St. Elmo's Fire" are reuniting in Andrew McCarthy’s enthralling new documentary, "BRATS." The film delves into the storied dynamics and iconic era of the Brat Pack.

Over 40 years have passed since these actors became the faces of a generation, and now, Hulu is set to showcase their journey back to the limelight. "BRATS" not only brings together a stellar ensemble including Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jon Cryer, and Lea Thompson but also reintroduces Timothy Hutton, amongst others.

It offers audiences a glimpse into the camaraderie and conflicts that shaped their careers in the 1980s. The exclusive first trailer, released by PEOPLE, captures the essence of the era and the personal reflections of the stars who lived it.

The documentary emerges from a poignant moment in March 2023, when McCarthy shared a heartfelt reunion photo with Estevez on Instagram, marking their first meeting in over three decades. Estevez's participation, initially reluctant due to years of distancing himself from the Brat Pack narrative, was swayed by McCarthy's outreach, hinting at unresolved stories needing closure.

Exploring Brat Pack Dynamics

The term "Brat Pack," coined in a 1985 New York magazine article, had famously cast a shadow over the group, influencing public perceptions and impacting their relationships. The documentary explores these perceptions head-on, with McCarthy and his peers discussing the implications of the label and their collective identity during their formative years in Hollywood.

In her candid take, Moore questions the negative reception of the term among the group, reflecting on the internal and external conflicts it spurred. The film promises a mix of nostalgia and revelation, featuring clips from quintessential 1980s films like "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink," and "Back to the Future," complemented by behind-the-scenes footage and contemporary interviews.

McCarthy describes making "BRATS" as a rare opportunity to "dive back into the frozen past and bring it up into the living present," offering a bridge between the past glories and current realities of the Brat Pack members.

Following its world premiere at the 2024 Tribeca Festival, "BRATS" is scheduled to stream on Hulu starting June 13. This documentary is more than a trip down memory lane; it's a critical exploration of fame, friendship, and the enduring impact of a cultural phenomenon.