Andrew McCarthy: 'Brat Pack' Tag Shifted from 'Horrible' to 'Blessing'

Demi Moore reflects on past rifts and reconnections

by Zain ul Abedin
Andrew McCarthy: 'Brat Pack' Tag Shifted from 'Horrible' to 'Blessing'
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At the Tribeca Film Festival's world premiere of Brats, director Andrew McCarthy shared a poignant reflection on the infamous "Brat Pack" label - a term he once viewed as detrimental but now sees as a blessing. This revelation came during a heartfelt Q&A session that followed the screening, where McCarthy delved into the personal journey that inspired his latest film.

Turning 60 prompted him to reassess this pivotal chapter from his youth, transforming a burdensome label into a symbol of honor and personal growth. The premiere was a star-studded affair, featuring appearances by Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore, Jon Cryer, and other notable figures from the era like Pretty in Pink director Howard Deutch and journalist David Blum, who originally coined the "Brat Pack" term in a 1985 New York magazine cover story.

The label profoundly affected their careers, leading to missed collaborations and a perceived lack of seriousness from Hollywood's elite directors, such as Spielberg and Scorsese.

Rekindled Bonds Unveiled

Demi Moore highlighted the label's unintended consequences, noting the years lost in avoiding association with each other to maintain individual credibility in the industry.

However, she also celebrated the newfound camaraderie and joy stemming from the project, emphasizing its deep, reconnective impact on all involved. Brats explores McCarthy's reunion with his fellow actors and the broader implications of their early fame and the long-lasting bonds it forged.

McCarthy described a newfound sense of belonging, akin to "puppies from the same litter," which had been absent for over three decades. During the Q&A, Blum faced a mixed reception, especially when he revealed McCarthy's request for an apology over the article - a segment omitted from the film.

Blum defended his intentions, claiming his aim was to spotlight the rising stars, yet McCarthy countered, expressing that the result was far from celebratory. Set to debut on Hulu on June 13, Brats offers an introspective look at the impacts of fame, the dynamics of former Hollywood cliques, and the personal redemption found in revisiting the past.

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