Andrew McCarthy Reveals Why Molly Ringwald Missed ‘Brats’ Documentary

Exploring the enduring influence of '80s cinema icons

by Zain ul Abedin
Andrew McCarthy Reveals Why Molly Ringwald Missed ‘Brats’ Documentary
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Andrew McCarthy recently opened up about Molly Ringwald's decision not to participate in his new documentary, "Brats," which delves into the iconic '80s phenomenon known as the Brat Pack. Despite a brief conversation with Ringwald, she ultimately chose not to be featured, leaving fans curious about her absence.

"Brats" revisits the era that propelled a group of young actors, including Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Jon Cryer, Demi Moore, and Rob Lowe, into the spotlight. The documentary explores the impact of the Brat Pack label on their careers, a term coined in a 1985 New York Magazine article by David Blum.

While the actors shared their personal experiences and the unexpected consequences of this title, Ringwald's insights were limited to archival footage. McCarthy, 60, expressed a mixture of understanding and regret over Ringwald's decision.

"She said she'd think about it and that was really the end of it," McCarthy shared with US Weekly. He reflected on the broader implications of the Brat Pack label, noting, "We felt sort of, in a weird way, very alone in this thing because we interpreted it as one thing and the whole rest of the public interpreted it entirely differently."

Brat Pack Legacy

The documentary not only seeks to uncover the personal truths behind the public personas but also emphasizes the ongoing relevance of the Brat Pack's legacy.

McCarthy described it as an "octopus" with far-reaching influence, affecting each member differently depending on their current phase of life. Despite the constraints of time and budget, which prevented McCarthy from interviewing more of his former peers, the film captures the essence of the era through candid conversations and real-time reactions.

The opening scene sets the tone with McCarthy making cold calls to his past co-stars, a task made challenging by today’s communication habits. "Nobody answers their phone anymore because nobody calls anybody anymore," McCarthy lamented, highlighting the shifts in personal interaction over the decades.

While Judd Nelson also remains notably absent from the film, McCarthy managed to share a brief exchange with him, hinting at Nelson's elusive nature. "Brats" stands as a testament to transparency and authenticity, aiming to provide a clear window into the lives and challenges faced by these actors.

McCarthy’s commitment to showing real interactions, even in mundane settings like a kitchen, reinforces the film's message about the importance of being seen and understood.