Andrew McCarthy's New Documentary Brats

Spill The Beans... Andrew McCarthy's New Documentary: Brats

Let's Rewind Blogger! May 29, 2024

Oh man, you guys...I can feel the nostalgia bubbling up already! As a certified movie buff who basically had the Brat Pack movies on permanent repeat growing up, that warm fuzzy feeling of reminiscing about those iconic 80s flicks just hits different.

Whether you were obsessively crushing on Molly Ringwald, or had dreams of somehow creating your own perfect woman à la Weird Science, those deliciously angsty coming-of-age tales were simply right of passage of our teenage years.

Well, get ready to go spiralling back to that era full force. One of the original Brat Packers himself, Andrew McCarthy, has a juicy new documentary hitting Hulu called Brats that's going to blow the lid off that iconic scene. I'm talking about raw, unfiltered stories straight from the source!

A Blast from the Past

For those who might need a quick refresher, the Brat Pack was a group of young, talented actors who took the movie world by storm in the 1980s. They starred in some of the most beloved teen films of that era, including:

  • The Breakfast Club (1985)
  • St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
  • Pretty in Pink (1986)
  • Sixteen Candles (1984)
  • Weird Science (1985)
  • About Last Night... (1986)
  • Less Than Zero (1987)
  • The Outsiders (1983)
  • Class (1983)
  • Youngblood (1986)

These films weren't just your average teen flicks; they captured the essence of growing up, navigating relationships, and finding your place in the world. They resonated with audiences on a deep level and became cultural touchstones for an entire generation.

What Can We Expect?

While McCarthy still acts from time to time, in the last few decades, he has mainly focused on directing. He's been in the director's chair for shows such as Gossip Girl and Blacklist. However, he decided to take a nostalgic walk down memory lane for his new project, Brats.

McCarthy told Deadline, “This is a personal journey of discovery. It’s been pulling at me for years. I need to know if the other members of the Brat Pack have felt like I’ve felt or if they’ve had a different experience entirely.”

In Brats, McCarthy takes us behind the scenes of these iconic movies, giving us a glimpse into the lives of the actors who brought these stories to life. He's gathered some of the original Brat Pack members (although some refuse to acknowledge they were even inside the pack!), including:

  • Rob Lowe
  • Demi Moore
  • Jon Cryer
  • Ally Sheedy
  • Emilio Estevez
  • Lea Thompson
  • Timothy Hutton
  • Judd Nelson
  • Mare Winningham

Together, they'll reminisce about the wild times they shared, the challenges they faced, and the impact these films had on their lives and careers.

For years, McCarthy showed little interest in discussing the Brat Pack era or even associating himself with that iconic group. As he candidly admitted to GQ:

"I had avoided the Brat Pack for so many years, and I had stock answers if asked about it, but I'd never really examined that period in depth. I realised I was probably doing myself a disservice by willfully ignoring what were the most defining few years of my life."

He went on to explain that the "Brat Pack" label was initially seen as an insult by him and his fellow young stars. However, his perspective has since shifted. McCarthy now embraces it as an affectionate term for a beloved decade that continues captivating audiences with its nostalgia factor.

Realising he could no longer run from his Brat Pack roots, McCarthy decided to confront that era head-on through the lens of his memoir-inspired documentary, Brats. Clearly, the project allowed him to reconcile his complicated feelings and gain a newfound appreciation for the indelible mark those films left on pop culture.

Being A Brat Had Some Drawbacks

While being part of the Brat Pack brought them fame and success, it also had its downsides. Many of the actors found themselves typecast, struggling to break free from the teenage roles that had defined them. In Brats, we'll hear their candid perspectives on how being part of this iconic group shaped their careers, for better or worse.

McCarthy promises to deliver juicy trivia and never-before-heard anecdotes that will give us a whole new appreciation for these beloved films. Imagine learning about the cast's antics on the set of The Breakfast Club or the behind-the-scenes preparations for Rob Lowe's preppy character in St. Elmo's Fire.

A Must-Watch for Movie Enthusiasts

As someone who grew up watching these Brat Pack classics on repeat, I can't wait to see what Brats has in store. It's a rare opportunity to get an unvarnished look at the lives of these iconic actors and the movies that defined a generation.

Mark your calendars for June 13th, when Brats premieres on Hulu and Disney+ a short while laterproject,. Trust me, this is one documentary that no movie nostalgia buff will want to miss!


Richard Wells

I am the founder of The Rewind Zone, created in 2022. My passion for film knows no bounds! It is my goal through this medium to bring the wonders of film from a bygone era back into your lives.