Andrew McCarthy, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore and Others Revisit ‘Brat Pack’ Ignominy in Hulu’s BRATS Trailer

“Oh, f–k” was Andrew McCarthy’s reaction upon seeing the June 1985 New York magazine cover that would forever label him, Demi Moore and other peers as “Hollywood’s Brat Pack,” he shares in a first trailer for Hulu’s upcoming BRATS documentary.

Hulu also announced a Thursday, June 14 release date for the feature-length docu.

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McCarthy, who wrote, directed and hosts the documentary film, said at the TCA press tour in February that the infamous New York issue was originally just to have a profile of Emilio Estevez. But then St. Elmo’s Fire came out and it blew up into a “Hollywood’s Brat Pack” cover.

“It’s been a blessing more than a curse in my life,” McCarthy shared at TCA. “We were branded as ‘partying, wanting to have a good time, get famous.” In turn, he, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore and others lost control of the narrative of their careers.

McCarthy suggested at TCA that the bona fide Brat Pack consists of him, Estevez, Lowe, Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Molly Ringwald.

McCarthy hadn’t spoken to Estevez since the June 1985 St. Elmo’s Fire movie premiere when he phoned him to discuss participation in the BRATS documentary. Nelson decided not to participate, telling McCarthy, “The Brat Pat didn’t exist, so I’m not gonna talk about it.” Ringwald also passed.

An ABC News Studios co-production, BRATS looks at the iconic films of the 1980s that shaped a generation and the narrative that took hold when their young stars were branded the “Brat Pack.” The documentary explores the cultural phenomenon of films such as St. Elmo’s Fire and The Breakfast Club that tapped into teenage angst and connected with young audiences in a way that had never been done before.

McCarthy, whose 1980s film credits included Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire and Less Than Zero, and who wrote the New York Times bestselling memoir Brat: An ‘80s Story, reunited with several fellow Brat-Packers to answer the question: What did it mean to be part of the Brat Pack?

McCarthy also speaks to key members of the “Brat Pack” films’ production, including directors, casting directors, screenwriters and producers. He also sits down for a first-time conversation with David Blum, the New York writer who fatefully coined the Brat Pack term.

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