New Documentary About Iconic 1980s Group Coming to Streaming Platforms

A new documentary shedding light on the iconic group of actors known as the “Brat Pack” from the 1980s is set to premiere on streaming platforms this week.
The Brat Pack, a group of actors who starred in popular 1980s films like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Sixteen Candles, consisted of well-known names such as Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, and Andrew McCarthy.
The upcoming documentary called “Brats,” directed and produced by Andrew McCarthy, will be a Hulu original production. Produced by ABC News Studios in collaboration with indie studio NEON, the documentary will first debut on Hulu this Thursday and later become available on Disney+ this summer.
In the documentary, McCarthy interviews various members of the Brat Pack including Estevez, Moore, Sheedy, and Lowe, as well as other actors from the same era such as Lea Thompson, Timothy Hutton, and Jon Cryer.
While Cryer starred in Pretty in Pink alongside McCarthy and Ringwald, he makes it clear in the Brats trailer that he does not consider himself a part of the Brat Pack.
The documentary also features an interview with New York Magazine writer David Blum, who coined the term “Brat Pack” in the mid-1980s as a reference to the group of young actors.
After premiering at the 2024 Tribeca Film Festival, Brats highlights the journey of reconnecting with former co-stars that McCarthy embarked on to create the documentary.
Estevez, who had previously declined interviews about his time in the Brat Pack, decided to participate in the documentary to address lingering issues with McCarthy. Other members of the Brat Pack also shared their experiences and reflections on their time together.
During a panel discussion at the Tribeca Film Festival, Cryer candidly shared his initial disagreements with McCarthy during the filming of Pretty in Pink, to which McCarthy and Moore both acknowledged. Despite the conflicts, Moore expressed her positive experience working with McCarthy.
The documentary promises to provide viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at the relationships and dynamics within the Brat Pack, offering a glimpse into the lives of these influential actors from the 1980s.
“Brats” will be available for streaming on Hulu starting Thursday.