Brats (Hulu)

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Brats:

Welcome to Andrew McCarthy’s 80s therapy session.

Quick synopsis:

Andrew McCarthy interviews other members of the Brat Pack about how the moniker changed their lives.

Fact for Non-History People:

McCarthy had to wear a wig at the end of Pretty in Pink because it was a reshoot and he shaved his head already for a play he was in.

Fact for History Nerds:

Jon Cryer hated McCarthy for a long time because he was such a jerk when they worked together. Don’t worry, they’re cool now!

My Take on Brats:

I am technically not an “80s” kid. I was born in 1982 so I am much more of a “90s” kid when the fashion was slightly less embarrassing. However, I have two older brothers which meant I needed to learn 80s culture, or I would be mercilessly mocked. Sure, it would have happened anyway, but that is beside the point.

Let’s get right to the point. If you don’t know who the Brat Pack is or did not enjoy 80s movies, then feel free to skip this one. It is not for you. Now, if you know which character you are in the Breakfast Club, well then welcome to the party, pal!

Andrew McCarthy is still trying to shake the trauma of being identified as part of the Brat Pack. He goes on a mission to talk to people about it including other members of the Pack. Along the way, we get some sweet tunes and even a snippet of the St. Elmo’s Fire music video. I came for the music, I stayed for the atrocious fashion choices and untamed hair.

It was fun seeing some of the 80s stars and hearing what they thought about it. You could easily accuse this documentary of navel gazing. Guilty. However, it was still a fun watch. I think McCarthy might finally be able to sleep at night.


If you know who the Brat Pack is, then this is for you. Watch it here!

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