“Brats”: Why Did Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson Not Participate in Andrew McCarthy’s Hulu Documentary?

Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson feature in Andrew McCarthy’s new film about the Brat Pack only in archival footage

<p>Dia Dipasupil/Getty; Eugene Powers Photography/Shutterstock </p> Molly Ringwald on April 16; Judd Nelson on March 10

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Molly Ringwald on April 16; Judd Nelson on March 10

Brats, Andrew McCarthy’s Hulu documentary is a reunion of the so-called Brat Pack — with two notable exceptions.

Neither Molly Ringwald nor Judd Nelson, stars of the 1985 teen classic The Breakfast Club, appear among the interviews that McCarthy, 61, conducts with his fellow stars from that era.

The actor-director confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that Ringwald, 56, and Nelson, 64, turned down his requests to speak to him in Brats — which, McCarthy told the outlet, he didn’t take personally.

“The Brat Pack is an ongoing relationship,” he said. “And some people are at different places in their lives to want to or not want to talk about it. I think that just informs it even more. I mean, that's my takeaway from it."

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Plus, as McCarthy points out, among the interviews with such stars as Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jon Cryer, Lea Thompson and Timothy Hutton, is archival footage and movie scenes from the era. Ringwald and Nelson “both are in the film in a sense that there's a lot of clips and interviews and things," he said. 

<p>Nathan Congleton/NBC via Getty</p> Andrew McCarthy on June 6

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Andrew McCarthy on June 6

In Brats, McCarthy’s interview with Cryer, 59, includes a mention of Ringwald’s potential involvement in the documentary. "She said she'd think about it but that she'd probably like to keep looking forward," McCarthy says when asked about the Sixteen Candles star’s participation.

Cryer, who starred with both Ringwald and McCarthy in 1986’s Pretty in Pink, responds, "We all want to be [treated] as actors.”

Nelson, meanwhile, seemingly makes a sort of cameo at the end of Brats. Just before its credits roll, McCarthy is standing on a dock, answering a phone call. “Hello? Judd?” he says, implying his St. Elmo’s Fire costar is on the line.

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<p>ABC News Studios</p> Emilio Estevez and Andrew McCarthy in 'Brats'

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Emilio Estevez and Andrew McCarthy in 'Brats'

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The term Brat Pack was coined in a 1985 New York magazine story written by David Blum. Several of the then-teenaged stars have shared in the years since that they don’t approve of the title and that widespread media attention around it caused their offscreen friendships to dissolve.

"We all scattered for the hills," says Estevez, 62, in his on-camera interview in Brats. He also told McCarthy that while he had previously turned down opportunities to talk about the Brat Pack, he agreed to join the documentary “because you called me. It was time that we clear the air on a couple things.”

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Speaking to ET, McCarthy jokingly mused about “getting ready for part two" to Brats, but added, "I think once was enough."

Brats had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 7, and premiered on Hulu June 13. It is streaming now.

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