Rob Lowe Marvels at Enduring Power of the Brat Pack with Andrew McCarthy: 'We Were So Lucky' (Exclusive)

Rob Lowe Marvels at Enduring Power of the Brat Pack with Andrew McCarthy: 'We Were So Lucky' (Exclusive)

"We were so lucky to be in the right place at the right time," Lowe tells McCarthy in a clip from the documentary 'BRATS'

Rob Lowe is looking at the big picture of how the Brat Pack fit into the '80s entertainment landscape.

In a clip from the Hulu documentary BRATS shared exclusively with PEOPLE, the actor, 60, tells his St. Elmo's Fire costar Andrew McCarthy, "We were so lucky to be in the right place at the right time, as the movie business was beginning a transition to where it landed and still exists, which is movies made almost exclusively for 18-to-20-year-olds."

"Every summer movie that's out is geared toward that audience. It wasn't always like that," Lowe continued. "But we were there at a time when that began. Maybe we had something to do with it, which would either be the good news or the bad news."

He added, "But not only being in the Brat Pack, but being around at that time, it not only changed all of our lives — it changed what entertainment is."

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<p>Hulu</p> Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy in <em>BRATS</em> (2024)


Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy in BRATS (2024)

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Lowe and McCarthy, 61, were part of the famous Brat Pack, a group of young actors that sat at the top of Hollywood’s totem pole in the 1980s.

Directed by McCarthy, BRATS features him traveling around the country to reunite with and interview fellow Brat Pack (and adjacent) members including Demi Moore, Ally SheedyEmilio Estevez, Lea Thompson and Timothy Hutton.

McCarthy also chatted to key members of production, including directors, casting directors, screenwriters and producers. Additionally, he had a sitdown with the New York Magazine writer who crafted the group’s nickname in 1985, David Blum.

In a statement about the documentary, McCarthy previously said, “The Brat Pack has cast a long shadow over my life and career. After all these years, I was curious to see how it had affected my fellow Brat Pack members. What I found was surprising — and liberating.”

<p>Hulu</p> Andrew McCarthy and Rob Lowe in <em>BRATS</em> (2024)


Andrew McCarthy and Rob Lowe in BRATS (2024)

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The documentary had its premiere at the 2024 Tribeca Festival. The Brat Pack label was meant to be a play on words, but McCarthy recently told PEOPLE they resented it at first and thought it diminished their acting careers.

“It did have personal ramifications,” he said. “Were we brats? We were certainly privileged. But there wasn’t anything great about us. We were just in the right place at the right time and represented that seismic change in pop culture. You’re easy prey when you’re exposed in that way.”

Unfortunately, the nickname definitely stuck. "It was one headline in one regional magazine that was on stands for a week," McCarthy added. "Over 35 years later, we're still talking about it."

BRATS is on Hulu June 13.

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