It’s the time of year where staying inside holds more appeal than venturing out into the cold, wet and windy world! Here we take a look at four Brat Pack movies which make great viewing curled up on the sofa under a blanket!
Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 effort The Outsiders came off the back of huge critical acclaim for both The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. While not quite as well received as the aforementioned movies, The Outsiders is a fantastic film in its own right. Telling the story of rival teen gangs, The Outsiders deals with a number of serious issues. Not to give too much away, but the Greasers face off against the Socials with tragic consequences which is the set up for the rest of the film. While not without some flaws, The Outsiders has definitely stood the test of time and features some very young Hollywood stars.
Fast forward seven years to 1990, and we saw the release of one of the lesser Brat Pack genre lights, Betsy’s Wedding. In some ways marking the end of the Brat Pack era, this romantic comedy starred Molly Ringwald as Betsy. The premise revolves around Betsy’s Wedding (as the title suggests!) and the struggles for her working class family trying to pay for the big day. Her father considers hitting online casinos au to fund the venture at one stage! While Molly herself may agree this isn’t her finest work, Betsy’s Wedding is a fun film with a great supporting cast.
1986 release Wisdom stars real life Brat Pack couple of the time, Demi Moore and Emilio Estevez. Written and directed by Emilio, this movie was released at the height of the actor’s fame and gave a young man the opportunity to work on a passion project while gaining experience of being behind the camera. The movie certainly has its critics, but is also not without merit. I always find it interesting to watch some of Estevez’s earlier work and his chemistry with Demi Moore is undeniable here.
About Last Night
Having since be the subject of a 2014 remake, About Last Night was originally released in 1986. The film documents the trials and tribulations of Danny and Debbie, played by Rob Lowe and Demi Moore respectively. Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins are both excellent in supporting roles and while viewers may find the will they won’t they aspect of the title character’s relationship frustrating at times, I think that is the point!