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The magazine cover that first coined the term.

The "Brat Pack" is the collective term for a group of young actors who came to fame in The '80s and became virtually synonymous with coming-of-age movies, particularly the works of John Hughes.

Actors associated with the group included Molly Ringwald, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy, Anthony Michael Hall, and Rob Lowe.

Unlike the Rat Pack, however, the Brat Pack wasn't an established group who hung out and collaborated out of friendship. Rather, they were actors who happened to work together on a number of popular films and got lumped as a group because they attracted large audiences.

The term itself was coined by writer David Blum in what was actually a critical commentary about how the actors behaved, in Blum's view, liked brats off camera and seemed to represent the worst excesses of the 80's. However, audiences and the Hollywood press loved the term and applied it to the associated actors wherever they could.


The actors, themselves, saw "Brat Pack" as a slur and, after the article's publication, began avoiding working together to distance themselves and avoid being tied to the term. Years later, however, many started accepting that they'd be forever linked to it, some even viewing it with affection.

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