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Who Is This Generation's Brat Pack?

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | June 12, 2014 | Comments ()


I know that actors dislike comparisons and categorizations (especially Shailene Woodley, for good reason), but for Internet list purposes, they’re fun, and this one in particular because a strong group of actors is beginning to take shape as sort of Hollywood’s next generation: They’re being cast in a lot of films, they’re working together frequently, they’re 27 or younger, and like the Brat Pack, they’re often featured as the leads in movies about high-school or college kids.

Not all of the next generation’s Hollywood actors are among them: Jennifer Lawrence is obviously like the Julia Roberts of the group: She’s already ascended, along with Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield). Meanwhile, Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, and Oscar Isaac (among others) aren’t really in this crowd. However, I think the following list of eight seems to be the best spiritual fit to the original Brat Pack: Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy.

I will note, however, that the new generation of Brat Packers, or The Echo Boomer Pack, is less flashy than the ’80s version, more activist, and — no offense to the original Brat pack — but better actors, by and large.

The Core Members

Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, The Spectacular Now)

Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, Carrie)

Miles Teller (Divergent, That Awkward Moment, The Spectacular Now)

Michael B. Jordan (That Awkward Moment, Fruitvale Station, Chronicle)

Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now, Short Term 12, Don Jon)

Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Warm Bodies, the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road)

Elizabeth Olsen — (the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Godzilla)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Kick-Ass, Godzilla)

The Non-Core Members

The James Spader Creepy Award Goes to Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

The Michael Schoeffling Early Career Bow-Out Award Could Go To Theo James (Divergent)

The Peripheral Ralph Macchio Award Goes to Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars)

The Tough Guy Patrick Swayze Award Goes to Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard, Divergent, Terminator: Genesis)

The Haviland Morris Forgotten Girlfriend Award Goes to Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, I Am Number Four)

The C. Thomas Howell Lifetime Supporting Character Award Goes to Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect)

The Ione Skye Too-Cool for This Crowd Award Goes to Greta Gerwig.

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  • More like Pack of Really Bland People With Stupid Names...

  • TomokoHowse

    what does it explain the future for the Generations Brat pack?

  • zeke_the_pig

    Good to see Hollywood has broadened its racial boundaries so much in 30 years.

  • e jerry powell

    A little history:

    The Brat Pack is pretty much stuck to that generation. See, the Brat Pack was the eighties version of the fifties'/sixties' Rat Pack (so named by Lauren Bacall and including Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Sid Luft, Swifty Lazar, David Niven, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, George Cukor, Cary Grant, Rex Harrison, Jimmy van Heusen, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop, with mascots Marilyn Monroe, Angie Dickinson, Juliet Prowse, and Shirley MacLaine), but after the death of Humphrey Bogart, they started calling themselves "The Clan." So the Brat Pack was not their generation of the Rat Pack, though they were similarly situated in terms of having frequently-connected work schedules; different name, distinct identity, not to mention that the Rat Pack, being originally a bunch of friends who actually spent a significant amount of time together socially, included non-performers.

    So now it's time to come up with a different name (unless, say, Rumer Willis is going to be involved).

  • LwoodPDowd

    The friendship issue was the biggest part missing from this list. The brat pack and the frat pack a bit later not only performed together, but were also frequently seen socializing with one another. Now it could be that the only gossip news I get is reading the summaries of pajiba love without clicking the link, but I don't see any evidence of friendships amongst this group

  • e jerry powell

    Beyond the cast of Magic Mike or This Is the End, it seems like Young Hollywood is every man for himself; all of Brad Pitt's friends are too old for Young Hollywood these days.

  • vodka

    I'm willing to put real money up that the only one that will have an actual career is Dean DeHaan. Never a leading man, but consistently the best part of 'indie' movies for the next 20 years. He'll get a few supporting oscar nods and only finally win when he's 62.

  • Which kind of works as a Spader-ish comparison.

  • TacoBellRey

    Chronicle messed me up so bad.

  • _Alexander_

    Good list but I think the true Brat Pack of the current generation is Tatiana Maslany together with Tatiana Maslany, Tatiana Maslany and let's not forget Tatiana Maslany as welll

  • tarqueeny

    Why would anyone want to be the new Brat Pack. Most of the original BP had next to no careers within 5 years. In the 90s Demi Moore hung around for a while and, but nowadays, other than Rob Lowe and marginally, James Spader, none of the BP are relevant.

  • kimk

    But.... back in the '80s they got to do ALL THE COCAINE. That counts for something, right?

  • mzblackwidow

    James Spader is in no way marginal

  • Dumily

    I'm sorry, but if you're going to discuss the Brat Pack members' films and not mention the seminal genius that was "Mannequin", I'm going to have to discount your opinion.

  • Slim

    I was just singing the hell out of Starship's "Nothing's Going to Stop Us Now" last night.

  • Dumily

    That's a terrible song. I mean, I love it. But it's terrible.

  • gorge jung

    Ive tried to give Miles Teller a chance but he just reminds me of the guy at a party that tries way too hard to be cool and liked by everyone. He has his moments but ultimately gets to be annoying very very quickly.

  • pajiba

    Miles Teller is actually my favorite from the whole crew, and it's because of this montage in an otherwise TERRIBLE movie. I have been completely sold on him since (and was glad that he finally made a few good movies, too).


  • gorge jung

    Hes no Chris Penn but not bad. I got my girlfriend to watch the original with me and she said its worse than this one. We are somehow still together. I grew up with Kevin Bacons lonely dance. I can quote almost that whole movie and she said it sucked. Im still upset about.

  • NateMan

    He makes me want to punch him in his smarmy face. But he's not a shabby actor.

  • Dumily

    "Who Is This Generations Brat Pack? A List of People With Whom Dumily Is Mostly Unfamiliar."

  • Ginger McFlea

    This is the Headline when I realised "this generation" no longer refers to me. This hurts. I come to this website to escape the harsh realities of life, not to be slapped in the face with them. I have only the vaguest idea of 3 of these people. And I only know one because of About A Boy. And obviously only then because of Hugh Grant. Who is nowhere on this list. Sob.

  • Dumily

    My moment came a couple of years ago when I asked my 12 year old cousin who the new NSync was. If this One Direction that I'd heard about was taking the place of the Backstreet Boys. She said, "Who's NSync?"

  • mzblackwidow

    I think Brie Larson is an outstanding actress, Nick Hoult & little Olsen are good and I have no clue who the rest are except the Woodley girl. I have never seen her act but I have heard her talk and that was more than enough for me >.>

  • NateMan

    For me they're mostly people I look at and say "Oh yeah... That guy/woman." I only figured out who Hoult was after seeing him in Jack & the Beanstalk, Warm Bodies, and X-Men First Class all in the same week - and I'd already watched X-Men about 3 times. But the ones I recognize have all been great.

  • Dumily

    Am I allowed to call them the movies they've been in/ people they're related to? Because I would definetly be able to identify Brie Larson, Michael B Jordan, Nicholas Hoult, and Greta Gerwin. Then I'd point out Kick Ass, the little Olsen, the Descendants chick whose name I can't pronounce, and Ole Buddy from Pitch Perfect. The rest would be varying degrees of "Was he in 'Scott Pilgrim'?"

    Also I'm vary familiar with Nicholas Hoult, but only because I still can't believe About A Boy is banging J Law.

  • NateMan

    Can we talk for a second about how fantastic Nicholas Hoult is? Dude can ACT.

  • AvaLehra

    He will be an eternal favorite in our household because of About a Boy.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Even though A Single Man was Colin Firth's show Hoult gave a terrific performance in a film filled with actors at the top of their game. It also featured what I thought was Julianne Moore's best supporting role to date, and that's saying something.

    You should definitely check it out if you haven't already, it's essentially a Wong Kar Wai film directed by Tom Ford and just as beautiful and heartbreaking. I should probably stop rambling whenever I'm recommending some of my favourite movies on The Internet but trust me on that one, you'll not be disappointed.

  • $13098698

    God, that movie was perfection. Utterly, utterly emotionally devastating and uplifting at the same time. And it contained the below line delivered with the perfect comic timing by Julianne Moore for which I'll always be grateful:

    "Well, the young ones have no manners. The other day at the car wash I had a young man look me up and down and actually ask me if I was a natural blonde!
    I looked him straight in the eye and said: “Well, letʼs just say that if I stood on my head I would be a natural brunette with lovely breath.”

  • We can talk about that all day.

  • NateMan

    How was a zombie movie the best rom-com I've ever seen, for example?

  • Ryan Ambrose

    THANK YOU, I thought I had been the only one to walk out of the theatre with a stupid grin on my face and a song in my heart because of how delighted I was by that film.

  • How did he get me to watch two full series of the filthiest British show centered around teenagers I've ever seen, playing an unlikable sociopath?

  • Zeus McGuinnes

    Coz it was a great show (for the first two seasons).

  • BendinIntheWind

    Oh my god, that pic of Aaron Taylor-Johnson and his "Godzilla" family is squeezing my ovaries.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    If only they had been as adorable in that film as they're are in that pic.

  • lowercase_ryan


  • Rebecca Hachmyer

    You took the word right out of my mouth.

  • SlurpyDurp

    So am I the only one who finds Shailene Woodley darn near insufferable?

  • NateMan

    I agree with her on most things, and yet I can't stand to hear her talk. I don't want to have that reaction, but I can't help it. It's like listening to a first year Women's Studies major who hasn't actually actually combined real world circumstance with theory yet. I think she's gonna grow up to be a very powerful speaker. Or a total space-cadet hippy, could go either way. But she's not there yet.

  • vodka

    I would expect a first year Women's Studies major to at least have a base academic understanding of feminism.

  • Modernlove

    In interviews, or anything to do with real life I am totally with you. Damn that girl can act, though. I loved her in The Descendants and in The Fault in our Stars. She really surprised me in the latter, I was expecting not to like her so much but she nailed it.

  • "Ansel Elgort"

    I feel like I'm pretty plugged into pop culture and I have absolutely no idea who this person is. Sans context, I figured this was an anagram of "Enlarge Slot," which is kinda awesome for a guy who I assume will just crush it for the next 10 years.

    In fact, he may have the most anagram-friendly name in history. Some others:

    - Legal Stoner
    - Gallon Trees
    - Largo Nestle
    - Earl Longest
    - Tango Seller
    - Oral Gentles
    - Strange El Lo
    - Eternal Logs

  • NateMan

    Earl Longest sounds like a snobby British porn star.

  • Wigamer

    Oral Gentles sounds like a very sweet, misguided porn star.

  • Gallon trees is my favourite.

  • logan

    In the Woodley pic is that nip or just my dirty imagination?

  • Guest

    Raise your hand if you read this comment then went back and scrutinized that pic until you realized what a perv you are.

  • Guest

    Raise your hand if you read this comment then went back and scrutinized that picture for several minutes until you realized what a perv you are.

  • Kala

    It's your imagination, homes. Her nipple is another inch and a half east-south east.

    And now that I've spent a solid minute estimating the location of a young woman's nipple, excuse me while I reevaluate my life.

  • NateMan

    That last sentence is genius.

  • logan

    Yeah i just had idle curiosity. You pulled out the trigonometry.
    : )

  • Kala

    Thank you. I really did kind of math that. Think I'm going to learn how to code or engineer a bridge or something.

  • Jim

    Chalk it up to a probability question about the most likely location of a specific area on a 3-dimensional surface.

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