You want to know what the 80s were like? Watch St. Elmo’s Fire. (Not!)
by Bob Schwartz
It’s hard to know whether to say that St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) reflects the 1980s. On the one hand, it does star the so-called Brat Pack of young stars (real or wannabe) of the era. On the other hand, it is so cheesy and Hollywood-version-of-unreality, starring the so-called Brat Pack of young stars (real or wannabe) of the era:
Emilio Estevez as Kirby “Kirbo” Keager, a law student and waiter at St. Elmo’s Bar.
Rob Lowe as Billy Hicks, a saxophonist “frat boy” and reluctant husband and father.
Andrew McCarthy as Kevin Dolenz, a writer for The Washington Post with a sullen streak, and Kirby’s roommate.
Demi Moore as Julianna “Jules” Van Patten, an international banker and the “party girl” of the group.
Judd Nelson as Alec Newbury, a yuppie pursuing a career in politics.
Ally Sheedy as Leslie Hunter, a budding architect who is reluctant to marry Alec.
Mare Winningham as Wendy Beamish, a welfare clerk from a wealthy family and devoted to helping others.
If you’ve never seen it, you’ve gotta watch it. And in a twisted, ironic, completely unhistorical way, you’ve gotta love it.