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Movies That Actually Need to Be Remade

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. The general premise behind a movie remake or reboot is that if something was popular once, it should be popular again. Or, as Nick Offerman's character puts it in 21 Jump Street, "The guys in charge of this stuff lack creativity and are completely out of ideas. So all they do now is recycle sh*t from the past and expect us all not to notice."

But let's look at this another way. What are some movies that could have been really good if not for a casting mistake, a weird plot turn, or some other regrettable decision? What movies NEED to be remade, because they could have been so much better?

2. If you had the power to dictate such things, and if un-remake-able were a word, what's one film you would declare un-remake-able?

3. Everyone has books they reread from time to time, but what single book do you most-wish you could read again for the first time?

4. If you could have lived with any TV family growing up, which would you choose?

Also: if you're in New York and not busy on April 26th, we're having a party.

[Have a great weekend! See all the previous Friday Happy Hour transcripts.]