It feels as if every few months Hollywood comes up with a new and improved version of a classic film. Well, not always improved—a batch of fresh faced actors and a modern plot twist doesn’t always cut it with moviegoers. But we’ve combed through movie remake history and found a handful of awesoME flicks that are definitely worth adding onto your instant queue.
In 1984, Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer stepped into their dancing shoes and became part of one of the most iconic dance movies ever. So in 2011, when Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald slipped into the roles of the classic characters in the remake, many people were skeptical than excited. However, the new Footloose paid homage by sticking to the original script. There were small differences in details, like the car brand names. Since the 2011 flick casted dancing professionals, the new Footloose was able to stand on its own.
21 Jump Street
Your parents were probably obsessed with 21 Jump Street—the 1980s TV show. But let’s be honest, the big reason teens know about this cop drama is for the star of the show (ahem, Mr. Johnny Depp!). In 2011, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill starred in the remake as two undercover cops returning to high school to bust a drug ring. This hilarious movie proves that two new Hollywood movie stars have the chops to deliver a fresh remake. Paying respect to the acting gig that thrusted him to A-list stardom, Johnny Depp also makes a cameo in what was, arguably, the funniest movie of 2011.
Coming off as a remake of the 1976 movie, Freaky Friday stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, and Chad Michael Murray. The 2003 movie is one most people will now remember today as being a Lohan classic. There’s no doubt the spunky and rebel feel in Lohan’s role will connect with most teenagers today.
A new generation always sparks new remakes for Hollywood. In 1960, Ocean’s Eleven was released about a group of men that wanted to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night. Forty one years later, Hollywood wanted to relive the excitement all over again. In 2001, big names like George Clooney and Brad Pitt came together to take on this new project. This time though, only three casinos would be robbed. The 2001 remake proved to be so popular that it sparked two sequels: Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.
Father of the Bride
This 1991 film is one for the heartfelt moviegoers. While the storyline is consistent with the original—a father trying to come to terms with letting his little girl grow up and get married. Sexuality is less taboo between the bride and groom, the women are finally able to wear pants, and the characters have opposing beliefs. The times were definitely a-changing, and this version made that loud and clear.
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