Freaky Friday

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It feels as if every few months Hollywood comes up with a new and improved version of a classic film. Well, not always improveda 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 Streetthe 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.

Freaky Friday

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.

Ocean’s Eleven

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.

Tell ME: Which is your favorite movie remake?

Jenna Cusumano

Freaky Friday

We love our moms and want them to feel special and appreciated. And what better way than to choose a great flick to convey that? ME is here with a mommy-approved movie guide she will love!

1) The Incredibles

At some point we all think of our moms as super heroines, but in The Incredibles, she really is. It may not entirely focus on her relationship with her children, but it does go to show the work moms go through to for her kids.

2) My Big Fat Greek Wedding

If your mother may butt-in to your life way too much, fear not. This movie proves that although she may meddle in your affairs, it’s done with love in mind.

3) The Parent Trap

This movie shows the relationship between a mother and her two daughters, one of which has never lived with her because of a divorce. This movie helps you appreciate the pranks you didn’t have to do to spend time with your mom this mother’s day.

4) Madea’s Big Happy Family

Sometimes you need a reminder as to why mothers are so important to a family, and any movie with Madea will usually do the trick. Through all of the chaos and humor, there is a valuable lesson that comes from a strong mother/child relationship.

5) Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is one of the best movies to sit down and watch with mom. The love shared and reflected between Forrest and his mother will touch you both.

6) Freaky Friday

Ever thought your life is so difficult that you would trade places with your mom? Well, enjoy Freaky Friday with your mom this Mother’s Day and see what happens. Who knows? You both might learn something new about each other.

7) Under the Same Moon

This movie takes you through the life changing journey a young Mexican boy, Carlos Reyes, goes through to reunite with his mother who is working in the United States. Warning: You and mom will break out the tissues for this movie.

8) Steel Magnolias

Although this is more of a tear-jerking movie from the late ’80s, it’s also the type of movie that will make you appreciate your mother and life.

9) 101 Dalmatians

Remember the caring mother Perdita was? Bring back some fond memories of puppies and mothers with some Disney magic.

10) The Joy Luck Club

A wonderful story that deals around mothers who share their stories of their lives prior to immigrating to the U.S. during WWII and daughters learning to appreciate their mothers’ struggles. This is the perfect movie to bond with your mother over family history.

-Gabriela Castelan