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Movies That Should Never Be Remade...Ever.

So I flipped through the channels the other night and saw that Lifetime had remade the ultimate chick flick classic, Steel Magnolias.  Here is the synopsis from Lifetime's website:


In Lifetime's contemporary version of the beloved stage play and 1989 film, “Steel Magnolias” chronicles the lives and friendship of six women in Louisiana. Supporting each other through their triumphs and tragedies, they congregate at Truvy’s beauty shop to ponder the mysteries of life and death, husbands and children - and hair and nails - all the important topics that truly unite and celebrate women.

The Cast-- Golden Globe® and Grammy® Award winner and Academy Award® nominee Queen Latifah stars in and executive produces the film, reuniting her with producing duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, from the Oscar and Golden Globe winning "Chicago" and "Hairspray." Directed by Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun), the film features Queen Latifah as ‘M’Lynn’, Tony® Award winner Phylicia Rashad as ‘Clairee,’ Independent Spirit Award nominee Adepero Oduye as ‘Annelle,’ Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad as ‘Shelby,’ Grammy winner Jill Scott as ‘Truvy’ and Golden Globe and multiple Emmy®- winner Alfre Woodard as ‘Ouiser.’

At first I was like, "Yes.  I know it won't be as good as the original, but it can't be that bad."

Ouch.  It was.

I mean come on, I barely even teared up and I was exactly one week out from losing my own mother.  The very mom who introduced me to this film and that I quoted line after line from this movie with.

The acting was bad and seemed forced.  I love Queen Latifah, but she just didn't fit the role of M'Lynn at all, especially in the climatic end scene where she describes Shelby's death.  Totally disappointing. :\  Some  scenes seemed rushed and didn't embrace the beautiful lines that were spoken in them.

The original was a classic, and probably established my love of the South and all of it's charm into my head at the tender age of nine.  It might have been with good intentions, but remaking this classic was totally disrespecting a classic.

What other movies would you cringe at if ever remade?  If you are like me, they are just about ever good movie from your childhood.  Although I have very high hopes for the Great Gatsby's remake coming soon.  Hopefully it's epic.


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