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Four Movies that should not be Remade

Updated on September 12, 2014

1. The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club Cast

The Breakfast Club

I might be a little bit bias with this movie, as it is my favourite. But, seriously, how could anyone ever think of remaking it.

The Breakfast Club stared members of the infamous Brat Pack, Judd Nelson as Bender, Molly Ringwald as Claire, Ally Sheedy as Allison, Anthony Michael Hall as Brian and Emilio Estevez as Andrew.

Movie Summary from (www.imdb.com)

They were five students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say, but by 4 p.m., they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. To the outside world they were simply a Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, a Princess, and a Criminal, but to each other, they would always be the Breakfast Club. Written by Anonymous.

Remake?

So why should it not be remade? For me that is a very easy answer. Because the essence of the characters would be lost.

Could you imagine, for example, Zac Efron playing the role of Bender and being able to deliver the following as convincingly as Judd Nelson?

Or Selena Gomez in the role or Clair?

And then there is the soundtrack, how could anything possibly replace Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me."

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2. Heathers

Veronica and the Heathers

Heathers

I am sure there were times when we were all in high school that we wished that something really horrible would happen to the "cool" popular kids so they would stop making our lives miserable. And I am also sure there was time when we wished someone would blow up our school.

Well, Heathers staring Christian Slater and Winona Ryder did just that.

Movie Summary (www.imdb.com)

A regular girl, Veronica, tries to survive the social jungle of high school by sticking with the three most popular girls at school who are all called Heather. As she meets a sociopath named JD, her life spirals into a continuous cycle of hate, unintentional murder and indifference, as she exacts revenge on her enemies, also known as her best friends. Written by Marielle <msaz.movies@gmail.com>

JD and Veronica

So, Why Not Remake It?

Well, it has kind of been remade...into a musical.

I don't think there is anyone who could come close to matching the sexy bad boy persona Christian Slater has as the character of J.D, or the intelligence and confidence Winona Ryder has as the character of Veronica. Not to mention the on screen chemistry.

As for the Heathers, Kim Walker (Heather number 1), Lisanne Flak (Heather number 2) and Shannen Doherty (Heather number 3) are spot on as rich snobs.

Another reason Heathers shouldn't be remade is due to the fact that young people today are a lot more impressionable and with things like social media and texting conflicts tend to escalate far quicker then for young people that grew up in the 80's and 90's.

3. Dirty Dancing

Baby and Johnny Dance for the First Time

Dirty Dancing

  • When Dirty Dancing was released I sat and watched in amazement, the dancing was like nothing else I could imagine and the music was fantastic. That's why the third movie on my list is Dirty Dancing.

    Movie Summary (www.imdb.com)

    In 1963, Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Baby has grown up in privileged surroundings and all expect her to go on to college, join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, just like her father. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle, a man whose background is vastly different from her own. Baby lies to her father to get money to pay for an illegal abortion for Johnny's dance partner. She then fills in as Johnny's dance partner and it is as he is teaching her the dance routine that they fall in love. It all comes apart when Johnny's friend falls seriously ill after her abortion and Baby gets her father, who saves the girl's life. He then learns what Baby has been up to, who with and worse - that he funded the illegal abortion. He bans his daughter from any further association with "those people". In the first deliberately willful action of her life, Baby later sneaks out to see Johnny - ostensibly to apologize for her father's rudeness - and ends up consummating her relationship with Johnny. A jealous fellow vacationer sees Baby sneaking out of Johnny's bungalow the next morning, and in an act of retribution, tells management that he is responsible for a theft the evening before, knowing he would not furnish his real whereabouts.

    - Written by Amanda W, amended by Linda C.

No Remake Please

There has been rumors that a remake is on the cards, but so far nothing seems to be happening. Fingers crossed that it doesn't happen.

The final dance itself is a great reason not to remake. How could the passion in that final scene be matched. When Johnny walks over to the table where Baby is siting with her family and says "No body puts Baby in a corner."

Despite the sexual nature of some of the dancing, there is this sense of wholesomeness, in that the dancing isn't done where the guests can see it or even know about it. In fact the movie has that same wholesomeness throughout. I think it would be hard to keep that if it was to be remade.



A Trailer That Needs No Words

A True Love Story

There are a lot of "love story" type movies out there, but there are only two that I can think of that tugs at the heart each and every time you watch them. One of them is Love Story starting Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal.

Movie Summary (www.imdb.com)

Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny - and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When they marry, Oliver's wealthy father threatens to disown him. Jenny tries to reconcile the Barrett men, but to no avail. Oliver and Jenny continue to build their life together. Relying only on each other, they believe love can fix anything. But fate has other plans. Soon, what began as a brutally honest friendship becomes the love story of their lives. Written by Anonymous

Tissue Alert

True Love Can't Be Remade

The only other movie that comes close to matching Love Story is The Notebook. Not even Romeo and Juliet comes close.

The pureness of what true love really is has been captured, so has the impact of loosing that love.

There is a sequel Oliver's Story, but in all honesty there was no need.

A List That Could Go Forever

I think we can all agree a list like this could go on forever and of course there are a lot more movies that can be added to this list such as The Exorcist and The Godfather.

And then there are some movie remakes that are just as good or better then the original like Poseidon and The Stepford Wives, at least I think so.

I would love to know what movies you think shouldn't be remade, what remakes you think are just as good or better then the original and even what movies you would like to see remade.


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      Simone Sharp 2 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

      Thanks minababe, I couldn't agree more :-)

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      minababe 2 years ago

      I definitely don't think Heathers should be remade, if only because we live in a post-Columbine world where kids are not above using violence as a form of revenge against their classmates. A remake would probably inspire tons of kids to blow up their schools or pull another Sandy Hook.