Father of the Bride was just released on HBO Max last week.
This is the third film adaptation of the 1949 novel of the same name written by Edward Streeter. In 1950, the novel was adapted into a film starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Then, in 1991, it was remade with Steve Martin.
The newest iteration of the film is a fresh new take on the story, with a Cuban-American family at the helm.
Sometimes, we get lucky and Hollywood will give us a remake that brings something new to the story. But, more often than not, we’re just watching a carbon copy of a movie that brought film execs financial success in the past.
So let’s take a look at 8 remakes that actually had something new to say, and 8 that seem a little TOO familiar if you ask me:
TOO SIMILAR — Little Women (2019)
ADDED SOMETHING NEW — Annie (2014)
TOO SIMILAR — Carrie (2013)
ADDED SOMETHING NEW — West Side Story (2021)
TOO SIMILAR — Psycho (1998)
ADDED SOMETHING NEW — Freaky Friday (2018)
TOO SIMILAR — A Christmas Carol
ADDED SOMETHING NEW (but just barely) — Pet Sematary (2019)
TOO SIMILAR — The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
ADDED SOMETHING NEW — Ghostbusters (2016)
TOO SIMILAR — Cinderella (2015)
ADDED SOMETHING NEW — The Mummy (1999)
TOO SIMILAR — A Star is Born (2018)
ADDED SOMETHING NEW — The Great Gatsby (2013)
TOO SIMILAR — Funny Games (2007)
ADDED SOMETHING NEW — Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Let us know which remakes you thought added something new to the source material and which ones were too similar.
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