Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Cheaper by the Dozen

Steve Martin's new movie Cheaper by the Dozen might be very good. I don't plan to see it, though, on the principle that I shouldn't reward Hollywood for putting out yet another superfluous remake of a classic film.

I can scarcely put into words the resolute contempt with which I avoided seeing Adam Sandler's Mr. Deeds, which was a remake of the classic Gary Cooper/Frank Capra film Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. As one reviewer put it, "What's next? Rob Schneider, Dana Carvey and Sarah Michelle Gellar in The Philadelphia Story? David Spade as Citizen Kane?" Or perhaps Vin Diesel as George Bailey in a remake of It's a Wonderful Life?


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