Monday, February 06, 2006

Remade Crap

Recently, my wife and I went out to our local movie theater to see the new incarnation of a movie by the name of “Yours, Mine and Ours”, because she said that she wanted to see it. She said that the original was really good, and I thought, “Then this version should be good too!” While we were sitting there watching it, we both noticed how the new version had some “updates” made to the storyline that did not need to be there. One such update was how the main female character was written to be an “artistic, creative type who doesn’t believe in discipline at all”. Keep in mind, this woman has 10 KIDS living in her house. What real woman raising that many kids in her own house is going to allow that many kids to run rampant all throughout, causing all kinds of havoc, claiming that they’re just “expressing themselves”? No real woman, that’s who. I don’t have to be a woman to see that this is the truth. All it takes is common freakin’ sense. What I find sad about this new version is how the main male character is portrayed as being a “staunch disciplinarian who doesn’t let his kids do anything fun”, and he’s made to look like the “bad guy” just because he has a sense of organization and he believes in discipline. What in the blue hell is wrong with that? What kind of world do we live in where discipline is made light of in the movies we watch? If you think all of this sounds ridiculous, I’ve got more. During the course of the movie, the main female character tells her husband, the main male character, “We don’t ever spank the children”. Excuse the hell out of me, but there’s 18 kids living in their house. How in the hell does this woman suppose any one of these kids are going to know what discipline is all about if she doesn’t back up her husband’s knowledge of discipline being a good thing? All I really saw in this new version of a classic movie is a bunch of updated crap that involved the main female character coercing the main male character away from kicking the kids’ collective asses when they needed it. All I saw was a bunch of compromises being made where there shouldn’t have been ANY compromises at all. I’m not saying that parents should go medieval on their kids when they do something wrong, I’m just simply saying that if a child does something wrong that the parent(s) know the child should be disciplined about, then by all means discipline them. And NO, putting the child in time out isn’t going to get the message across. All that will accomplish is giving the child waaaay too much time to sit there and come up with ways for them to get away with more crap. If you don’t agree with this, then you don’t know how a child thinks. You obviously have forgotten what the mind of a child is like.

On to the original version of “Yours, Mine and Ours”. All I need to say about this movie is that it’s WAAAAY better than the remake, which is of no huge surprise, considering that nowadays all Hollywood seems to be able to produce is nothing but crappy ass remakes. If you want to know how much better it is than the remake, either go to your local Wal-Mart and look for your very own copy, or better yet, buy it online and when it gets to your house, watch it. But be sure you watch the original before watching the remake, so you will be able to pick out the differences between the two. Seriously, everything that I didn’t like about the remake of this movie was what I liked about the original, and then some. Sure, the remade version stars Kevin Costner and a really hot chick, as well as a whole buttload of cute, precocious kids, and even a damn pig, but that’s not NEAR enough to make up for the flop that the remade version really is. The remade version does have its high points, but it just isn’t enough to make this a credible remake. All the new version shares, in my mind, with the original, is the name. Other than that, they may as well be two totally different movies.


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