Groundhog Day for Teens?

When is a remake not a remake? When it's pretty much a straight lift of an idea. Now, when it's an idea done as many times (both before and after) as Groundhog Day, it's kind of hard to claim ownership. Of course, since Groundhog Day is the best the idea's ever been done, it kind of gets all the credit.

Well, it looks like Disney is setting up to put together their version of the story, tentatively titled Monday Monday, which I saw taking a beating in some blogs this past weekend. You see, it is currently common critical wisdom that anything borrowed, lifted or outright stolen is a bad thing (unless it's done by Quentin Tarantino, at which point it becomes a clever homage) and should never be attempted. And frankly, that kind of thinking is just plain wrong.

I admit that a lot of recycled material is lacking. But there are also quite a few examples of the new product being superior. Here we have a case in which someone is taking the idea of the repeating day, best executed by Bill Murray 14 years ago, and putting it in a story aimed at kids (who probably haven't seen or are still too young to see the innuendo strewn original).

Strangely, this could actually be pretty good, if they do it right. The concept is that a kid has to repeat the first day at a new school over and over and over again until he gets it right. Yeah, something we wish we all could have done at some point. And as a lover of High School comedies I think this could be pretty damned entertaining, as long as they stick to the tried and true geek/dork fish out of water story rather than the current trend of the Super cool kid who just gets treated like a dork (see Clockstoppers or A Cinderella Story.) Treat this like Three O'clock High or Sixteen Candles and you could have a movie that sticks with a generation. Treat it like anything starring Hillary Duff or Lindsey Lohan and you'll have a big fat turkey that everyone calls a pathetic knock off.

I'm not ready to call this one from this far out, but it's a movie I'm interested in seeing. And that's saying something.

C. Robert Cargill - - - Email Me

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Austin-based Cargill, who not only loves but owns The Cutting Edge, writes on movies and DVD five times a week.