So I read that Disney plans to remake the 1987 film Adventures in Babysitting, with Raven Symone (of the Disney Channel's "That's So Raven") filling Elisabeth Shue's shoes.
Look, I think most remakes are unnecessary, and contribute heavily to the glut of movie releases. But the way fellow members of my generation have overreacted, you'd think Kevin Costner was remaking Casablanca and playing up the homoeroticism.
The way I see it, things could be much worse. At least we have a teenage actress playing a teenager. And because the producer is not named George Lucas, the original film will still exist. (Though it may soon be locked up in the Disney vault.)
Anyway, I thought this would be a good time to praise the 1987 cast. Elisabeth Shue got an Oscar nomination only 8 years later, for Leaving Las Vegas. Her character's cheating boyfriend -- who had the license plate "SO COOL," grew up to be Bradley Whitford of The West Wing. Her new love interest was George Newbern, from those Father of the Bride, ahem, remakes. Her friend stuck at the bus station was Penelope Ann Miller. And let's not forget the Thor-like mechanic who fixes her car, Vincent D'Onofrio.
Of the kids in the film, Anthony Rapp is best known now, as a cast member of Rent (the original stage production and 2005 movie). I know far less about Keith Coogan and Maia Brewton.
55 Fiction Friday reminds you that this is the second half of my 110-word story. The first half can be found here.
In the meantime, Marc was making the best of the situation. Whether athlete or actor, he’d been a second banana, watching Tim Duncan or Sarah Michelle Gellar get the attention. Even now, he was dating Lauren, but only as her alternative. On a first name basis, he was only two-thirds of who she really wanted.