OK, I know what you're thinking: How could we possibly need any more remakes in the world? And trust me, I hear you on that. But while Hollywood is having a remake bonanza at the moment, I feel that we might as well get some decent movies out of it. And there's certain early '00s remakes that need to happen right now. While there's a veritable pack of early '00s movies that shouldn't be remade — films that are so entrenched in pop culture and so classic that they're untouchable — I feel that all of the following movies easily lend themselves to a modern reboot. And all without tarnishing the original movie.
Some of these movies deserve a remake, simply because the original maybe didn't get the sort of wide audience and appreciation that they deserved the first time around. While others, I feel, are simply so well-suited for the current political and social climate that it would be a crime not to give them a modern spin. The rest of them are simply movies that I absolutely think we need right now: whether for fun, catharsis, or the simple pleasure of being able to lose yourself to the whimsy of a beautifully escapist movie. I'd pay good money to see any of these films remade for modern times.
1. 'Save The Last Dance'
As well as providing a smart and beautiful look at interracial relationships, Save The Last Dance was also just a ton of fun. Ballet and hip-hop together? Yes, please. We need all of that right now.
With or without a superstar like Britney Spears, Crossroads is begging for a modern remake. Powerful female friendships are something that audiences still deserve to see more of, and Crossroads was all about it.
This dark, teen comedy full of religious satire that deals with topics like teen pregnancy and sexuality couldn't be more right for the current political climate.
4. 'American Psycho'
There's just something about a satirical movie in which the lead character is an egotistical, power-crazed, misogynist with an obsession for Donald Trump that feels so right in 2017.
5. 'V For Vendetta'
It would be painfully and scarily relevant to the world view of many people right now. Let's just leave it at that.
6. 'Ginger Snaps'
One of the most underrated, and feminist, horror movies of the past 20 years. The original is immaculate, but damn, a remake would be thrilling.
However you feel about U.S. remakes of foreign cinematic classics, there's no denying that we could all do with a fix of Amélie's perfect whimsy right about now.
8. 'High Tension'
On the opposite end of that spectrum, there is this absolutely terrifying French horror with one of the most shocking twists in cinema history. Despite being an outstanding movie, I've always felt it deserved a wider audience that it ever had, and now might be the time for that happen.
9. 'Coyote Ugly'
Female friendship, empowerment, and the joys of dancing on a bar top all combined in the one movie? Yes, yes, and yes.
10. 'Session 9'
This creepy-as-hell psychological horror set in an abandoned mental asylum could definitely benefit from a modern update, and the spooky potential that could come with new technology.
11. 'The Rules Of Attraction'
The 2002 adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel is a beloved cult-favorite. However great it is, the movie definitely lacked some of the gay romance of the book — something that could be perfectly and powerfully remedied today.
As far as I'm concerned, 50 Shades Of Grey needs to be challenged, and Secretary is exactly the subversive, S&M romance that could do that.
13. 'The Girl Next Door'
Just your typical romantic story of a porn star meeting a sweet virginal high school student. Remake it. It was secretly wonderful.
14. 'Sugar & Spice'
There will never be a time when a movie depicting a squad of cheerleaders becoming bank robbers won't be something that I will absolutely kill to see. Plus, just imagine the kind of awesome cast that could be in this movie right now.
15. 'O (Othello)'
This 2001 teen adaptation of William Shakespeare's Othello was pretty terrific and powerful. We're long overdue any kind of a cinematic retelling of a Shakespeare story, and this one, which deals with issues like envy and racism, would be perfect.
16. 'The Butterfly Effect'
Oh, god. This movie destroyed me as a young teenager. And though I'm not sure it's aged all that well, I'd definitely be interested to see what a modern version of it would look like.
17. 'High Fidelity'
I mean, can you imagine how wonderfully insufferable that record store would be in a modern-day update? It would be hipster central, my friends. And I would pay good money to enjoy that.
In fact, I'd pay good money to see new versions of any of the above.