You'd be forgiven for feeling a bit of '80s nostalgia this summer. With 'The Smurfs' and 'Transformers' taking over the box office and 'Teen Wolf' on the tube, it'd be hard not to feel a little wistful for the Saturday morning cartoons of your youth.
There's certainly no shortage of classic '80s kids fare being remade into movies, some more successfully than others. 'The Chipmunks' flicks did the beloved franchise justice. The 'Garfield' movies, not so much. (How did that sequel get green-lit? Why did Bill Murray sign on for not one, but two 'Garfield' abominations? But I digress.)
There are even rumors floating around about live-action versions of 'Jem and the Holograms' and 'Thundercats.' I'm not going to pretend I wouldn't be all over a 'Jem' remake. I just hope the studios would treat my beloved Jem a little more carefully than, say, the live action 'Scooby Doo' movie starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. several years back. Remember that? Yeah, didn't think so.
Jen Yamato at Film.com recently shared her own casting choices for the 'Jem' flick, should it actually happen. Her fantasy Holograms included Zooey Deschanel, Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Chung and Rihanna, with Lady Gaga, Kristen Stewart, Christina Aguilera and M.I.A. rounding out The Misfits. While I don't agree with all of Yamato's choices (Deschanel and Stewart in particular), I do admire the well-thought rationale behind each decision.
My own choice for Jem would be Anna Faris. She's feisty, likable, funny and has demonstrated that she can play a pop star in 'Just Friends.' I have no idea if she can act, but Angelspit singer Amelia Tan (aka Destroyx) would definitely have a spot in my fantasy Misfits. She would make a totally badass Pizzazz. Eliza Dushku would be the perfect Roxy. And I'm totally on board with Yamato's Rihanna and M.I.A. picks.
But enough about 'Jem,' even though I could go on forever. With all of this '80s nostalgia in the air, why not go a bit further down this wistful path? Here are the top five '80s flashbacks I'd like to see on the big screen. Done well, please. No more hastily made embarrassments, a la 'Curious George' and 'Inspector Gadget.'
1. 'She-Ra', starring Emilia Clarke ('Game of Thrones'). I'm surprised a live action 'She-Ra' flick hasn't already been done. Maybe the studios were just waiting for the perfect actress to come along. If that's the case, I think the search is over. Clarke has been blowing everyone away as the Dothraki princess on 'GoT,' proving she's got the perfect range of tough and vulnerable to do 'She-Ra' justice and battle the evil forces of Hordak.
2. 'Punky Brewster', starring Hailee Steinfeld ('True Grit') and Richard Dreyfuss ('What About Bob?'). The 'Punky' premise seems even more far-fetched in today's over-protective day and age, doesn't it? No social worker would ever allow an abandoned child to live with the weird old guy who owns the vacant apartment she's been squatting in! Realistic or not, though, it's still a great premise with plenty of potential for a big-screen adaptation.
3. 'My Pet Monster,' starring Nolan Gould ('Modern Family'). What kid wouldn't want a cute-yet-tough little monster to have his back? Maybe the live-action movie adaptation could carry an anti-bullying message. Bullies would certainly think twice before picking on a kid if they knew he had a monster friend ready to mop the floor with anyone who messes with his master.
4. 'ALF,' starring Larry David ('Curb Your Enthusiasm) as ALF's new best friend. ALF and Larry would totally hit it off, dontcha think? They both hate people and aren't afraid to tell it like it is. They could go on a mission as "social assassins" for hire, pointing out annoying habits on behalf of people too afraid to do so themselves. Perhaps along the way they offend the wrong person (a mob boss?) and have to go on the run. Hilarious road trip antics could ensue.
5. 'Popples,' starring Rico Rodriguez ('Modern Family'). Rodriguez is great as the neat-freak Manny on 'Modern Family,' and he'd be perfect for a 'Popples' flick. Can't you just see him freaking out as the Popples mess up his room and get toothpaste all over the bathroom? Maybe the plot could revolve around how the Popples help a tightly wound kid become slightly less neurotic, learn to enjoy life and, well, be a kid.