Happy Madison, led by everyone’s favorite whipping boy and recent Razzie Award Winner, Adam Sandler, in conjunction with Paramount Pictures, has plans to remake what just might be Mark Harmon’s greatest achievement on the big screen: Summer School. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s another remake in a world where remakes are now considered original. For some reason, and maybe its just ambivalence towards hearing about yet another remake, or maybe I’m still in shock over my beloved Kansas Jayhawks losing to the Kentucky Wildcats, but this one doesn’t sound all that bad.
Summer School came out in 1987 and made a somewhat respectable $35 million. Not bad in 1987 dollars. It’s also one of those movies that people forget about. You don’t ever really see it much on TV and it’s usually packaged with two or 3 other movies on DVD that you can buy for $5.00 at Target. It also offers up many clichés that Hollywood loves to give throw at you: The hunky, dippy yet totally charming teacher who really isn’t all that dippy, the wacky yet undervalued high school teens, the object of the teacher’s affections and her stiff new boyfriend, and some test no one ever expects the students to pass, a loveable dog. It’s a formula that worked the first time around (I liked Summer School) and could definitely work again.
But wait, Adam Sandler is involved. That’s a huge red flag. Well at this point Sandler isn’t going to star in the movie but he may want to think about it. Yeah, I just said it, Sandler should consider this movie. If they took the original script, shot it scene for scene like Gus Van Sant did for Psycho, this will at least be better than any movie Sandler has put out over the last few years (Funny People not included) .
I can handle Sandler when he dials it down to about 5 and if he played it like Harmon did; I could handle him in this movie and whatever changes Happy Madison saw fit for the remake. If Sandler decides he wants to make Jack and Jill 2, then Owen Wilson, we just found your next project.