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Tho Guinness and Holloway are deservedly praised, this movie wouldn't be the same without Alfie Bass and Sid James, two wonderful supporting players, here fumbling and bumbling with perfect comic flair.
That reminds me...I should watch my new copy of Last Holiday (Guinness and Sid James in a story by J.B. Priestly...recently remade with Queen Latifah. Lord help us.)
I can't figure out the attaction for remaking Ealing products, or any English films with wit, for that matter, into these godawful abominations that they've been dumping onto the screen lately.
For the same reason the make movies based on old sitcoms and change all the details except the names. There is a serious inability to come up with new ideas in Hollywood, so why not remake McHale's Navy to star tom Arnold and set it on a modern island in the Caribbean rather than a South Pacific island during World War II. Or remake an Ealing picture (like "The Ladykillers") and set it in the USA today instead of England in the 1950s. After all it was successful then, its bound to be successful now.Actually here's an idea offered to Hollywood for free - don't remake good movies and make them worse, remake bad movies and make them better.
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