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Shake it up, baby now

“Bueller.  Bueller.  Bueller.” — Ben Stein, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

As if I really needed to credit that quote….

Everyone seemingly knows Ferris Bueller and his idyllic day off with his friends in the city of Chicago.

But imagine you were really young — or had been living under a rock for the past 20 years — and saw this trailer for “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

What would you think the movie was about?

Isn’t that brilliant??

This new take on “Ferris Bueller” comes courtesy of Joseph Brett on Youtube.  Brett used some of the more artsy photographic shots from the movie and substituted a more angst-ridden soundtrack for his movie trailer.   The two combine to change the entire mood of Ferris’ day-away and give it an indie film air of menace.

In this context, you’re led to wonder:  did Ferris end it all?  Did Cameron really drown?  Was Ferris too late to save him ??

Brett even managed to dig up that wonky shot of Sloane, so even she appears depressed.

Not to repeat myself, but…it’s kinda brilliant.

Brett has inspired me as well.  I want to go back and pull trailers of my favorite comedies and edit them into edgy dramas — my favorite dramas into slapstick!

Whether you meant it as a challenge or not, Brett — I’m in!

Made the grade

There are many reasons to see “Easy A.”

It’s smart.  It has a tremendous cast led by Emma Stone as Olive.  And most importantly, it’s funny.  Very funny.

Kudos to you, Bert V. Royal.  (That’s the writer.  Don’t worry; I’ve never heard of him either.)

Bert loaded the movie with great lines.  I’m tempted to see it again so I can commit more to memory.  But what I’m especially fond of are Bert’s adults.

Know how adults in teen comedies are usually just butt stupid?  (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is littered with great examples.)  But “Easy A” appears to take place in the real world, where not every adult is a simpering idiot.  They may make stupid choices — just like the teenagers that surround them — but at their core, they appear to have some intelligence.

Olive’s parents, for example, are smart and funny and handle her not-so-ordinary situation at school with a touch of humanity.  You can actually see how someone with Olive’s sense of humor could have sprung from their loins.

What a novel idea.

But perhaps we should expect that from a comedy that is inspired by the classic novel, “The Scarlet Letter,” which was one of my fav’s from high school (except for that first chapter ‘The Custom House’…pure torture).

Luckily, “Easy A” doesn’t let its highbrow beginnings weigh down the funny.  ‘Cause I did mention it was funny…right?

The one that got away

Moviefone.com has re-imagined some classic Hollywood movies with the stars who were originally tapped to play the lead roles pictured on the movie posters.  As they point out, most films don’t start and end with the same actors attached.

It’s funny how jarring it looks to see Will Smith as Neo in “The Matrix.”  Or Johnny Depp skipping school in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”  And can you get your head around Meg Ryan and Al Pacino in “Pretty Woman?”

Not even.

I posed a similar question to Steve Martin when I attended the 2nd Annual US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen many moons ago.   He was in town to accept a Star Award from the American Film Institute and took questions after the ceremony.

My hand was the first one raised.

I asked Steve, “Were you ever asked to do a film that you passed on, and then later — after the movie was produced — had regrets?”

His response?  “I’m never offered good film roles.”  (That got a laugh.)  Then he got serious and said that he was more likely to develop his own projects.

If that is true, I guess there are no “might have been” movie posters for Steve Martin.

Except for maybe “Striptease.”