Christina Applegate, left, Ed Helms, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, and Skyler Gisondo, kneeling left, and Steele Stebbins appear in a scene from the remake of "Vacation." Hopper Stone/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP
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The modern comedy remake is among the most laughable of movie genres.Russell Brand is not Dudley Moore and Adam Sandler isn't Burt Reynolds.Brand and Sandler both have their particular talents, but neither were well suited heirs to their remakes of "Arthur" – the 2011 version of Moore's 1981 film – and "The Longest Yard," which had Sandler sliding in for Reynolds in the 2005 prison football comedy. Both originals, like many comedies, drew considerably from the distinct personas of their stars, making for an out-of-whack chemistry in the remakes. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick had an even higher bar to meet in taking over for Mel Brooks and Zero Mostel in the 2005 film "The Producers". Though the remake usually fails, it is true that a few of the very best comedies ever made were remakes.Wilder's "Some Like it Hot," that majestically madcap 1959 comedy, was based on a 1935 French film called "Fanfares of Love".
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