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What ’90s Movies Would Look Like If They Were Made Today

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It seems like every day Hollywood announces a new remake of some ’90s classic or non-classic. To help Hollywood ruin, er, recycle our youth, here’s what some ’90s classics would look like if they were made today, complete with new posters by Kristy Puchko. You’re welcome, Hollywood.

Boogie Nights

We all enjoyed the closing credits gags at the end of 22 Jump Street which cast Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in various absurd sequels. So why not send them back to the ’70s for a Boogie Nights reboot?

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Kristy Puchko/Nick Nadel

Of course Tatum would play Dirk Diggler while Hill would channel John C. Reilly in the Reed Rothchild role. The rest of the cast would be rounded out by Christoph Waltz (Jack Horner), Amy Adams (Amber Waves), and Shailene Woodley (Rollergirl). And Don Cheadle could reprise the role of Buck Swope because every movie could use more Cheadle.


Forrest Gump

Steve Carell is already on his way to becoming the next Tom Hanks, so he might as well play one of the beloved actor’s most iconic roles.

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Kristy Puchko/Nick Nadel

Only this time the movie would be about Forrest’s son or something and follow his wacky misadventures and encounters with famous people throughout the ’90s and ’00s. Who wouldn’t want to see Forrest trade war stories with John Kerry???


Reality Bites

The ’90s were all about being ironic and meta. So why not cast Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Adam Driver in a remake of the ’90s classic Reality Bites that is set during the ’90s? (They’ve already got the inarticulate stammering thing down, after all.)

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Kristy Puchko/Nick Nadel

Remember the scene where the gang sings the 1970s classic “My Sharona” in the convenience store? Well, now watch as a modern cast gets nostalgic for the ’70s while playing characters you loved from the ’90s. Uh oh! Looks like your head just exploded.


Pulp Fiction

Call it sacrilege if you must. But wait until you hear the new cast: Chris Pratt (Vincent Vega), Jamie Foxx (Jules Winnfield), Scarlett Johansson (Mia Wallace), Idris Elba (Marsellus Wallace), Oscar Isaac (Butch), Jillian Bell (Honey Bunny/Yolanda), Jack O’Connell (Pumpkin/Ringo), John Goodman (The Wolf), Quentin Tarantino (Jimmie), Christopher Walken (Christopher Walken) and Joe Piscopo (The Gimp). We’ll take our million dollars now, thank you.

Kristy Puchko/Nick Nadel

Kristy Puchko/Nick Nadel


There’s Something About Mary 

Hey, Emma Stone already went blonde for the recent Spider-Man movies. And she also had to deal with sticky fluid. So, uh, yeah, we’ll just let you fill in the blanks with this one…

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Kristy Puchko/Nick Nadel

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Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.