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I was reading a Vanity Fair article recently about KRAMER VS KRAMER being conceived as a spiritual sequel to THE GRADUATE even before Dustin Hoffman came onboard. I had never heard that, but now that I know, thematic link makes KVK an even more fascinating Boomer snapshot.  I'm looking forward to revisiting both together soon.

 

I always found it fun to look at GROSSE POINTE Blank in this kind of way to SAY ANYTHING...  And I guess WAR, INC. for the trilogy.

 

As far as response films go, perhaps a rarer bird. The most famous case I can think of is Hawks' rebuke/takedown of HIGH NOON with RIO BRAVO.

 

I may be remembering wrong, but I believe Hughes bros.' MENNACE II SOCIETY was a similar deal in reaction to After School Special aspects of BOYZ N THE HOOD.

 

I read KING OF COMEDY as in part Scorsese's blackly satirical response to his own TAXI DRIVER and the Hinckley obsession.

 

An interesting recent review posited Scorsese's SILENCE as a refuting of Gibson's THE PASSION.

 

What say you? Any other examples come to mind?

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I always kinda felt that UNFORGIVEN was kinda a spiritual sequel to OUTLAW JOSEY WALES.  In many ways, I could see Josey turning into Munny...'I ain't like that no more.'

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I remember reviews of ELECTION saying that it was like a responsequel to FERRIS BUELLER.

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I remember reviews of ELECTION saying that it was like a responsequel to FERRIS BUELLER.

 

A responsequel? Or a responserecalibrationreboot-equel?

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I always kinda felt that UNFORGIVEN was kinda a spiritual sequel to OUTLAW JOSEY WALES.  In many ways, I could see Josey turning into Munny...'I ain't like that no more.'

 

GRAN TORINO works that way for Clint's Dirty Harry. A final statement on his whole persona, really.

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We also have the Sam Neill 'Montana Trilogy' of:

THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER

THE HORSE WHISPERER

JURASSIC PARK

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Wasn't Ebert responsible for the Election is the spiritual sequel to Day Off meme? I seem to remember him making that connection in his At The Movies review.
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The Rock and Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade are both pseudo-sequels to Sean Connery's Bond movies, The Rock in a literal way of casting Connery as a former British spy, Last Crusade in saying that James Bond metaphorically gave birth to Indy.

 

There are also a few movies like The November Man and The Tailor of Panama that are also sorta sequels to the Brosnan Bonds, but, ya know...

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There are also a few movies like The November Man and The Tailor of Panama that are also sorta sequels to the Brosnan Bonds, but, ya know...

 

THE MATADOR is totally Brosnan's spiritual sequel to his Bond films.  It's a hoot.

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Thomas Crown? Ert, no.
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Given it had Billy Bob Thornton and the same writers, the Bad News Bears remake acts as a sort of companion piece to Bad Santa (though nowhere near as funny). 

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Thomas Crown? Ert, no.

 

Agreed.  That's kinda its own thing.  Love the movie, though.

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GET THE GRINGO to PAYBACK.

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Didn't know this until someone posted about it last month after he passed away, but Philadelphia was apparently in part a way to try and make things right after the iffy gender confusion stuff in Silence.

Carpenter decided to make a "friendly alien" movie in Starman because of how The Thing was received way back when.

The Steel Helmet and Fixed Bayonets can be seen as Fuller's response to the relatively soft inauthentic war movies of the time

The Ken Russell film Whore was a response to Pretty Woman glamorizing the shit out of that particular profession.
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I'm pretty sure Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito teaming up for THE WAR OF THE ROSES was some sort of consolation for the collapse of the second sequel to ROMANCING THE STONE.

 

THE GREAT OUTDOORS is essentially a remake of a previous John Candy vehicle, SUMMER RENTAL.

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