Change is im­pos­si­ble

TV shows some­times don’t trans­late into films. Here are 10 worst movies based on a se­ries.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By RICK BENT­LEY

THERE was a time when Hol­ly­wood ex­ec­u­tives were con­vinced that tele­vi­sion would end the movie in­dus­try. They were cer­tain no one would want to pay for en­ter­tain­ment when there was free TV to watch.

Both the film and tele­vi­sion worlds not only sur­vived but also thrived. To keep up with the grow­ing de­mand for new prod­ucts to film, the movie ex­ec­u­tives turned to the same in­dus­try they once feared. Tele­vi­sion pro­grammes were adapted into big screen pro­duc­tions. The trend con­tin­ues with Bay­watch be­ing the lat­est fea­ture film to draw on a TV show for in­spi­ra­tion.

Some of the ef­forts worked while oth­ers should have been can­celled be­fore be­ing re­leased. The fol­low­ing list in­cludes 10 of the worst movies based on a TV show.

CHiPs (2017) – Dax Shep­ard and Michael Peña should have been ar­rested for grand theft for their part in this rob­bery of the movie-go­ing pub­lic. The ef­fort to make this movie a spoof of the beloved TV show that ran from 1977-1983 might have worked had they had even one funny joke. No such luck.

Shep­ard and Peña. Both are tal­ented per­form­ers, but even those with skills can’t milk laughs out of a script that is a lot like Los An­ge­les traf­fic. Most of the time it’s mov­ing at a slow pace but there are more mo­ments when it just comes to a dead stop.

The Hon­ey­moon­ers (2005) – It was a mon­ster mis­take to make a film ver­sion of the 1955 se­ries star­ring Jackie Glea­son. As much as 75% of what made the orig­i­nal Hon­ey­moon­ers such clas­sic en­ter­tain­ment was Glea­son. It was his big­ger-than-life per­son­al­ity that made the show a clas­sic. Cedric the En­ter­tainer has skills but not enough to be a mod­ern Ralph Kram­den.

This movie should have been sent right to the moon in­stead of into the­atres.

Lost In Space (1998) – The big­gest prob­lem di­rec­tor Stephen Hop­kins faced try­ing to adapt this 1960s sci-fi se­ries into a movie was that the orig­i­nal TV show never had a clear iden­tity. In a span of three sea­sons, the TV show went from a se­ri­ous space ad­ven­ture to a cos­mic goof.

And, the film is just as big a cos­mic goof. The casting of Gary Old­man as Dr. Smith (the Snidely Whiplash of space hitch­hik­ers) was smart but that’s where the clever think­ing left or­bit. A con­vo­luted script mixed with a bland Matt LeBlanc as Maj. Don West should have forced the stu­dio to have the prints lost in the space of a land­fill.

The Beverly Hill­bil­lies (1993) – Few films based on TV shows have fea­tured so much tal­ent and po­ten­tial only to end up miss­ing the mark so much. Di­rec­tor Pene­lope Spheeris was com­ing off her mas­sive suc­cess with Wayne’s World and put to­gether a cast that in­cluded Diedrich Bader, Jim Var­ney, Cloris Leach­man, Lily Tom­lin and Dab­ney Coleman.

The one thing ev­ery­one for­got was that the TV com­edy, which started in 1962, was a painfully light sit­com that re­lied on ju­ve­nile jokes and back­woods hu­mour. That’s OK when it’s free on TV and there are other shows to watch but not worth the cost of a ticket. This was a wee-dog­gies of a film (with the em­pha­sis on dog).

In­spec­tor Gad­get (1999) – The only way this live-ac­tion ver­sion of the cre­ative an­i­mated se­ries could have been any worse is if the vanilla ver­sion of com­edy, French Ste­wart, had played the ro­botic de­tec­tive rather than Matthew Brod­er­ick. At least Brod­er­ick tried to bring the same kind of dry hu­mour to the role that Don Adams had in­fused in the orig­i­nal se­ries. Try be­ing the op­er­a­tive word.

Other than help­ing push some toys sales, In­spec­tor Gad­get had lit­tle worth. It was so bad that Brod­er­ick didn’t re­turn to the role for the se­quel and was re­placed by ... French Ste­wart.

Car 54, Where Are You (1994) – It was im­pos­si­ble to fig­ure out the au­di­ence this movie was try­ing to attract. The big screen ver­sion of the TV show came along more than 30 years af­ter the orig­i­nal went off the air. The goof­ball script didn’t come across as be­ing aimed at an au­di­ence that would re­mem­ber the TV cop com­edy. And the youth tar­get mar­ket would have only heard of the se­ries from their par­ents.

The only good thing to come out of it was that John C. McGin­ley was able to re­bound seven years later to help make the TV com­edy Scrubs a hit. So far, no word on a big screen ver­sion of that med­i­cal sit­com.

Dukes Of Haz­zard (2005) – The en­tire movie comes across like star Johnny Knoxville is pulling a Jack­ass stunt on the au­di­ence, with a lack of funny jokes, good act­ing, in­ter­est­ing sit­u­a­tions, hu­man­like di­a­logue, any­thing re­ally haz­ardous and the pres­ence of Jes­sica Simp­son.

Starsky & Hutch (2004) – Ben Stiller had to have a place on this list and it was his forgettable work with Owen Wilson that earned him the hon­our. Watch­ing the two stum­ble along as the big screen ver­sions of the cool TV de­tec­tives ended up be­ing a form of po­lice bru­tal­ity. The only sav­ing grace was – OK, there was no sav­ing grace.

A shootout with the Dukes Of Haz­zard guys wouldn’t have been enough to save this dis­as­ter.

The Flint­stones In Viva Rock Ve­gas (2000) – The cast from the orig­i­nal films – which in­cluded John Good­man, El­iz­a­beth Perkins, Rick Mo­ra­nis and Rosie O’Don­nell – was re­placed by the likes of Mark Addy, Kristen John­ston, Stephen Bald­win and Jane Krakowski. It’s the best de­ci­sion ever made by the orig­i­nal cast mem­bers to con­sider the fran­chise to be ex­tinct. The re­place­ments helped push this fran­chise back into the Stone Ages of movies.

Land Of The Lost (2009) – What would such a list be like with­out one Will Fer­rell movie? He al­most made the list by ru­in­ing the big screen ver­sion of Be­witched but it was this mon­u­men­tal stinker that was the worst. – Tri­bune News Ser­vice

CHiPS might have worked if there was at least one funny joke. Alas, there were none. — Pho­tos: Hand­outs

Dukes Of Haz­zard has no jokes, good act­ing or in­ter­est­ing sit­u­a­tions.

Stiller and Wilson stum­bled along in Starsky & Hutch.

Less said about Fer­rell’s Land Of The Lost the bet­ter.

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