Every once in awhile, Hollywood seems bent on eradicating a certain talent's film career via remakes of all that person's work. We've seen it happen to John Carpenter, who is being made all but obsolete with released or reported plans for rehashes of at least seven of his movies. And we could see it occur with Andrew McCarthy, who'll be replaced in eventual redos of Weekend at Bernie's and Mannequin (and in all likelihood, one day, Pretty in Pink). This week, with the latest trailer for The Karate Kid and an update on The Sitter, I'm reminded that Elisabeth Shue is the latest victim. So, there might as well also be a remake of Cocktail.

In my attempt to think back 22 years, I honestly can't recall what it was that made Roger Donaldson's 1988 glorification of bartending appealing, let alone such a huge box office success. All I remember is Tom Cruise and Shue making love under a waterfall and a bunch of flashy juggling tricks that inspired many a dude to waste liters of alcohol trying to impress girls with bottle-tossing skills he didn't have. Oh, and that terrible soundtrack I'm embarrassed to say I enjoyed at the age of 11, which introduced many of us to "Kokomo" and "Don't Worry, Be Happy."
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