Anna Faris is the New Private Benjamin

I could keep this really short and simply ask why, why, why? But I won’t. I’ll just jump in and go on a rant. Why? Because sometime an idea is spewed out into the Universe that demands a rant.

Is there some kind of shortage of original screenplays with original ideas, characters, settings? Is it necessary to go mining a 1980’s Goldie Hawn vehicle and go down the “Dumb Blond Gets Empowered By the Military” again?

This time Private Benjamin will be played by Anna Faris of The House Bunny fame. That’s all fine and dandy and whatever, but not being a fan of the first Spoiled Woman Meets Military tale, I just can’t see this one deserving a second incarnation.

To compound it the producers want to set this new version in the now as in right now as in the era of Iraq and Afghanistan. You want to make a  movie about these current conflicts then go the Hurt Locker route not Private Benjamin.  Will she parachute into one of the current kill or be killed wars where at this moment United States soldiers are being wounded and are dying?

How do you present this fluffy headed dumb ass comedy against that backdrop? We all know we’re not talking about a cutting political satire but a flat out dumb blond comedy which Faris is known for. House Bunny goes to war. Just chalk this one up to one of the many dumb ideas that studios come up with because they can’t come up with an original concept.

To the folks at New Line: People are dying over there. Putting Private Benjamin in the midst of it isn’t funny. Okay, next time maybe I’ll tell you how I really feel.

Anyone else think this idea is just too stupid to live?

[via Risky Business]

Robin Ruinsky has been a writer since penning her autobiography in fourth grade. Along the way she's studied theater at Syracuse University, worked with Woody Allen starring most of the time on the cutting room floor. A segue into the punk rock scene followed but writing was always the main focus. She writes for various crafty, artsy magazines about people who make craftsy, artsy collectible things. But her first love is writing fiction and film criticism which some people think are the same thing.

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