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Recast Challenge 2008-06-04 12:32:30

Recast Mermaids and Win a Prize!

Every other Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!

Did anyone else love the 1990 flick Mermaids? I loved it. I don't know what it was exactly — maybe the wonderful performance by Cher as a quirky single mom who's only capable of feeding her girls finger food? Winona Ryder at her angsty best? A young, hot, brooding Michael Schoeffling (you know, dreamboat Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles)? Or the adorableness that was an itty-bitty Christina Ricci?

Who would you recast as the drop-dead-gorgeous mother of two, Rachel Flax, who has a hard time with maternal instincts? And we'll need a young actress to portray her frustrated, religion-swapping daughter, Charlotte, who's a bit of an outcast. What about Charlotte's crush, the stoic and silent Joe Porretti? Is there a little actress today that reminds you of a young Christina Ricci? And finally, who would you cast as Lou Landsky (originally played by Bob Hoskins, and why they allowed this DVD cover to be made with his face frozen like that is beyond me), who's no Brad Pitt on the outside, but has a heart of gold?

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, June 10, complete with a "new" cast photo.

To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt,


Characters to recast
Rachel Flax (Cher)
Charlotte Flax (Winona Ryder)
Kate Flax (Christina Ricci)
Lou Landsky (Bob Hoskins)
Joe Porretti (Michael Schoeffling)

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ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
Rachel Flax - Reba McIntire Charolette Flax - Natalie Portman Kate Flax - Elle Fanning Lou Landsky - Jack Black Joe Poretti - Orlando Bloom lol i have no idea
butterfli butterfli 9 years
Rachel Flax- Susan Sarandon Charlotte Flax- Jamie Lynn Spears Kate Flax- Dakota Fanning Lou Landsky- Jack Black Joe Poretti- Zac Efron One of my fav movies.
GrafixGirl29 GrafixGirl29 9 years
Rachel Flax- Sandra Bullock Charlotte Flax- Natalie Portman Kate Flax- Abigail Breslin Lou Landsky- Adam Sandler Joe Poretti- Shia LaBouf
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
Rachel Flax- Salma Hayek Charlotte Flax- Ellen Paige Kate Flax- Abigail Breslin Lou Landsky- Seth Rogen Joe Poretti-Jake Gyllenhaal
Lynne Lynne 9 years
Charlotte Flax - Mae Whitman Kate Flax - Rachel Covey Rachel Flax - Toni Colette Lou Landsky - Bill Pullman Joe Porretti - Shai LaBouf
dbanner dbanner 9 years
I went with Marisa Tomei, but yes Mary-Louise Parker would be a good fit as Rachel!
pargie pargie 9 years
Rachel Flax: Mary-Louise Parker Charlotte Flax: Kristen Stewart Kate Flax: Abigail Breslin Lou Landsky: Paul Giamatti Joe Porretti: Joseph Fiennes ...Love this movie! I used to watch it with my mom. I own the dvd and watch it often now.
dbanner dbanner 9 years
Rachel Flax = Marisa Tomei (though did consider Juliette Lewis who did a great turn as a quirky single mom in Catch and Release) Charlotte Flax = Emma Watson Kate Flax = Bailee Madison (Bridge to Terabithia) Lou Landsky = Will Ferrell Joe Porretti = Adam Brody
keiren63 keiren63 9 years
Rachel Flax - Demi Moore Charlotte Flax - Leighton Meester Kate Flax - Elle Fanning Lou Landsky - Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars' Father) Joe Porretti - Jason Dohring (from Veronica Mars and Moonlight)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Rachel Flax - Angie Harmon Charlotte Flax - Kristen Stewart Kate Flax - Bailee Madison Lou Landsky - Jeffrey Ross Joe Porretti - Sean Farris
alynn alynn 9 years
Thought Winona Ryder's character was like 15 or something in this film, right?
alynn alynn 9 years
Great choice, buzz! Rachel Flax: Elizabeth Perkins Charlotte Flax: Mae Whitman Kate Flax: Georgie Henley (Chronicles of Narnia) Lou Landsky: David Cross Joe Porretti: Jared Padalecki (Older handy man, school bus driver - has Dean written all over it for me)
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
Rachel Flax-Angelina Jolie Charlotte Flax-Diablo Cody Kate Flax-Dakota Fanning Lou Lankdksy-Christopher Walken Joe Poretti-Ryan Reynolds
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
Rachel Flax - Charlize Theron Charlotte Flax - Amanda Seyfried Kate Flax - Elle Fanning Lou Landsky - Jorge Garcia Joe Porretti - Penn Badgley
galgonesouth galgonesouth 9 years
Look at Emma Page on IMDB -- she's a ringer for that young Christina Ricci!
supertramp supertramp 9 years
Rachel Flax- Cheryl Hines (i think if she's the one in Waitress who slept with the boss Charlotte Flax- Leighton Meester Kate Flax- Violet Affleck (just because she's so cute) Lou Landsky- John C. Reily Joe Porretti- Dave Anneable
ntshlv ntshlv 9 years
Rachel Flax - Lauren Graham Charlotte Flax - Zooey Deschanel Kate Flax - Abigail Breslin Lou Landsky - Paul Giamatti Joe Porretti - Milo Ventimiglia
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
Rachel Flax - Juliette Binoche Charlotte Flax - Zooey Deschanel Kate Flax - Abigail Breslin Lou Landsky - John O Reilly Joe Porretti - Jesse Metcalf I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVED this movie!!!
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
rachel~Amy Brenneman charlotte~ Amber Tamblyn Kate~ Abigail Breslin Lou~ Kevin James Joe~ Jesse Spencer
lyrical_angel lyrical_angel 9 years
I absolutely love this movie. Michael Schoeffling is SO HOT!!
marcella marcella 9 years
WhiplashGirlchild -- We think alike! I didn't read your pick of Jesse Spencer for Joe Porretti until after I submitted. He'd be perfect for this role!! Great pick!!
marcella marcella 9 years
Rachel Flax - Elizabeth Perkins (from "Weeds") Charlotte Flax - Amanda Seyfried (Sarah in "Big Love") Kate Flax - Jenna Boyd (Bailey in "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") Lou Landsky - Richard Kind (from "Curb Your Enthusiasm") Joe Porretti - Jesse Spencer (Chase in "House")
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 9 years
Rachel Flax - Courtney Cox Charlotte Flax - Vanessa Hudgens Kate Flax - Abigail Breslin Lou Landsky - Jack Black Joe Porretti - Jake Gyllenhaal
yiddidea yiddidea 9 years
Rachel Flax - Maggie Gyllenhaal Charlotte Flax - Ellen Page Kate Flax - Bailee Madison (Bridge to Terabithia) Lou Landsky - Kevin Smith Joe Porretti - Brandon Routh
azulskies azulskies 9 years
Love the thought of Kevin James as Lou Landsky!
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