Modern technology is great and makes life easier...for everyone except Hollywood script writers. If these famous films had been written in 2016, they wouldn't work at all!
1. Phone Booth
Phone Booth (2002) sees a sniper hold Colin Farrell’s character hostage in a – you’ve guessed it – phone booth. But thanks to mobiles, in 2016 you’d be lucky to find a working phone booth, so the sniper would have to have a rethink and come up with a plan B.
2. Sixteen Candles
Poor Molly Ringwald. In Sixteen Candles (1984) everyone has gone and forgotten her 16th birthday! Thanks to Facebook, this couldn’t happen in 2016. Even when someone’s big day has slipped your mind, you’ll get a trusty notification on the morning and have time to nip out for a cake. No-one need ever know…
3. The Ring
The premise of The Ring (2002) is chilling. Whoever watches a cursed videotape will die seven days later. But hold up! Who watches videos tapes in 2016? Even DVDs seem slightly old hat. So what would 2016’s version be – a spooky streaming service? As for that telly scary Samara crawls out of? These days it’d be a flatscreen.
4. One Hour Photo
The usually loveable Robin Williams plays a right old creep in One Hour Photo (2002). Working at a photo developing booth, he becomes dangerously obsessed with one customer and their family. Not in 2016! No-one bothers to get their pictures developed these days. And if you want to see someone’s snaps, you just have to find their Instagram.
Don’t answer that phone Drew… Scream (1996) opens with Ms Barrymore’s character picking up the landline phone at her sorority house and speaking to a psychopath who kills her shortly afterwards. It’d be a very different story in 2016 when she’d have a mobile, with caller ID. And if it was an unknown number ringing, she’d never answer in the first place. Who does?
6. Say Anything
In Say Anything (1989), John Cusack woos his love by standing outside her house, holding aloft a boombox that’s blasting Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes. The iconic scene wouldn’t quite hit the mark if he’d been waving an iPod and a pair of bluetooth speakers. Though the sound quality would have been better.
7. You’ve Got Mail
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are online dating pioneers in You’ve Got Mail (1998), falling in love over email, while never clocking that they’re bitter business rivals in real life. It’s all very sweet, but we don’t reckon they’d cut it in the ruthless world of web romance in 2016. To start with, no-one would invest all that time in an online date when they’d not even seen a photograph…