All-Male Hollywood Reboots Hollywood Should Make Besides Ghostbusters

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre i
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. McCarthy will star with Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in an all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters," scheduled for release in July of 2016. Director Paul Feig announced his stars by tweeting their pictures on Twitter on Tuesday. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Recent reports have made a point of shooting down rumors that Sony is planning a "guy-themed" counterpart to the previously announced all-female reboot of Ghostbusters.

Sony is claiming that the "all-male" angle was overblown. Sure, it has two male directors, and right, the screenwriter is male, and okay, the two stars whose names have been thrown out just happen to be guys, but it would be a stretch to refer to it as "guy-themed" or "male-driven" or even "boyish." It's just a movie, and the timing of the announcement almost certainly had nothing to do with the public outcry about the all-female version--outcry claiming that such a reimagination of the film would "tarnish" the original or "ruin their childhood," as if making a female-centric rendition of the 1984 classic would cause all copies of the original to suddenly burst into flames or mysteriously erase themselves.

So to be clear, the recently-announced reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise that as of yet has only male names attached to it is in no way a response to some of the dissatisfaction that came of the announcement of the reboot featuring all women. So along those lines, I would like to suggest a few films that originally featured predominantly female casts to be remade with all-male casts that in no way attempts to atone for or counteract or has anything to do with the reaction to the Girl Ghostbusters movie.

Steel Magnolias

Because why should women be the only ones who should get to be pregnant and die from diabetic shock in a hair salon?

The First Wives Club

Not enough movies have touched on the pervasive cultural phenomenon of wealthy women who drop their loving, loyal husbands for younger, more attractive men.

Thelma & Louise

I, for one, would experience unspeakable joy at the sight of a car going over a cliff with Jonah Hill and who cares who else is in the car as long as Jonah Hill is in it.

Waiting to Exhale

The only criticism I had of the original film was that it neglected to include the male perspective. Specifically, the white male perspective. What's Brad Pitt up to? Can we get him in Whitney Houston's role?

Mean Girls

This movie focuses on the female high school dynamic and has a female screenwriter? Yikes, can someone please get a dick's perspective on high school?

The Sandlot

Because all of those boys threw like girls anyway.

Pretty Woman

Why hasn't anyone made a film about a male sex worker who's looked down on by society for his lifestyle and then rescued by an unlucky-in-love but well-meaning and exorbitantly wealthy businesswoman? It's a tale as old as time.


Just kidding. It's called The Hangover, and there are three of them.

The movie-going public would be more than happy to shell out whatever a movie costs now to see men reenact their favorite movies about women, and all can be forgiven for the idea to allow women to bust ghosts. Jesus, what were they thinking?

Written by Lindsey Finn. A version of this post originally appeared on The Second City Network.