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''Independence Day'' borrows from other summer flicks

We point out the similarities between ”ID,” ”Twister,” ”Eraser,” and more

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ID is the ultimate summer movie because (a) it opened in July; (b) it’s a bang-up, feel-good popcorn extravaganza; or (c) it blatantly borrows scenes from every other summer movie out there. We would argue the best answer is (c), and offer the following proof.

In Independence Day…
Will Smith’s girlfriend (Vivica Fox) is a single mother and stripper with a heart of gold.

Just Like In…
Striptease, where Demi Moore is a single mother and stripper with a heart of gold.

In Independence Day…
Jeff Goldblum plays a cable technician who could juice you up.

Just Like In…
The Cable Guy, where Jim Carrey plays a technician who could juice you up.

In Independence Day…
Menacing atmospheric conditions preface disaster, and an estranged couple (Goldblum and Margaret Colin) are reunited during calamitous events.

Just Like In…
Twister, where menacing atmospheric conditions preface disaster, and an estranged couple (Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt) are reunited during calamitous events.

In Independence Day…
An alien plummets to the ground, where Smith greets him by saying, ”Welcome to Earth.”

Just Like In…
Eraser, where Arnold Schwarzenegger plummets to the ground, where a kid welcomes him to ”Earth.”

In Independence Day…
A close encounter sends Randy Quaid over the mental edge.

Just Like In…
Phenomenon, where a close encounter sends John Travolta over the mental edge.

In Independence Day…
Goldblum makes first contact with the bad guys via his PowerBook.

Just Like In…
Mission: Impossible, where Tom Cruise makes first contact with the bad guys via his PowerBook.