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Remixing white movies

”Who’s Your Caddy?” is not the first classic to be repurposed for a predominantly black cast

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Who’s Your Caddy? (starring Big Boi, right) may not be an official remake of Caddyshack, but the July 27 flick still looks like a brazen attempt to recapture the 1980 country-club comedy’s madcap glory. This isn’t the first time Hollywood has taken a lily-white classic and repurposed it for a predominantly African-American cast — with varied results.

The Wiz (1978)
This ambitious retelling (based on the 1975 Broadway musical) turns Dorothy’s Technicolor Oz into a funked-up urban jungle, courtesy of stars Diana Ross and Michael Jackson — and those truly freaky subway monsters.

Polly (1989)
A TV-movie remake of Disney’s saccharine 1960 Hayley Mills caper Pollyanna starring The Cosby Show‘s Keisha Knight-Pulliam and Phylicia Rashad, who sing and dance against the incongruous backdrop of civil-rights-era Alabama.

Love Don’t Cost a Thing (2003)
Nick Cannon tries as hard as that title to channel the 1987 Patrick Dempsey romp Can’t Buy Me Love. No hard feelings, kids, but we prefer watching the future McDreamy dance the African anteater ritual.

The Honeymooners (2005)
Movie execs with a get-rich-quick scheme of their own cast comedian Cedric the Entertainer as enterprising bus driver Ralph Kramden in this unnecessary take on the ’50s sitcom. They failed: It grossed just $13 million.

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