6 Times The Knockoff Was Better Than The Original

We ranked the best of parodies, sequels, and plain ripoffs.

Get out your Chinatown Louis Vuitton luggage, kids, because we are taking the express train to Knockoff Village. The eight items below are the best in parodies, reboots and knock offs, so pop open a diet Shasta, grab a couple of Hydrox cookies and enjoy! 

1. . Best Octogenarian Parody:

Guys, if you haven’t re-watched this helluva heist, you should. George Clooney and Brad Pitt head up an all star cast with some of the tightest comebacks in town. If superhero movies have gotten you down with their lazy writing and uninspiring inspirational speeches, check out this 2001 remake of the 1960 Sinatra flick bearing the same mane. 

4. . Best Celebrity Song Cover: Alanis Morissette

In 2007, Alanis Morissette covered the then ubiquitous Fergie Ferg jam, "Humps." Morissette doesn’t need drum machines and she doesn’t need Spanx to get her point across. I have no idea how or why this cover came to pass, but in a world of pop beats, this thoughtful remake made me smile, and it reminded me that everything sounds better on a piano. 

5. . Best Video Game Sequel: Pokemon Go

I know, I know, shut up about Pokemon, already! Sorry, pops. Nothing doing. I thought Pokemon was kid stuff when I was a kid, but now as a grown ass adult, I can’t get enough of it. It has people walking around town and talking to their neighbors! Though it may be one more link in the chain that shackles us to our phones, at least it seems to be bringing a little bit of joy into the world. On top of that, be honest: you were probably on your phone anyway. The only thing Pokemon is taking you away from is Instagram.

6. . Best Music Parody: “Weird” Al Yankovic's

To be fair, Coolio’s original Gangsta’s Paradise is nothing to sneeze at, but Weird Al’s parody cover is the perfect combination of random and ridiculous to make the rap opus sing. Could I have also cited “Weird” Al’s Word Crimes cover of Robin Thicke’s "Blurred Lines" aka pop culture’s sonata of sexual assault? Yes. But, guys: “An Amish with a 'tude? You know that's unheard of.” 

[Top Photo Credit: Edward Woo]


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