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March 15, 2019 10:31 AM   Subscribe

Ever wonder what the Fresh Prince of Bel Air would be like if it was a drama instead of a comedy, and if it was set in 2019 instead of the 90s? Wonder no more. (Link to HuffPo article, short film linked in article.)
posted by 23skidoo (28 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
I just watched it, and then came to MeFi front page knowing this was going to be at the top of the page. This is going to be insanely viral if it hasn't hit that already. It's a pretty damn incredible fan-produced fake trailer.
posted by mcstayinskool at 10:56 AM on March 15 [2 favorites]


My partner showed this to me yesterday and we both genuinely thought it was for real and now I'm disappointed it's not because honestly, I'd watch the crap out of this
posted by Maaik at 11:01 AM on March 15 [6 favorites]


If you don't feel like giving Huffpo clicks they don't deserve: https://youtu.be/WAfJpyBgcgA
posted by skullhead at 11:02 AM on March 15 [12 favorites]


I would absolutely watch this movie if it were made full-length for Netflix or whatever. Wonder if someone will throw money at it to make it happen. Will Smith prolly has enough scratch to finance this right?
posted by caution live frogs at 11:05 AM on March 15 [2 favorites]


The "What Would Meek Mill Do?" shirt was a great touch.
posted by entropone at 11:10 AM on March 15 [2 favorites]


Serious question tho: Are there any rags-to-riches type gritty dramas? Or is it a trope reserved for comedies and romances and rom-coms?
posted by iamnotangry at 11:28 AM on March 15 [1 favorite]


I'd watch it, even though I wasn't a fan of the original show.
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:28 AM on March 15 [1 favorite]


Serious question tho: Are there any rags-to-riches type gritty dramas? Or is it a trope reserved for comedies and romances and rom-coms?

TV Tropes has you covered.
posted by valeries at 11:38 AM on March 15


Serious question tho: Are there any rags-to-riches type gritty dramas? Or is it a trope reserved for comedies and romances and rom-coms?

"The Pursuit of Happyness," coincidentally staring Will Smith.
posted by ethical_caligula at 11:40 AM on March 15 [4 favorites]


Dude, I would watch all six seasons of this, AND the movie.
posted by a power-tie-wearing she-capitalist at 11:41 AM on March 15 [3 favorites]


This is so good. I would watch this immediately, and also wasn't a fan of the original.

Here's a longer interview with Morgan Cooper, the filmmaker. He says Will Smith has seen the trailer, so... maybe it will get made.
posted by Nyrha at 11:51 AM on March 15 [4 favorites]


Wow, that was incredible. YES please!
posted by rebent at 11:58 AM on March 15


Serious question tho: Are there any rags-to-riches type gritty dramas?

There Will Be Blood
posted by haileris23 at 11:59 AM on March 15 [4 favorites]


I think that this could be good but I hope the writing & story get stronger. I get it was just a trailer but it also kind of dragged in the middle. I did catch the Carleton dance which was fun.
posted by bleep at 11:59 AM on March 15


Serious question tho: Are there any rags-to-riches type gritty dramas?

Scarface and Citizen Kane, if you don’t care about what happens post-riches.
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:07 PM on March 15 [2 favorites]


Serious question tho: Are there any rags-to-riches type gritty dramas?

Doesn't Breaking Bad come close to fitting the bill too? Sure, the White family wasn't out on the street or anything, but they were really just getting by.
posted by evilangela at 12:47 PM on March 15 [2 favorites]


This is so good.
posted by Mchelly at 1:11 PM on March 15


10/10 would watch
posted by Divest_Abstraction at 1:23 PM on March 15


COME ON INTERNET WE CAN DO THIS
posted by a halcyon day at 1:28 PM on March 15 [2 favorites]


I thought this was an actual trailer when I saw this!

I was getting excited about watching this next summer!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:41 PM on March 15 [1 favorite]


> Are there any rags-to-riches type gritty dramas?

Captain America: The First Avenger
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:11 PM on March 15 [2 favorites]


Brilliant. I want to see this.
posted by Toddles at 7:36 PM on March 15


One of my friends posted an outraged facebook post about how Hollywood needs to stop running our childhoods yesterday with this trailer and totally fucking tricked about 50 people into believing this was real. It was great.

I personally want to see a spin off about the Bad Dudes who Were Up To No Good.
posted by fshgrl at 8:46 PM on March 15 [1 favorite]


Also that house is clearly in Calabassas.
posted by fshgrl at 8:49 PM on March 15 [1 favorite]


I haven't watched this show whatsoever and I'm guessing nobody else is either because I hear no buzz about it, but the CW is airing some show called "All American" that pretty much sounds like a combination of Fresh Prince (Bev Hills this time) and Friday Night Lights.
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:13 PM on March 15


Season one's Mistaken Identity made a strong impression on me as Carlton confronts racial profiling. I actually wept at season four's Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse. The emotion of the actors playing Uncle Phil and Will are palapable.

This gritty reboot trailer works well because The Fresh Prince of Bel Air mixes bitterness into its comedy. You don't have to change the original premise of the show much. A drama would let the characters grow. No (mostly) reset button at the end of an episode. I liked that this trailer showed Will starting to make friends and become happier while still grappling with his situation, and the wealth of his relatives.

But, man, I like the show because it's wacky. It has my favorite fourth wall break. Uncle Phil and the pool shark. The front door gag with Jazz. The dance contest to Apache.
posted by Mister Cheese at 9:24 PM on March 15 [11 favorites]


Agreed, Mister Cheese. I've long thought, even before Bill Cosby's predatory behavior was fully revealed, that Fresh Prince was better than the Cosby Show, despite being "wackier" and thus less prestigious, because of that element of bitterness. Or rather, whereas the Cosby Show sought to elevate portrayals of black people by focusing on "ideal" types, Fresh Prince recognized that what it means to be black is a contested concept, and you see that play out in the conflicts between the characters on the show. It wouldn't have been as good a show of Uncle Phil was always a clueless rich guy who had lost touch with his roots, or if Will was always the dumb kid who only knew about hip-hop and basketball. Each of the characters has their own contradictions when it comes to not only race, but class, gender, etc., making for good drama.

I liked the trailer here, although the coup de grace would have been for the actor playing Aunt Viv to be abruptly replaced halfway through.
posted by Cash4Lead at 7:13 AM on March 16 [7 favorites]


"Fan-made?" Then that fan had a hell of a budget! Well-done and compelling. I'd see this if it were a movie.
posted by droplet at 8:58 AM on March 16


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