The awful smell of swede success

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Oct. 10 will mark the return of the only comedy event that can make you laugh as hard as you did at the lunch table in elementary school – you remember that day, when the milk came out of your nose – thanks to the magic of “swedes.” Bring your friends to The Palm Beaches Theatre, Saturday, Oct. 10 for the Palm Beach Film Society’s swede fest™ palm beach 4.

So, you may be asking yourself, “What’s a swede?”

“A swede is a hilariously bad remake of a Hollywood hit using found objects as props,” said Elizabeth Dashiell, vice president of the Palm Beach Film Society and coordinator of the event. “Attendees to the event will see these under three-minute remakes, meet the ‘filmmakers’ and enjoy a mock red-carpet experience.”

It all started with the 2008 movie Be Kind, Rewind, in which the owners of a video store lose all of their films and decide to remake them (poorly) using whatever props they have on hand.

“This gives every single person, regardless of age, taste or talent a chance to shine on the big screen,” Dashiell said. “Literally ANYONE with a recording device can make a swede so it is all-inclusive, and anyone can come and laugh at the hilariously bad remakes. The purpose is to let people explore their creativity while having fun with movies.”

This year promises some pretty ‘swede’ stuff as the following films will be remade into three-minute epic disasters: Inside Out, Avengers/Thor, Into the Woods, Frozen, Pugnado (a parody of Sharknado), Cars, Sleeping Beauty, The Dark Knight, Goonies, Sound of Music, Shaun of the Dead, Harvey, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Jurassic World, Castaway, Aliens, Zoolander, Star Wars, The Fast and the Furious and Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

All films must be rated PG-13, so it’s perfect entertainment for those sarcastic teens.

Advance tickets are $13 through Eventbrite.com or $15 at the door. The Palm Beaches Theatre is located at 262 S Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan. Doors open at 7 p.m., but get there early because you don’t want to miss the walk down the red carpet.

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