It’s a holiday miracle! Universal Studios has announced a reboot of the 80’s classic “Sixteen Candles”. But this time, the coming-of-age film will follow a young Jewish girl as she endures the eight nights of Hanukkah with her recently divorced parents. Lighting one menorah over and over and over is already exhausting–just imagine doing it all twice, with parents who hate each other!
In an exclusive trailer shared with The Boston Accent, the protagonist Rachel Greenbaum is seen brooding as she spins a dinky plastic dreidel on the living room floor of her dad’s house. “At least mom’s dreidel is made of wood,” she shouts, before running upstairs to her room in a bout of teenage angst.
“She may get sixteen presents now, but all she really wants for Hanukkah…is a functional family,” a voiceover says as the camera pans to Rachel begrudgingly opening her twelfth pair of socks. “The Greenbaums are as torn apart as the potatoes in their latkes.”
At press time, Universal confirmed that Adam Sandler will play Rachel’s dad, mom, and little brother Seth.
HAPPY HANUKKAH from The Boston Accent