It used to be that whenever Hollywood would resurrect some horrible piece of our pop cultural shame and use it as fodder for popcorn sales, I would sigh upon seeing the film’s trailer, lean over to whomever was next to me and whisper, “that’s a sign of the apocalypse for sure.” Recent apocalyptic omens have included the Bewitched movie, The Dukes of Hazard, The Fog and Starsky & Hutch.
Well, if the end hasn’t come yet, I’m betting it never will. Look out, low point in our common cultural gestalt, here comes Bad Attitude Baracus. . .
[Director Joe] Carnahan seems like an ideal candidate for “A-Team,” which told the adventures of a group of US Army Special Forces who are on the run for a crime they didn’t commit. The team included Hannibal, the leader whose favorite line was “I love it when plan comes together; Face, a ladies man; Howling Mad Murdock, an unstable pilot; and B.A. Baracus, the surly muscle (B.A. stands for “Bad Attitude”).
The 1980s series became a pop cultural phenomenon, with the theme song played by high school bands across the continent, made a star out of Mr. T, who played Baracus, and unleashed a slew of catchphrases onto the public.
Remember, if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.