9 Teen Movies You Didn’t Know Were Actually Stolen From Another Country

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We know some great TV shows have been adapted from other countries for American audiences, so it should be no surprise that the same can be said for movies. Sure, if you’re not bilingual (or multilingual), you can always watch a foreign film with subtitles (let’s face it, the dubbed versions are basically ~unwatchable~ considering the mouths don’t move along with the words), but sometimes it’s a heck of a lot easier if a U.S. production company buys the storyline and remakes it… sometimes with your favorite stars!

Unfortunately, even if the OG film performed well at the box office, there is absolutely no guarantee that its remake will be a hit, too. Some of the movies on this list were great (better than the original, even?), while others were total duds… one even has a 0 percent approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com! Keep reading to see if your fave teen flick was actually STOLEN (more accurately, bought) from a another country, then compare the two versions to decide which one was better IYO!


LOL (2012)

Original Film: LOL (Laughing Out Loud) (2008)

Country of Origin: France

LOL just might be Miley Cyrus' worst film of all time, but some of us still can't help but love it. The movie, which was adapted from a French flick of the same name, earned less money than its budget and has a dismal 17 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Photo: Lionsgate Films

Solstice (2008)

Original Film: Midsommer (2003)

Country of Origin: Sweden & Denmark

The cast alone should make you want to see the film if you haven't already. We've got Tyler Hoechlin from Teen Wolf, Hilarie Burton from One Tree Hill and Amanda Seyfried from Les Miserables, along with some other familiar faces, too! While the setting of the original was in a Swedish forest, when the movie got remade for American audiences the location was switched to a Louisiana bayou. It's definitely a little creepy, but with all the twists, turns and surprises... it's a must-see in our book!

Photo: Weinstein Company

Catch that Kid (2004)

Original Film: Klatretøsen (2002)

Country of Origin: Denmark

This remake features a pre-Twilight Kristen Stewart and a pre-High School Musical Corbin Bleu. While the Danish version was received pretty well, when the U.S. edition came out it was heavily compared to Spy Kids and people felt it didn't exactly live up to expectations.

Photo: 20th Century Fox

One Missed Call (2008)

Original Film: 着信アリ (Chakushin Ari) (2003)

Country of Origin: Japan

It's fairly common to see an American horror movie based on an original Japanese flick, commonly called "J-Horror." However, this film was considered one of the worst remakes of all time and received a 0 percent approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com. That's pretty bad.

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

The First Time (2009)

Original Film: Kærlighed ved første hik (1999)

Country of Origin: Denmark

Although this teen comedy is ~not~ the same as The First Time with Dylan O'Brien and Britt Robertson, it does star Devon Werkheiser from Nickelodeon and centers around the same topic: losing your virginity.

The U.S. film is also sometimes called Love at First Hiccup, which is a direct translation of the Danish title.

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

The Road Within (2014)

Original Film: Vincent will Meer (2010)

Country of Origin: Germany

This U.S. remake shows the story of three teens, one who deals with Tourette Syndrome, one who has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the other who struggles with an eating disorder. The American director was inspired immediately after seeing only the trailer of the original German film.

Zoe Kravitz, who plays the teen with an eating disorder, lost so much weight for her role that she got down to 90 pounds while filming. Although that transformation was difficult, the actress said that she was drawn to the part because of her own struggle with an eating disorder.

"I think it's really important to talk about body image and the struggles a lot of women have with food — especially in the entertainment industry. I related to [my character] in a lot of ways," she said.

Photo: Well Go USA Entertainment

The Invisible (2007)

Original Film: Den Osynlige (2002)

Country of Origin: Sweden

Both versions of this teen thriller are based on a book by the same name written by Mats Wahl. However, the author felt the original movie adaptation veered too far away from the content in the novel and publicly condemned it. That's awk. Clearly though, the hate didn't deter producers too much because the Swedish filmmakers allowed it to get remade in English.

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Ring (2002)

Original Film: リング (Ringu) (1998)

Country of Origin: Japan

The Ring films were considered some of the scariest supernatural films up until, like, Paranormal Activity came out. The OG Japanese movies were a take on how their Asian culture was trying to maintain some tradition during a rapid change into modernity, though the U.S. version didn't really maintain that theme. While we mentioned earlier that American horror remakes of Japanese films are pretty common ATM, The Ring was the first J-Horror adaptation and is given credit for starting that ~trend~.

Photo: DreamWorks Pictures

The Last House on the Left (1972) & The Last House on the Left (2009)

Original Film: Jungfrukällan or The Virgin Spring (1960)

Country of Origin: Sweden

Basically, the 2009 movie is based on the 1972 film, but they all stem from the 1960 Swedish original. The foreign film took place in medieval Sweden, however both U.S. versions were set in present day.

While the details in all flicks are very gory (and a little offensive, TBH) and seem to far exceed "teen film" standards, the 2009 version is still listed on the "List of teen films" Wikipedia page, so here we are.

To be fair, they did seem to tone down some of the more disturbing elements that were featured in the '70s version. The older copies were considered to be an "exploitation horror film" and drew criticism for being "torture porn," so the 2009 movie tried to avoid that.

Photo: Rogue Pictures

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