January 26, 2017 6:11 AM EST

BIG SCREEN

SMALL SCREEN

LETHAL WEAPON

Premise: Suicidal cop teams up with level-headed veteran

Then: Action-y

Mustache and mullet

Wife killed in car accident

“I’m too old for this sh-t.”

Now:

Comedy-y

Mustache and goatee

Pregnant wife killed in car accident

“I’m too old for this …”

TRAINING DAY

Premise: Rookie cop trains under corrupt graybeard

Then:

Black mentor, white mentee

Dramatic dialogue

Takes place over 24 hours

Now:

White mentor, black mentee

Pithy banter

Takes place over however many hours CBS will allow

TAKEN

Premise: Family tragedy turns man into a revenge machine

Then:

Kidnapped daughter

Retired CIA

Clean-shaven

He will find them, and he will kill them

Now:

Murdered sister

CIA recruit

Scruffy

He will find them, and he will kill them

SNATCH

Premise: Crazed London criminals chase priceless prize

Then:

Completely fictional

Going after a diamond

Incomprehensible dialogue

Stars a former Fight Club–er

Now:

Based on a real heist

Going after gold

Comprehensible dialogue

Stars a former wizard

This appears in the February 06, 2017 issue of TIME.

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Write to Eliana Dockterman at eliana.dockterman@time.com.

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