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The 20 Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Premiere Magazine ^ | December 12, 2006 | various

Posted on 12/13/2006 5:40:45 PM PST by EveningStar

It happens to everyone who loves movies: You're in a conversation at a bar, or at a wedding, or online, and someone begins rhapsodizing about one of their favorite movies and you can't help but say, "Uh, that movie sucks. It's totally overrated." How two perfectly well-balanced individuals can have such drastically different views of the same film is one of the great wonders of being a film fanatic. It happens to us at Premiere all the time, enough so that sometimes we find ourselves questioning who we work with (boy, did it get ugly here when Love, Actually came out, and some of us are still snickering over our boss's love for Bowfinger, not to mention his affection for The Last Samurai). Well, we decided to let our staff go at each other regarding some of the more beloved movies of all time, and, sure enough, sobbing can still be heard coming from the bathroom stalls. Relationships have been strained. Egos bruised. Consider this a film lovers' quarrel, an admittedly rabid one.

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KEYWORDS: critics; dontbelievethehype; fiddledeedee; film; gwtwrules; movies; overrated; overratedmovies; thiscriticknowsjack
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To: lowbridge

ahh.. always with the gay overtones... thats Hollywood for ya.


351 posted on 12/14/2006 11:47:54 AM PST by Echo Talon
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To: riverdawg
Certainly four of the best comedies made in the past 25 or so years.

I recently saw "Hollywood Knights" for the first time in years. I had forgotten how funny that movie was. Robert Wuhl was an absolute riot as Newbomb Turk.

352 posted on 12/14/2006 11:50:45 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Borges

I highly doubt that was true 40-50 years ago. Although I don't doubt they at least had a good view of it. Hadn't gotten the impression critics "hated" it, just that it wasn't the darling that Paris was. After all, Paris won *Best Picture* and Rain wasn't even nominated. That's telling right there.


353 posted on 12/14/2006 11:53:33 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: EveningStar

Most UNDERRATED movies:

Airplane
The Police Academy movies
Revenge of the Nerds
My Cousin Vinny
Beverly Hills Cop
Spaceballs

;-)


354 posted on 12/14/2006 11:54:39 AM PST by RockinRight (Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. He's a Socialist. And unqualified.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

They didn't hate it. It's just not regarded as all it was cracked to be at the time. And Oscars are strictly a Hollywood thing. Critics don't get a vote.


355 posted on 12/14/2006 12:07:08 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

Yes, but frankly, "Hollywood" tends to be much closer to critics in what it thinks is great than to the "masses".


356 posted on 12/14/2006 12:49:36 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: Borges

I think you're confusing the "its" - you seem to be talking about Paris when I was talking about Rain.

They didn't hate either. But at the time, they seemed to prefer Paris.


357 posted on 12/14/2006 12:50:55 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
Why didn't you just go thttp://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post#help see help for more informationo sleep?

I kept trying, but my wife kept jabbing me in the ribs every time I started snoring and drooling.


358 posted on 12/14/2006 12:56:57 PM PST by Maceman (This is America. Why must we press "1" for English?)
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To: Duke Nukum
Moulon Rouge Blade Runner Alien Anything by Robert Altman Wild At Heart Almost Famous Fast Times at Ridgmont High A Christmas Story Caddyshack Blues Brothers The Big Lebowski Jacob's Ladder

I'm not a huge DVD collector by any stretch of the imagination, but I own five of the films on your list.

Remind me never to invite you to the movies.

359 posted on 12/14/2006 12:59:46 PM PST by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Critics make fun of the Oscars all the time which tend to avoid overly edgy for the safe and prestigious (An American Paris over 'A Street Car Named Desire' 'My Fair Lady' over 'Dr. Strangelove', 'A Man for All Seasons' over 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' etc.) Critics polls tend to go differently almost all the time.


360 posted on 12/14/2006 1:11:39 PM PST by Borges
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To: AnnaZ; bonfire

Oh Holy God!


361 posted on 12/14/2006 3:38:51 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: King of Florida

Just because a movie is good or enjoyable doesn't mean it isn't over rated.

I think probably A Christmas Story is the most over rated on my list and the one I haven't been able to enjoy on any level.

Except to include it on an over rated list.


362 posted on 12/14/2006 3:52:48 PM PST by Duke Nukum (To thine own self be true...or relatively true. --Guy Caballero)
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To: EveningStar
The Thing (1982) Donnie Darko Last Year at Marienbad (HUUUUGE let down after watching Resnais' brilliant Hiroshima mon amour and Nuit et brouillard) Monsieur Verdoux (Charlie Chaplin just wasn't able to adapt properly to the talkies)
363 posted on 12/14/2006 8:01:33 PM PST by RightWingAtheist (Creationism is to conservatism what Howard Dean is to liberalism)
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To: EveningStar
Nashville
Good Will Hunting
Godfather (part 3)
Star Trek:The Motion Picture
Chicago
Moulin Rouge
Monster's Ball
Anything with Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohman in it.
JFK, Nixon, just about any film made by Oliver Stone
2001: A Space Odyssey
Fantasia
The "American Pie" series
Forrest Gump

The most overrated genre is the remaking old television shows into full length movies w/over-rated actors. Miami Vice isn't Miami Vice without the pastel-as much as they want to pretend that it is! (IMHO)
364 posted on 12/16/2006 5:51:57 PM PST by kcbc2001
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To: MikefromOhio
I can watch Forrest Gump, but for whatever reason I just can't understand why some people call it the greatest movie they've ever seen.

I'd count Gump among my Top 5 of all-time but I can understand why others wouldn't. While it is common-place now, the use of dead historical figures appearing to interact with "live" movie characters was groundbreaking at the time.

Many said Gump, while depicted as a moron, was popular because he espoused conservative values at a time when we were dealing with the Clinton Gang and liberalism creep everywhere. He stood by his girl, right or wrong, even when she tried to rebuff him. He won a Medal of Honor in Vietnam for saving men in battle, etc.

The whirlwind of events that Gump found himself in constantly reflected the whirlwind most baby boomers in the U.S. dealt with from Elvis to AIDS, illustrating the silliness of our pop culture (ping pong diplomacy and the jogging craze, for example) and the constant array of changes we adjusted to.

For me, personally, what moved it beyond comedy and social commentary was the storyline of Forrest and Jenny. Jenny blew with every new wind that was out there (sex, drugs, hippie life, etc.) and continued to reject Forrest as a moron while he waited steadfastly for her. When she finally consented to building a life with him, she was stricken ill and died. Anyone who has waited for someone they loved and then lost them all too soon would start crying, as I did.

This is probably more than you wanted to know but that is why I rate it so highly. It was comedy, drama, commentary, new technology (for 1994) and a good soundtrack rolled into one.

365 posted on 12/16/2006 6:19:14 PM PST by Tall_Texan (NO McCain, Rudy, Romney, Hillary, Kerry, Obama or Gore in 2008!)
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To: andy58-in-nh
Last Tango in Paris

I still can't enjoy butter.

Finally someone nailed that one! I would add another Brando film, Apocalypse Now.

366 posted on 12/16/2006 6:33:27 PM PST by Spyder
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To: EveningStar
OUCH!

...I definitely take issue with the panning of 'An American In Paris', 'Gone With The Wind', 'Forrest Gump', and 'The Wizard of Oz'.

Love 'em or hate 'em, they're definitely classics and part of American Popular culture.

With the exception of 'Forrest Gump', there isn't a director or producer in Hollywood today that could turn out such monumental epics, nor could they find actors as charismatic as Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Clark Gable, or Vivien Leigh.
367 posted on 12/16/2006 9:54:53 PM PST by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: Swordmaker

those weren't really movies anyway, just "documentaries"...or so they were so called.


368 posted on 12/16/2006 9:56:43 PM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: Spiff

Some of these people are messed up in the head.....Putting the Patriot and Braveheart on the overrrated list?

The Matrix was pretty sweet the first time through, but the 20-minute fight scenes with the endless guys in suits frankly got old.


369 posted on 12/16/2006 9:58:51 PM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I watched A Christmas Story the other night and my bride-to-be didn't like it. That was about it.

I was appalled. :)


370 posted on 12/16/2006 10:03:13 PM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: rwfromkansas

I have met a few women in my life who said they hated A Christmas Story...mind you this was not even in the Christmas season as it was being said. I knew immediately I would not have anything in common with them and I was right 100% of the time.

Good luck to you and your bride to be. Maybe she will be a Christmas Vacation kinda woman.


371 posted on 12/17/2006 9:43:40 AM PST by My Favorite Headache ("Head-On...Apply Directly To The Forehead, Head-On...Apply Directly To The Forehead")
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To: My Favorite Headache

Well, we agree on most things of importance.

Our taste in movies definitely differs, but thank goodness we both like crime tv shows and 24.

Christmas Vacation is great as well, though I don't think she has seen it, so we will have to try that one on as well.


372 posted on 12/17/2006 6:27:39 PM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: dfwgator

ROTFLOL!!!!! Never saw that movie.


373 posted on 12/17/2006 10:09:31 PM PST by I'm ALL Right! ("Tolerance" is only required of Conservatives and Christians.)
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To: I'm ALL Right!; dfwgator

A movie worth seeing. :)


374 posted on 12/19/2006 10:32:52 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Sling Blade was terrible.


375 posted on 12/24/2006 6:45:21 AM PST by Vision ("As a man thinks...so is he." Proverbs 23:7)
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