Skip to comments.'Horrible Bosses,' 'Bad Teacher': Why we love 'bad' – and bad – movies
Posted on 07/09/2011 11:46:56 AM PDT by smokingfrog
When it comes to movies, lets just call this the summer of bad.
Its not just grown-ups behaving badly though there is plenty of that. From Jennifer Aniston as a rapacious dentist in Horrible Bosses, which opens Friday, to Cameron Diaz as every students nightmare in Bad Teacher, to the projectile body functions in Bridesmaids and Hangover 2, multiplexes are awash in R-rated adult comedy.
But this is also a record summer for just plain bad movies doing very well.
Roundly panned films such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Green Lantern, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides are breaking box office records and spawning sequels at the same time they all have miserable rankings on such popular review sites as rottentomatoes.com.
As Hollywood.com box office expert Paul Dergarabedian puts it, Fewer tomatoes, more green than ever this summer.
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Heard “Zookeeper” was the worst.
Hollywood has no new ideas...my proof; a remake of Footloose with the names and script nearly identical to the first. Pathetic.
just took the kids to see super 8 the other day, i liked it, steven spielberg and jj adams from lost it was like close encounters meets the goonies
As much as I shouldn't, I LOVE the beginning of the movie ‘Escape From LA’ when the whole damn city brakes off from the rest of the country and is used as a prison. Good libertarian movie btw.
I only wish they woulda made more WWII movies from 1946-1975. My TV is constantly on the prowl for WWII movies. :)
I liked Escape from New York more than the LA version. But I did like it when Stacey Keach(IIRC) Tells Snake Plissken: “You KNOW the US is a NON-smoking country!” Plissken says: “The land of the free...” and then later shuts down the entire power grid and lights up a cigarette as he walks away. Loved it! And Kurt Russell is right-leaning in real life, too.
The only movie I have watched this year is “Battle: Los Angeles.” Otherwise, I just watch movies from my Blu-ray disc collection. Today I am watching “The Patriot.”
Shane: The greatest Western of all time? Seriously? Nobody who actually likes Westerns thinks that, but that's the critics' choice.
2001: A Space Odyssey:? No plot, no pacing, no acting and a completely incomprehensible ending. Needless to say, the critics adored it.
The Day The Earth Stood Still: A great science fiction movie? The original is AWFUL and the remake was even worse. It's thinly veiled commie propaganda with a kewl robot who actually appears in all of about 90 seconds of the film. Bilge. The critics thought it was great.
The Longest Day: Terrible movie, according to the critics. Their choice: Full Metal Jacket. Oh PUH-LEASE give me a small break. The former is based on actual vignettes researched by Cornelius Ryan. The latter is -- like most of Stanley Kubrick's dreck -- completely unwatchable.
The audience tomatometer for Transformers is 90%. That is a huge number, and it tells you that if you like Actioners, you're almost certain to enjoy the film, regardless of what the critics say. I haven't seen it, but based on audience reaction -- not critical acclaim -- I'll go.
I totally agree.
You can’t pretend to like Sci-Fi and then diss both The Day The Earth Stood Still and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
I didn’t think Green Lantern was all that bad... but then, I saw it for free.
My kids saw “Green Lantern” and “Monte Carlo” earlier this week. They said both were “Okay,” which doesn’t lead me to want to spend more money in the theater any time soon.
I was sitting in the lobby reading a book, and it seemed like they spent half the time going to the bathroom or the snack bar, anyway. Might as well stay home.
I loved the original “The Day The Earth Stood Still,” other than that I agree with your comments.
Except for R Lee Ermey as the DI....
Please tell me it is the Mel Gibson Revolutionary War one, and not the Eco weenie Steven Segal one.
The Days the Earth Stood Still were preachy and boring. 2001 was pretty on the wide screen but pointless and boring. They should be avoided unless one is in need of sleep.