10 Movies I Was Disappointed With

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I tend to build movies up in my head.  Sometimes others do the building.  Either way, here are 10 that made the “I don’t ever want to watch again” cut:

1.  Did You Hear  About The Morgans? – I thought for sure this one would be decent.  I usually like Hugh Grant and can tolerate Sarah Jessica Parker, but this one missed the target…completely.

2.  Frailty – Who would have thought you could go wrong with Matthew McConaughey?  You can.  My friends thought this was so good and it had a HUGE twist.  I had it figured out within the first 15 minutes, and it was all downhill from there. I still don’t trust the movie recommendations some of those friends who recommended it.

3.  Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – Again, while I don’t mind looking at Matthew McConaughey for a couple hours, at least make it a decent plot and carry it through.

4.  All About Steve – The same year Sandra Bullock won an Academy Award for best actress for The Blind Side she won a Razzie Award for Worst Actress for this one.  It’s that bad.

5.  Dude, Where’s My Car – As cute as Ashton Kutcher is, I can never get the time back I wasted watching this movie.

6.  Kill Bill Volume 1 – I didn’t even finish this one.  I didn’t see much of a point in the movie, so I didn’t see much of a point in finishing it.

7.  Bowfinger – Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin couldn’t save this one.  In fact, they’re what made it bad…that and the story.

8.  Home Fries – Luke Wilson and Drew Barrymore should cringe every time they think about this movie.

9.  Legally Blonde Two – The first one was surprisingly good.  This one was just bad. Sometimes you just have to know when to stop.

10.  Snakes On A Plane – What do you think will happen when you put snakes on a plane?  Well, there’s your movie.  I don’t even care what you thought would happen.  It was like they took every worst-case scenario and put it all in one movie…on a plane.

I’m sure I’m missing some pretty obvious ones.

What are some really bad movies that you’ve seen?

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  • Michelle Woodman

    The Master of Disguise. When the funniest bit involves a villain with a flatulence problem, you’re in trouble. And I really wanted to like it as it starred Dana Carvey. Forget He Who Shall Not be Named — this is The Movie Which Shall Not be Named in my house. :p

    • I haven’t seen either of those. I’ll steer clear!

  • Cathysnyder80

    I hope you still trust movie recommendations from 🙂

    • I do. Although, you’re lucky. You recommended Frailty…

  • This is why I didn’t help with the list. 1,3,4, 8, and 9 are the types of movies I am predisposed to hate, and have to be exceptional for me to like.

    I also recommended Frailty. I’ve seen it since then and will agree it kind of sucks. At the time though for some reason I liked it.

    Snakes on a Plane was SUPPOSED TO BE BAD. It’s a hipster ironic movie. Made specifically for people to make fun of.

    Now, I like the Kill Bill movies. I don’t know what you were expecting. It’s Tarentino. He’s a weirdo. But I like weird.

    I’ll agree with you somewhat on Bowfinger. It just bored me to death.

    And finally, Dude, Where’s My Car. Cathy will deny this but we watched it at Bethel and laughed the entire way through. It was so dumb, but for some reason just hit our funny bones that night. Not saying it was good, but I can’t complain about a comedy that causes me to laugh the entire time. Yeah we were laughing at it instead of with it, but we were still laughing. Must have just been in the right mood.

    • Snakes on a Plane was just in there because I couldn’t think of anything else and I know Chet likes it 🙂 Bowfinger was boring! I can’t ever fall asleep during a movie or with noise like that, but I did on that one. I’m sure I laughed at Dude, Where’s My Car, too, but that doesn’t mean I ever want to see it again. What are some you’d add? Besides RomComs?

      • Here are some movies I was actually disappointed in:

        Transformers and its sequels: I loved Transformers as a kid. I had just about all of them. i even had most of the slightly more generic Go-Bots. Now I wasn’t expecting greatness here, but I did expect some fun nostalgic moments. I did not expect to see Bumblebee “pee” or to watch some of the most convoluted action scenes ever filmed. Fail. Times 3.

        Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: You don’t go into an Indy moving expecting realism, I mean, this is the same series where the Nazis have their faces melted off by the Ark of the Covenant. The “nuking the fridge” didn’t bother me. In fact I can’t say exactly what bothered me about this movie, except to say “just about all of it.” The only way I would have come out of the theater not disappointed is if in the credits we see Speilberg and Lucas lighting cigars with hundred dollar bills while laughing and flipping off the camera. At least that would have been honest.

        The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions: I have a theory that the Wachowskis originally intended to make a trilogy, but due to the high risk of funding such an expensive franchise, were only guaranteed one movie by the studio. They then streamlined their story into one truly awesome, memorable movie. It becomes a hit and now they have to scrape together sequels after they already told a complete story.

        The Dark Knight: This one is weird. At first, I loved it. But after multiple viewings, I began to realize something. My love wasn’t for the movie as much as it was for Heath Ledger’s awesome performance of the Joker. What I began to see was everything outside of the Joker scenes/story kind of sucks. Its overlong. Has cliched dialogue. And it completely wastes Two-Face.

      • I can agree with all of those movies. I own all of the Matrix movies and The Dark Knight, but you’re totally right about The Dark Knight. As far as the Matrix is concerned, I keep hoping the next time I watch one of the sequels it will be better. I couldn’t believe how much I didn’t like the Indiana Jones movie. And I wasn’t too pumped up for Transformers, so I wasn’t really disappointed, but it wasn’t good.

        Good call.

      • Geoff B

        I actually enjoyed all three of the Matrix movies, but I think it was more because I was so blown away by the original that I would have liked virtually anything that played off of the same theme. I did think it seemed like they were trying a little too hard to make the last two profound… maybe they weren’t much good, but I liked them 10 years ago when they came out.

        Indiana Jones–Aliens? Really? Epic Fail.

        I remember watching Transformers and Go-bots cartoons like it was my job. Go-bots were like the generic cereal that comes in the huge bag… you eat it because it’s better than nothing, but just sticking hard, overly dry marshmallows in the bag and calling it Leprechaun Smiles doesn’t make it Lucky Charms.

  • Geoff B

    I probably have basically no right to comment because I typically hate the vast majority of widely popular movies. I don’t watch many movies at all, but when I do they are rarely blockbusters.

    As for your list, the one movie I’ve seen is Kill Bill, and I actually really liked it. I agree with Herschel–Tarentino is weird…and dark…but I often enjoy that.

    Worst movies I’ve seen over the last few years:

    Beowulf and Clash of the Titans- thanks to my Fairfield guy friend for making me slap down nearly $30 to see these masterpieces in 3D. From the horrible script, poor plot, and all out lameness, these movies basically cemented my belief that most people who make 3-D movies think that because they are 3-D they can suck in every other imaginable way and still sell tickets.

    Transformers-it may have been a mega blockbuster but even watching it for free on the TV it was painful to make it through.

    Avatar-(disclaimer: I watch this on a one dollar bootleg DVD from Myanmar a few days after it came out in theaters. With that said, my opinion is that any movie that needs a big screen or 3-D to be good isn’t a very good movie to begin with.) I thought this movie was a neat idea but the plot was lame and shallow and I have never seen a movie with less character complexity.

    … and since we are picking up on the Cathys movie selections…i don’t remember the name of the movie but I remember going to Jackson with Cathy and Jay Burton and watching some Julia styles movie that basically consisted of her and her boyfriend having sexvans then always eating cake afterwards. That was a real winner also.

    • Ha! That Cathy story cracks me up. I wasn’t a fan of Avatar either. I try to avoid 3D if at all possible because it makes me sick and it’s just too much money.

      I’ve tried Tarentino before, and you’re right it’s probably just his style that I don’t love. And don’t worry about the long comment. I just like comments!

    • Oh poor Geoff had to spend money of bad movies. This is obviously the only time this has happened to anyone ever. Quick, take up a collection for his reimbursement.

    • I’d like to comment on Avatar. It wasn’t great. But it wasn’t terrible either. And about the 3D, heres my view. James Cameron spent years and millions of his own dollars to develop the technology just to make it. It was the first movie of its kind, shot with brand new 3D cameras. It was made specifically for 3D. It wasn’t post converted like most 3D movies(the afore mentioned Titans). The film is supposed to be seen in 3D. It’s as much about that experience as it is the story. And speaking as someone who has seen it both on IMAX 3D and on plain ol’ t.v., the lack of awe in the t.v. viewing experience really hurts it. Yes, they could have spent more time on a better story, but at least they tried something new and showed 3D can be awesome and not lame. Points for innovation in my book.

      • Geoff B

        I’m not bashing 3D because I think the technology is pretty cool, though I have yet to see a 3D movie that I thought was worth watching not in 3D… or at all. I have no doubt that when watched on a huge screen in 3D Avatar was visually inspiring. In other ways, that’s probably true of a lot of movies. To me, that’s a great bonus, but in no way does it make up for lazy writing, poor acting, etc. Are great visuals part of a quality movie? Most of the time…absolutely. But in my mind visuals, special effects, etc. are clearly secondary to top-notch writing and acting. For an analogy, consider the automobile industry. Just having a car that is visually appealing is pretty worthless if what really matters–all the various mechanical stuff–is junk. I know I am biased about this, which typically puts me at odds with the vast majority of the population, but it is how I see things… which of course is the only right way to see them. *smiley face emicon*

      • Honestly the best 3D movie I have seen was How to Train Your Dragon. Thats a movie for a whole other list-Movies that really surprised you.

  • Geoff B

    … Yeah I typed that on my phone and didn’t realize how long it was until after I posted. I apologize for that.

  • Typtyp1

    I am cracking up at the first one, “Did you hear about the Morgan’s?” Ask the Snyders about that one! And I totally agree with you on “All about Steve.” Those were both major disappointments considering the casts!!

    • It’s my fault. They warned me it was terrible, but I had to see for myself.

  • Sherrigreifzu

    Tarentino is not a favorite of mine. At all. Kill bill cured me of ever wanting to watch anything of his again. I’d say my list of movies I don’t like out weighs my list of movies I like tremendously. You should do a list of your favorite funny movies. I could do that one. Porky’s, Out cold, Dick and Jane, Varsity Blues, Sweetest Thing, and yes the Hangover cracked me up. Oh yeah and Bridesmaids!

    • That sounds like it would make for a good list!

  • Amy_book

    Tree of Life = worst movie ever.
    It’s like watching national geographic with a creepy voice whispering weird things at you. We kept waiting for the point. But it never came.

    • I couldn’t finish it either. I’d heard good things about it. And graphically it was fantastic…but that just doesn’t cut it for me either.