Everyone has a guilty pleasure when it comes to movies. No matter how badly it failed at the box office or was panned by critics, we can’t help but love these films.
According to a recent online discussion, here are twelve awful movies we can’t help but love.
1. Tank Girl
The 1995 science fiction film stars Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, and Malcolm McDowell. It features Petty as the antihero Tank Girl in a drought-ravaged Australia. It is based on the comic book series of the same name and has developed a cult following today as an incredibly faithful adaptation.
2. Hudson Hawk
The action-comedy, starring Bruce Willis, combines the stakes of burglaries and heists with surreal and slapstick comedy straight out of Looney Tunes.
3. Jingle All The Way
The Christmas comedy stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, and Phil Hartman and has developed a huge following thanks to its commentary on the commercialization of Christmas. It’s a yearly watch in our household.
4. Grandmas Boy
Allen Covert is best known for his collaborations with Adam Sandler as a side character, but Grandma’s Boy is his chance at a leading role. Despite being a critical and box office failure, the film has found its following on DVD and now streaming services. It’s not a good movie, but it’s still pretty funny.
Michael Bay at his finest: an ensemble cast, the looming end of the world, and a highly successful hit single from the movie. Who cares about public opinion? There’s a lot to love about this movie!
6. The Day After Tomorrow
On a related note, this film is everything we love about Roland Emmerich: a strong cast, an end-of-the-world disaster, and cheeky emotional stories. It’s not a work of art, but it’s still a comfort movie.
7. John Tucker Must Die
If there was one film to explain the environment of mid-2000s teenage comedies, John Tucker Must Die is the perfect example. It’s not art, not always entertaining, and not good, yet we can’t stop smiling when we watch it.
Much has been made about how big of a box office bomb the Kevin Costner film is, but it has a surprisingly large amount of defenders. Fans wonder if it would have been better received if it had been released when Climate Change was a more popular topic.
9. The Cable Guy
Jim Carrey is one of the most successful comedic actors of the 1990s. When The Cable Guy was released, it was not what moviegoers expected. The slapstick style we knew from The Mask and Ace Ventura was gone; this dark comedy goes all-in on the thriller aspect. It’s taken some time, but more and more people are starting to appreciate the genius that is The Cable Guy.
10. Van Helsing
Hugh Jackman as a legendary monster hunter dealing with Dracula and Frankenstein? In the mid-2000s? What is wrong with you, people, this movie rocks.
11. Killer Klowns From Outer Space
The 1998 sci-fi horror comedy is peak camp in the best possible way. The film has become a cult classic and is even being adapted into a video game.
12. The Wizard
The 1989 film starring Fred Savage may be one extended commercial for Nintendo and Super Mario Bros. 3, but it’s a nostalgic work of art that teleports us back to our childhood.
It’s an awful movie, but one that rightfully has plenty of fans.
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