Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Movies 11.8.10 Hated Movies!

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Today is all about the movies we didn't like! Movies are subjective and very often a movie you hated, someone else loved. These are the movies it would be difficult for me to find anything positive about. Share on your blog the movie or movies that you didn't like at all! Link your post back to The Bumbles Blog. If you don't have a blog, list your choices in the comment section of The Bumbles Movie post!

Toys (1992) Starring Robin Williams. Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack, LL Cool J etc.. A military general inherits a toy making company and uses it to make war toys and to train children to wage war through videogames. The plot is thin at best, and the focus of the movie is all over the place. The director, Barry Levinson, was nominated for a Razzie Award for worst director!
I went to this movie with a friend when we were in the midst of studying for law school final exams. We thought going to see this movie would be a good way to relax and take a break from the studying especially since my friend had movie passes. The theater was so crowded we couldn't sit together. This became a problem for me 40 minutes into the movie when I wanted to leave, badly! I waited another 10 minutes and decided I'd rather wait in the lobby for my friend then sit through this movie. Well, she was already in the lobby waiting for me! And we were far from the only people walking out of the theater. By the time we left, it was half empty!

Independence Day (1996) This is my husband's most hated movie. It's a sci-fi movie about an unfriendly alien invasion of earth. A group of people converge in the Nevada desert and attempt a last-chance retaliation on July 4th. It stars Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman among others and was directed by Roland Emmerich. This was the highest grossing film of 1996 and then some.
My husband found it formulaic, cheesy and felt it took itself too seriously. He would have preferred it was done with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. He also felt it didn't live up to all the hype. I've never seen this movie so I can't say what I think of it. But I haven't felt a need to see it & I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything not seeing it!

Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) is another movie I intensely dislike. I learned a tough lesson with this movie. I loved Tom Wolfe's book so when I heard a movie was being made of the book, which is an interesting, entertaining story, filled with wonderfully satirical references hence lots of material for a great movie, I was very excited. Not to mention the cast is pretty top notch with Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith and Kim Cattrall directed by Brian DePalma.(unfortunately, although the actors are good, the casting for the characters was not!) It didn't seem that the movie could be anything but great and funny. Boy was I wrong! The making of the movie was apparently a nightmare with all kinds of problems and controversy and it shows in the final product. It was a critical and commercial flop! And I learned that a great book does not a good movie make!

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) This movie, starring Mike Myers as Austen Powers, is a parody of James Bond films and 60's pop-culture movies. It generally relies on "bathroom humor" for laughs. One of the early scenes in the movie is one in which Austen Powers wakes up after years in suspended animation and relieves himself for a ridiculously long time. Ha....Ha. It doesn't get much better. My husband and I both hated this movie and never bothered to see installments 2 and 3.


  1. Gosh ... Toys sounds awful. I guess I didn't realize the plot!!

    And I didn't expect much from Independence Day so I wasn't disappointed.

  2. I totally agree with you on the Austin Powers movie - I just didn't get them at all.

  3. Yep, Toys was a stinker...but not as bad as my worst film. hahah

  4. I've never seen more than a few minutes of Toys. I wasn't sure what it was about, but it never seems to hold my attention when it's on television.

  5. Haha! Independence Day is one of my all-time favorite movies. I never tire of seeing it. And as much as I hate bathroom humor, I actually really liked the Austin Powers movie. All the sequels got a bit old though. I can't remember if I've seen Toys--if I did, it obviously didn't make an impression on me.

    My most hated movie . . . Hmm. Lost in Translation and Sideways. Step Brothers and that American Idol parody's whose name I can't remember.

  6. We LOVE Independence Day. We didn't really expect deep though, we were there for the effects! And we do love Austin Powers as well. We quote him all the freaking time in this house. But it is totally a brand of humor that not everyone likes.

  7. I kind of had the same reaction to The Grifters that you did to Bonfire. I was sure I would really like it because of a good cast - and then utterly hated it. I turned it off after about 15 minutes and never looked back.

    P.S. - I've never seen the Austin Powers movies - just snippets here and there. I do like Mike Myers, but that first one just looked so stupid. I enjoy silly gag humor but that one was too much.

  8. JENNERS: I think the only reason I went to see it was free tickets and a break from studying. Serves me right! LOL

    BERMUDAONION: The fact that my much younger male cousins erupted into fits of laughter for days after the movie made me feel okay about not liking it!

    LEE: Fotunately I haven't seen Bicentennial Man. How interesting that both our most hated movies star Robin Williams...Hhhmmmm.... lol

  9. WILLOUGHBY: HI! I promise you aren't missing a thing!

    LITERARY FELINE: You and I have very different tatse in movies it seems! I really liked Lost in Translation and Sideways! LOL How funny!

    SANDY: I will watch Independence Day at somepoint and with an open mind. I know plenty of people who love the Austin Powers movies, too, especially younger people so, since you have children it's probably a good thing you liked Austin Powers!

    THE BUMBLES: I had high hoped for The Grifters, too. What a disappointment! You know, I like silly gag humor but something about Austin Powers just didn't work for me at all.

  10. I have to agree with you on all of these except, maybe, Austen Powers. There is a lot of bathroom humor (there always is with Mike Meyers) but it's such a great spoof of the Bond movies which we have pretty much memorized in this house!