It’d be nice if most movies could live up to Selma, Birdman, Boyhood and other Oscar hopefuls’ standards, but every now and then, you just need a good bad movie. It could be a film that’s such an utter failure that it’s fun to get a laugh at its expense, a subpar movie that you enjoy watching simply because you’re into a certain genre, actor or character, or perhaps a movie that’s actually pretty good, but just isn’t your thing whatsoever. No matter which classification you prefer, the beauty of a Best Worst movie is that it manages to spark interest and/or entertain, but for the wrong reasons.
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10. I, Frankenstein
Stuart Beattie’s I, Frankenstein may be a boring, washed out heap of CGI vomit, but it does have one thing going for it – gargoyles. Forget super mopey Adam (Aaron Eckhart) and his cookie-cutter love interest, Terra Wade (Yvonne Strahovski). I want a film about Queen Leonore (Miranda Otto) and the Gargoyle Order. They’ve got a rich history, a society with interesting rules and a bunch of members (Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey, Jai Courtney) that get a fraction of the screen time that Adam does, but are exponentially more memorable.
Sure, “hate” is a strong word, but I hated Wetlands. In fact, it might have been the most miserable experience I had watching a film all year. However, that doesn’t mean I can classify it as a bad film. In fact, it’s not by any means. I’m a pretty neat and clean person so I suspect this is just a case where, A, I couldn’t relate to or connect with the main character and, B, I just had no interest whatsoever in watching someone stick her finger up her butt and revel in using disgusting public bathrooms.
The only reason Non-Stop works is because Liam Neeson is in it. The texting component is absolutely ridiculous and the whole whodunnit scenario isn’t satisfying in the least, but there’s just something about watching Neeson save the day and kick some butt at 30,000 feet that makes it well worth a watch. It’s easy to forget that Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Corey Stoll and Lupita Nyong’o are all in the film as well, but when you’ve got Neeson doing things like bribing unruly passengers with free international flights to save the day, there’s just no way anyone else can come close to stealing the spotlight.
7. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but I laughed throughout a good deal of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. There are a lot of jokes that fall painfully flat and the whole father-son thing feels forced, but whenever Dan Stevens is on screen as Sir Lancelot, which is a lot, the movie is absolutely hilarious. A good deal of the franchise’s humor comes from the fact that museum exhibits are waking up in an unfamiliar time period, but I’ve never seen a character work the concept as well as Sir Lancelot, especially during an unforgettable cameo scene towards the tail end of the film.
6. That Awkward Moment
That Awkward Moment sends all the wrong messages about dating and has a particularly deplorable group of main character at the core, but I can’t help but to be the slightest bit charmed by them. Call me a hypocrite, but there’s just something undeniable about Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan’s on-screen presence, even when their characters are stupid, selfish and borderline sociopaths. There’s no harm in getting a giggle out of some silly dick jokes and ogling big screen man candy (ugh), but god help any moviegoer who turns to That Awkward Moment for dating tips.