Movies that look stupid but turn out good.

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by bek, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. LuckyCharm

    LuckyCharm Well-Known Member

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    I love the new Star Trek. I didn't think it looked "stupid" in the previews, but I was totally "meh" about it. My sister practically forced me to watch it. I'm so glad I did. Awesome cast, and I thought the story was great. I think they're already working on a sequel.
  2. MR-FAN

    MR-FAN Kostner Softie

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    The fifth Element! And, ironically enough, the funniest cartoon of all time: The Emperor's New Groove (I remember literally making fun of a couple of friends fro suggesting we see it in theaters. Fast forward a year later when I saw it and called both of them admitting I was an idiot for not giving it a chance)
  3. Grannyfan

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    This old lady loves School of Rock. I've watched and enjoyed other movies with my grandson that I never would have seen otherwise. Just can't remember any of them. :)
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    "The Replacements" Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman and a team of misfit NFL strike replacement players. Rented it, loved it, bought it, and still watch it every few years.

    Oh, and I've always loved "Legally Blond". Bend and snap! :lol:
  5. Kruss

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    :lol: Exactly!
  6. agalisgv

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    I liked that movie. How to Train your Dragon and Finding Nemo I thought had very positive messages for people with disabilities, so they both get a thumbs up in my book :)
  7. Satellitegirl

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    I second The Fifth Element....and now it's one of my favorite movies of all time.

    I also thought The Other Guys and Scott Pilgrim vs the World would be stupid, but I loved both of them.
  8. mpal2

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    Stuck On You was better than I thought it would be. Campy stupid fun but extremely positive overall regarding disabilities. I've noticed that the Farrelly brothers have done that with every movie I've seen of theirs.

    I do love the fact that they explain the aging difference between Mat Damon and Greg Kinnear as a kidney or liver sharing issue. My favorite scene is when they finally get separated and try to walk for the first time. :lol:
  9. oleada

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    Drop Dead Gorgeous. Though it was going to be a bad movie, but it's one of my favorites :lol:
  10. emason

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    Thank God I'm not the only one; I hated that movie and thought I was a minority of one.
  11. Artemis@BC

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    Throwing another into the mix (and going back a bit): Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The trailers made it look like a bathroom humour fest, but it was much, much better than that. Plus with Michael Caine + Steve Martin, how can you lose?

    And one that looked like a brainless teencom but was so much better: Easy A.

    Agree with others about Galaxy Quest, How to Train Your Dragon, and Enchanted, all surpassing my expectations.
  12. aliceanne

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    Sherlock Holmes was also a surprise for me. I love the stories by Sir A.C. Doyle, hate the dry, dowdy, PBS versions.

    I saw the trailers for the movie and it looked like a typical action picture with lots of explosions and chase scenes and not much else. I picked up the dvd and loved it. It contains random characters from various SH stories and they are portrayed perfectly in all their wonderful eccentricities. Holmes and Watson are just the way I imagined them. Besides the big action scenes there are a lot of little clues strewn along the way, and you pick up more of them each time you watch it. The movie is not deep, just pure fun, as the author intended.

    P.S. I loved Richard Dornbush for using the music from that movie. It suited him to a T.
  13. Artemis@BC

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    ITA. I had an argument with the friend with whom I went to the movie. He didn't care for the "modernizing," and thought that Conan Doyle would be rolling in his grave. I disagreed strongly: Conan Doyle was a bit of a maverick himself, and had he written these characters in the 21st century I think that's pretty close to how he would have written them. I loved the film, and can't wait for the sequel due out later this year.

    Of course I also really loved the new BBC TV series "Sherlock."
  14. aliceanne

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    LOL. I think a lot of people forget that many of the literary classics were orginally written as popular entertainment.
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    :cheer2: Ratatouille is probably my favorite Pixar/Disney movie of all time. MiniCyn liked it, but she wasn't nearly as enamored with it as I was - to the point that I could forget that Janeane Garofalo :)yikes: :scream: ) was the voice of Colette. Almost.

    When it came out on DVD, MC didn't want to get one, so I bought a copy for myself :lol: . I also have the soundtrack to it (for which Michael Giacchino was nominated for an Oscar), and it's :swoon:

    Rat Race is a freaking riot :rofl: . When I was a little kid, one of my favorite movies was It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, which has a similar plot. I highly recommend renting it off of Netflix or wherever as it's definitely worth the money. I will say, though, that you have to be in a good and/or silly mood to enjoy it at its fullest.
  16. Artemis@BC

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    Because today is the day, gotta add: Groundhog Day. The ads for it looked really silly, and if you just read the premise ... but it surpised a lot of people I think. I re-watch it every couple of years or so (on Feb 2 of course).
  17. mpal2

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    If anyone has Encore movie channels they will be playing it all day today.
  18. aliceanne

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    What about the Night at the Museum movies? I haven't watchted them yet, but have thought about it. I can't make up my mind whether they will be stupid/funny or just plain stupid.
  19. rjblue

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    The first one was good fun. It reminded me of the Disney movies (Nutty Professor types) of my childhood, but with better special effects. I always want to like Ben Stiller's movies.

    I don't think I bothered with the second one though, the reviews were bad.

    Secondhand Lions is a great movie. My family has watched it multiple times.
  20. Artemis@BC

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    The reviews I saw were actually a lot better for the second one than for the first one. But I haven't seen either yet, so can't say from personal experience.
  21. mpal2

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    I liked the first one which really surprised me because I don't like Ben Stiller as a general rule of thumb. I ended up buying it too for a cute fluff movie to pop in for the nieces and nephew visiting. I know I've seen the 2nd one but I don't remember the storyline and haven't bought it so I'm guessing I didn't hate it or like it.
  22. KatieC

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    I saw the second one on an airplane when I didn't have any other choice. It was better than I expected. I saw the first one on TV a year later - vaguely enjoyable, but not particularly brilliant.
  23. reckless

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    Add me to the Galaxy Quest lovers. It seemed silly to do a Star Trek parody when the Star Trek movies at the time were pretty much a parody. That's now a movie I watch yearly and, when a friend of mine who loves the movie came to visit LA, I took her to where they filmed the rock monster scene.

    However, the all-time biggest surprise for me was A Christmas Story. I was on a plane with my dad and stepmom, and the stewardess read the movie description: "Little Ralphie wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. . . ." Yeah, it sounded horribly lame and you could almost hear half the passengers. Only about five or six people on the flight paid for the headsets, with my stepmom and I being two of them. When the movie played, we and the other viewers were :rofl: while everyone else on the plane kept looking at us and wondering what was so funny. I think my stepmom bought the vhs of the movie the day it came out so my father would understand.
  24. Lanie

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    I freaking love Galaxy Quest! :cheer2: for fluffy silly films.
  25. Twilight1

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    Zach & Miri Make a Porno- It was actually a really good movie IMHO.
  26. Vash01

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    I did not care for Sideways either. Didn't care for the characters.
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