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Movies that look stupid but turn out good.

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

  1. bek

    bek Guest

    Last night I went to redbox and rented Bandslam, thinking I'd probably hate it but maybe it would have something interesting. I was quite shocked to find that I really enjoyed the movie. The movie has a very John Hughes/Cameron Crowe feel to it. And the music acclaims people like David Bowie, Clash etc.

    I was shocked to learn this movie was marketed as a High School Musical rip of when the movie couldn't be anything more different if it tried. There's I guess a realistic feel to the movie, in the sense that you feel like they are dealing with real teens, with real problems (but not necessarily what you would think over sex problems) but just problems that kids deal with. Its actually a pretty decent movie that I enjoyed.
  2. jp1andonly

    jp1andonly Well-Known Member

    Hot Tub Time machine was pretty funny. I thought the previews looked awful but I was wrong. I also enjoyed Get him to the Greek. It was tasteless, rude, crude, but so freakin funny.

  3. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    I have really wanted to see Bandslam. Isn't one of the main actresses someone from HSM, or from a Nickelodeon show or something? I think that may have a lot to do with the perception of the film.
  4. Matryeshka

    Matryeshka Well-Known Member

    Yesterday, I was dragged to Salt. While I can see why it got some not-so-stellar reviews, I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were some annoying conventions that were left out, like no sticky love affair or wishy-washiness that usually comes with a female lead in an action movie. Angelina Jolie was kickin' ass and taking names, no apologies.
  5. leesaleesa

    leesaleesa Active Member

    I second this. It sounded stupid, but it actually was entertaining from beginning to end. Having John Cusack star didn't hurt.
  6. danceronice

    danceronice Corgi Wrangler

    I keep hearing this, though it's SO hard to get past the title....
  7. numbers123

    numbers123 Well-Known Member

    I am going the other direction. Because of all the hype - I thought Sideways would be good to see.

    I strongly disliked it, it did not make sense and was very disappointing.

    Now, I thought the Incredibles would be hokey, but I wanted some light entertainment. I loved that.
  8. falling_dance

    falling_dance Coaching Patrick

    When I first saw a trailer for The Big Lebowski on E!'s coming attractions, I thought it would be silly, too slight, and not at all to my taste. It turned out to be just one out of three and, since I first watched it in 2001, one of my all-time favorite movies.
  9. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    It was a while ago, but I recall enjoying Galaxy Quest even though it looks very silly.
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  10. KikiSashaFan

    KikiSashaFan Well-Known Member

    The Hangover was way better than the previews made it look.
  11. Integrity

    Integrity Active Member

    I disliked it as well, watched it on a flight. When I mentioned not liking it to the man sitting next to me he made a comment like "well it's a very critically acclaimed movie and it's quite wonderful". Snobby little sh*t :p
  12. skateycat

    skateycat Minecraft Widow

    Count me as a third person who didn't care for Sideways. I thought Paul Giamatti's character was such an unlikable little troll.

    The other night there was nothing better on than Rockula. The late '80s cheese was practically oozing out of the television set, but it was a fun little bit of Saturday night entertainment. My husband and I, who hardly ever agree on movies, both said this is a surprisingly enjoyable movie.

    We both spotted Bo Diddley in the movie, but looking up that IMDB link, I now see that Thomas Dolby and Toni Basil played two of the main characters. What a hoot!
  13. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    Babe - I thought the premise of it with talking animals sounded ridiculous in the trailer. But we saw it, and loved it!
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  14. HeatherC

    HeatherC Go Team SW Florida! =)

    I thought that was a great movie too. It surprised me how enjoyable it was and I think that was mainly from the cast. Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver specifically were really good. :)

    I remember thinking that Coyote Ugly looked like a movie I would never see (dancing girls in a bar is not my type of movie at all, LOL) but I saw it on TV one day when I was channel surfing and I actually enjoyed it. I didn't realize it actually had some semblance of a plot in it, LOL :lol:
  15. rjblue

    rjblue Having a great day!

    I'm another one who was disappointed by Sideways but loved Galaxy Quest.

    My first question to weed out people I probably won't have movies in common with- Have you seen Zoolander? If they give me a Blue Steel in reply, I know I'll enjoy the conversation.
  16. mmscfdcsu

    mmscfdcsu Skating Pairs with Drew

    Bowfinger! :D
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  17. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    Galaxy Quest was really good and very funny.

    Has anyone seen Rat Race? One of those movies that you wouldn't think much of but it was hilarious. Had a great cast with lots of cameos.
  18. millyskate

    millyskate Well-Known Member

    My big fat greek wedding. I thought the trailer was not funny at all, but I ended up enjoying it a lot.
  19. jenny12

    jenny12 Well-Known Member

    I agree about Sideways. I was looking forward to seeing it, but then ended up annoyed with Paul Giamatti whose character just needed to grow the hell up.
  20. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    The Game Plan - I really enjoyed this movie and think it not just funny but totally plausible. Dwayne Johnson was great as the jock/clueless dad. :respec:
  21. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle :shuffle: I normally only really like the critically-acclaimed Oscar winners but I was laughing my ass off the whole time. It was the most random thing I've ever seen.
  22. PRlady

    PRlady foot in both camps

    How To Train Your Dragon. I'm 54, for chrissakes, and watched it on a long plane ride a few weeks ago. I cried at the end. The flight attendants glanced at my monitor with great curiosity to see what was making this lady sit there with tears running down her cheeks. I'm sure they were very amused.

    What a terrific movie.
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  23. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    Ratatoulle was another one that surpassed my expectations.
  24. Satellitegirl

    Satellitegirl New Member

    LOVED that movie :) Really cute.
  25. zhenya271

    zhenya271 Active Member

    The Proposal with Sandra Bullock.
  26. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    I loved that one, too.

    I also really liked Sideways. :slinkaway
  27. BlueRidge

    BlueRidge AYS's snark-sponge

    I liked Ratatoulle, but I didn't see it for a long time because I thought it would be stupid.

    I hated How to Train your Dragon.
  28. Norlite

    Norlite Well-Known Member

    Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  29. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

    How come? I haven't seen it but was going to get it for my nephew.
  30. BlueRidge

    BlueRidge AYS's snark-sponge

    How old is your nephew? He might like it if he likes dragons.

    I didn't like it because it was just not a very intelligent story with very stock characters that seemed to be just copies of ones from better animated films. That happens a lot with animated films. From my perspective it just was very flat and uninteresting. And I hated the lead character who was such a one-dimensional stock character. Ugh.

    I demand a lot from my animated children's films. :saint: