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Follow-up question [Jan. 30th, 2006|05:51 am]
Zoethe
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Friday I asked people to tell me what movie they loved despite its bad reputation. I got some great answers, and a lot of people learned that they were not alone in loving these movies.

But there is a corellary question, which a couple people touched on: What movie do you hate, even though everyone else seems to love it? It can't be a generally disliked movie - for example, I can't choose "Eyes Wide Shut," despite my revulsion for the film, because my dislike is so widely shared. Likewise "Traffic" and "Munich," both of which are mixed review movies. It has to be a movie that people are surprised you dislike.

I have a couple. First of all, "Erin Brockovich," which I found to be very over-rated. The other is "Sleepless in Seattle." I thought it was smarmy, obvious, and saccharine.

This isn't nearly as fun a fessing up, since people are more likely to say, "how can you not like ____?!" instead of the "hey, I feel that way too!" that Friday's entry engendered. But maybe you'll find a support group for your dislike for The Princess Bride.
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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2006-01-30 11:19 am (UTC)
... it's not the obvious saccharine smarminess that people like about "sleepless in seattle"? i mean -- there's nothing unexpected about it, right, so it must be. (apart from the bit where the guys get all choked up talking about "the magnificent seven".)
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[User Picture]From: ohhjuliet
2006-01-30 11:20 am (UTC)
The Princess Bride absolutely stinks in comparison to the book. I wonder if I'd like that movie if I hadn't read the book? (and it's currently one of two of my 3 year olds favorite movies, which means I watch it 37,000 times a week, which is yet a whole different reason to dislike it)

Now, let's see, what did I see that I disliked that everyone else loves... hmmmm... that's going to take some thought... I'll be back...
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[User Picture]From: jfargo
2006-01-30 11:35 am (UTC)
I did like the book more, I'll admit, but the movie still rates as one of the best I've ever seen, if for the sword-fight scene alone. That was one of the very few fight scenes that I've seen translated from book to screen so fantastically well. Maybe I wouldn't have liked it as much if I had read the book first?
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From: genuinechris
2006-01-30 11:23 am (UTC)
Big. It has its moments, but it's not a good movie, it drags, it's boring, and the level at which you have to suspend your disbelief is prettty remarkable.

1.) The lead charachter is cruel to his mom--by not coming back home, by not trying really hard to fix the problem.
2.) The romantic relationship is so implausible it's boring.
3.) He'd get a senior level executive position in a toy store? Not even in the 80's.
4.) Ok, the white tux was funny.
5.) the social mores would have gotten him fired.
6.) Movies that take shots at the stupidity of adult culture...are so John Hughes.
7.) One chuckle in a 2 hour movie? I just couldn't get over how mom felt.
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2006-01-30 11:30 am (UTC)
The Sixth Sense. If it had been half the length it might have been a reasonable film.
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[User Picture]From: xforge
2006-01-30 03:53 pm (UTC)
Sixth Sense was okay, and Unbreakable was tolerable. Everything besides that from Shyamalan? Hurl-provoking, seriously.

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[User Picture]From: pogodragon
2006-01-30 11:31 am (UTC)
It's a Wonderful Life.

Depresses the hell out of me. No matter what you do you can't escape from the life you're born into, but it's ok because people like you really, they just don't tell you until you're suicidal. Hate it.

(I confess, I don't like James Stewart, he irritates the life out of me, but IaWL is the worst example that I've managed to sit through)
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[User Picture]From: letoile82
2006-01-30 11:39 am (UTC)
The Wizard of Oz - I've yet to find anyone else who hates it. I cannot stand it, and unfortunately my son LOVES it, so it is watched often around here.
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[User Picture]From: sarahdelynn
2006-01-30 11:47 am (UTC)
My husband hates Wizard of Oz too. We tease him about it all the time.
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2006-01-30 11:54 am (UTC)
The Piano.
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[User Picture]From: autographedcat
2006-01-30 01:47 pm (UTC)
"Hey, I liked _The Piano_. Holly Hunter was naked for most of it."
"She was nude in *one* scene."
"Depends on how you watch it."
--Jeff and Sally, _Coupling_
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[User Picture]From: jfargo
2006-01-30 11:58 am (UTC)
*shifts his eyes left and right, making sure no-one is poised to strike as he writes this*

Monty Python's Meaning of Life.

I hate it.

Seriously.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-30 12:19 pm (UTC)
I thought it was dull as hell, except for the salmon mousse.
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[User Picture]From: mizdandylynn
2006-01-30 12:00 pm (UTC)
Napoleon Dynamite

3000 Miles to Graceland

The Big Lebowski
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[User Picture]From: peterchayward
2006-01-30 12:04 pm (UTC)
I liked The Big Lebowski, but I would have liked it a LOT more if it wasn't for the John Goodman character. He annoyed the buggery out of me.

And I'm 100% with you on Napolean Dynamite. WHAT is the appeal!?
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[User Picture]From: peterchayward
2006-01-30 12:02 pm (UTC)
Napolean Dynamite. I despise that movie.

I can't stand it, really. I laughed once the first time I saw it, and since then have had to sit through that putrid mess a couple of times with friends who assure me that it really is brilliant and I just can't see it.

Ugh!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-30 12:21 pm (UTC)
People either love it or hate it, it seems.
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[User Picture]From: thessalian
2006-01-30 12:11 pm (UTC)
Kill Bill, both volumes. I tried, I really did. Everyone kept saying how much I'd love it. So I tried to watch them. Twice. And my God, no. It was just so ... Tarantino trying to be epic, when he's best in one-room, closed-area tight-knit plot to match his tight writing style.
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[User Picture]From: fortuna_juvat
2006-01-30 12:12 pm (UTC)
Snatch. Everyone I know thinks it's the funniest damn thing. I think it's just a bunch of guys mumbling.
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[User Picture]From: suburbfabulous
2006-01-30 12:19 pm (UTC)
It's SO niche-targeted, there are butch gay guys I know (who like Jason Statham) who can't stand it.
I liked it, but I knew others wouldn't. Lots of elements that would have increased a limited (not even universal) sense of appeal were missing.
Like, say, female characters with lines. I hear people like those.
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[User Picture]From: suburbfabulous
2006-01-30 12:20 pm (UTC)
Reservoir Dogs. Maybe it's just because I first saw it at a time when such pervasive nihilism was already happening in my real life, but I don't like that movie.
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From: ethangilchrist
2006-01-30 12:20 pm (UTC)
Yikes. Very difficult to answer. I'd have to say Titanic. At least that's the first movie that comes to mind.
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From: ethangilchrist
2006-01-30 12:23 pm (UTC)
Wait! Ye flippin gods I can't believe I forgot to mention this one.

Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail.

I simply cannot stand that much cornball anymore.
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[User Picture]From: myrrhdusa
2006-01-30 12:31 pm (UTC)
Fight Club. People keep telling me it's the best movie ever, I thought it was just dumb.
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[User Picture]From: funwithrage
2006-01-30 03:39 pm (UTC)
Likewise. Some parts of it were well-made, but to me, it generally came off as utterly pretentious. Yeah, yeah, society sucks. Yeah, reclaiming blah blah blah. Go have your midlife crisis somewhere *else*, Chuck.
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2006-01-30 12:34 pm (UTC)
My two top choices have already been mentioned, but I hate them so much, I have to say them again.

It's a Wonderful Life (it would be much more wonderful if I never had to hear about this movie, ever again) and Reservoir Dogs (which seemed to me nothing but an exercise in whether it is really possible to write a movie in which everyone dies. Answer - yes, but not a good one).
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2006-01-30 12:41 pm (UTC)
Fight Club
Clerks
Tim Burton movies (except Batman Returns)
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2006-01-30 01:11 pm (UTC)
HA! I knew I'd find one if I just kept scrolling enough! I couldn't finish watching Clerks. And I went in with such high hopes, too! I mean, Kevin Smith's freshman attempt, right? Meh. I could see some hints of his later stuff, but the writing was bad, the acting was worse, and it's not like there was anything in the cinematography to redeem it.
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[User Picture]From: tigergladys
2006-01-30 12:43 pm (UTC)
Spaceballs. Especially as a Star Wars geek, I'm supposed to like it, but I just thought it was stupid and not funny at all. Ugh.
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[User Picture]From: xforge
2006-01-30 03:47 pm (UTC)
Like many of Brooks' films, I found it gets funnier in repeated viewings. Still, not going to make that one part of the permanent collection for sure.

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[User Picture]From: theroom101
2006-01-30 12:47 pm (UTC)
It's not just a particular movie... everyone seems appalled whenever I tell them I don't think Johnny Depp is the bee's knees. He's just okay. Not particularly good looking, only fairly good at acting. I guess my best example of this is Pirates of the Carribean - I fell asleep during the movie. I don't know, I guess I'm missing some genetic code or something.
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[User Picture]From: finding_helena
2006-01-30 01:59 pm (UTC)
I second that... I did like Pirates of the Caribbean, but I'm not really that crazy about Johnny Depp.
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[User Picture]From: ladyoflight2004
2006-01-30 12:50 pm (UTC)
Dumb and Dumber.
Meet the Fockers

I find nothing funny in either of these films. Tasteless and stupid. A waste of time watching either.

I also agree with another commenter about Monty Python's Meaning of Life. *shudder*
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[User Picture]From: jadziaesq
2006-01-30 07:25 pm (UTC)
I hate Dumb and Dumber!
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From: shadowkat01
2006-01-30 12:55 pm (UTC)
Forrest Gump.
Napoleon Dynamite

I made it maybe 45 minutes in to Forrest Gump and finally just gave up and shut it off. Napoleon Dynamite I was forced to sit through while donating platelets at the bloodbank. *shudder* I've seen porn with more plot.
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[User Picture]From: butterandjelly
2006-01-30 12:56 pm (UTC)
Fargo

I was forced to sit through it and listen to my friends rave about it. I cringe when I see it in the TV listings, even though I know I can steer clear of the channel.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2006-01-30 01:41 pm (UTC)
Remind me not to rave about it around you.
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2006-01-30 01:00 pm (UTC)
Princess Bride! That's Meeeeeee! I love the book though. Love love love the book. Hate the movie. Yuck.
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[User Picture]From: moropus
2006-01-30 01:06 pm (UTC)
All of the Star Wars. Lucas is batshit insane if he thinks after all these years he can 'fix' what happened in the bar, to make Han Solo into a batter person. Han being a bit of a loser and a jerk was the only redeeming feature of the first movie. Luke was such a whiner, I just wanted to slap him and tell him to grow up.

His concluding movie did not support Leia telling Luke she remembered her real mother. So he has the memory span of a potted plant.

Ewoks are stupid.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-30 02:06 pm (UTC)
Wow. You are so wrong, but I'm amused by the rant.
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