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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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