Good Bad-Movie Contest (sort of)

There’s really no way to make this a judgeable contest, but I thought it would be interesting to post on the phenomenon of good bad-movies — that is, movies that are bad, but that you liked and have seen multiple times. My two examples that come to mind:

The Replacements: yeah, Keanu Reeves couldn’t act his way out of a nutsack, but the overall message of the movie is good, the football scenes are pretty good, and the head cheerleader (played by Brooke Langton) makes me feel really special each time I watch the movie.

The Chase: maybe it’s Flea and Anthony Kiedis’ scene that made this movie for me, or perhaps it’s Henry Rollins’ performance as an angry cop … Ok, I’ll stop lying. Kristy Swanson is pretty hot in this movie. But overall it’s not horrible and may be the epitome of the good bad-movie.

So offer up your own examples in the comments section.

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  1. The Conan movies. (Destroyer & Barbarian).
    See a pattern?

    The Last Dragon, with Bruce Leroy.
    The Warriors, the 70’s (I think) gang film. Can you dig it?
    Any/all Star Trek movies. All are promising ideas suffering from poor execution.
    Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Definitely the weakest Python film. The idea is great, but the movie itself is rather half-assed.

    I could go on…

  2. Streets of Fire. There wasn’t a person in that movie that could act (even the scenery looked stiff). But the lead actress was way hot, and the dialogue was so ridiculously asinine it was almost a parody of itself — evoking gales of laughter. I’ll watch it every chance I get.

  3. Leopold Stotch says:

    Scott: Streets of Fire is exactly the kind of good bad-movie I was thinking of.

    Stephen: come on man — there’s nothing bad about Twins or The Warriors. Ok, Twins kind of fits this meme. But if you dare to include The Wrath of Khan as a bad movie, then there’s no saving you …

  4. Leopold Stotch says:

    I totally forgot about Eddie and the Cruisers.

  5. Leopold Stotch says:

    And I’m tempted to add Red Dawn, except there’s nothing bad about that movie. Unless you count the acting of Patrick Swayze or Chuck Sheen …

  6. Steve says:

    The Last Dragon I don’t know why…

    Harlem Nights. Filthy language(which I don’t care for) and a crazy storyline (is there one?) but I laugh till I hurt every time I see it.

  7. Sherri says:

    I watch Galaxy Quest repeatedly, and laugh hysterically everytime X^P

    You don’t like Keanu Reeves?

  8. Harley Davidson & the Marlboro Man

  9. Sister Act

    The characters are annoying, the humor is contrived, and the plot is cliche. But I’ll watch it just to see the musical numbers, especially “Hail Holy Queen”

  10. Cannonball Run

    The Last Dragon

    So I Married An Axe Murderer

  11. DL says:

    Since I think that bad movies are the greatest to watch, I wouldn’t have any idea if I should call them the worst or the best?

  12. bill m says:

    Hey, don’t knock Patrick Swayze! He was in one of the last of the great 70’s you-gotta-have-3-gorgeous-women-topless movies: ROADHOUSE. He plays a ‘professional bouncer’. With his own crew! Ben Gazzara is a great villain.

  13. Cowboy Blob says:

    Dune. Over-the-top, cheesy, hammy…Arby’s should made a Dune Burger. Hold the Worm.

  14. ICallMasICM says:

    Super Troopers