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My Favorite "Good-Bad" Movies

Posted Oct 03 2008 12:52pm

I really enjoy movies.  I enjoy just about all genres (though most romantic comedies do suck), and a movie has to be really bad for me not to at least by mildly amused (only about 10 movies I've ever seen fall into that category.  Think "Dr. T and the Women").  "Good - Bad" movies are a special category unto themselves.  They are movies that, when measured by the typical "Masters in Fine Arts, A.O. Scott, did the dialog significantly advance the plot and/or character development" standards, aren't very good.  Yet, despite all of that, they remain very entertaining.  However, this isn't just simply low brow fare.  There are bonus points if the effort in making the movie was to be better than the final product, so there is an element of "unintentional goodness" involved in rating the best of the good-bad flicks.

With that definition in mind, I offer you these five "Good - Bad" favorites:

5) "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension"  -  Wow!  Was supposed to be a sort of a multi-genred romp with a sci-fi appeal, and it became a cult fave for reasons not intended by the makers of this film.  Peter Weller stars, and you can also check him out in another really good "good-bad" flick called "Shakedown,"  which also has Sam Elliot spouts some awesome one-liners.

4) "Red Dawn" - WOLVERINES!  What over-30 movie fan doesn't have a warm spot in their heart for this safety blueprint produced to provide us teens (at least at the time) a info-filled training video on how to resist the Commies.  A great 80s cast (Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Grey, etc.) this is a movie that is impossible not to like, despite its exponential absurdity.

3) Cannonball Run - Okay, this movie was made tongue-in-cheek, but it still holds up as a good "good-bad" flick.  The medical doctor brought along by Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise is worth the price of admission alone.

2) "Johnny Mnenomic" - My God, is this good-bad or what?  Let's see, a wooden Keanu Reeves?  Check!  Hackneyed sci-fi plot?  Check!  A super-intelligent dolphin who holds the key to the Earth's future?  Check!  Dolph Lundgren as a half-robotic, psychotic-killer preacher who spouts lines like "It's Jesus Time!" ?  Double-check!!!

1)  Drum roll...."Road House" - okay, no surprise here.  This good-bad movie has got it all - an above average cast in a below average movie, unintentionally funny lines ("I heard he killed a man in Alabama", "Pain don't hurt"), a ridiculously over-the-top plot, and  a complete lack of insight into the movie being good-bad by the film's director.  Congratulations, we have a winner!

A few others, in no particular order, that are also faves on mine:  Super Fuzz, Streets of Fire, The Last Dragon, Karate Kid II, Midnight Madness, Shakedown, and Saving Private Ryan (just kidding...wanted to see if anyone actually read this far!).

I'll post some other favorites to the page as I recall them, but this oughta do it for now.  I'd love to hear other suggestions, though, especially ones I haven't seen.

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