What is the worst movie you’ve ever willingly watched?
That’s a tough question for any parent to answer since we spend 95% of our movie viewing sitting through whichever Pixar flick has caught our kids attention, however at least in my case anyway, I think I can give a definitive answer to this question.
The single worst movie I’ve ever sat through without being coerced (or tied to a chair) is without question….
A couple of things…I realize I’m not really the target demo for this film. It would actually be a little creepy if I really liked it (and to be completely fair, my daughter loved it—which is all I care about it the end. Watching her watch it was all I needed, plus this was a movie my daughter, who was not yet 7-years-old at the time, insisted we see as a way to celebrate my birthday! What kind of father would I be if I said no to that sort of “daddy-daughter date” request?
But..in terms of my own tastes…to say it was awful is an insult to truly awful filmakers. It makes The Emoji Movie (listed below) look like an academy award nominee. But I went…willingly, as any father should under similar circumstances.
How would you answer this question?
The Ringer polled several staff members to find out what they worst movie they’ve ever willingly watched as an adult is. Here are their submissions:
- Meet the Spartans. I saw The Campaign before Adam McKay went prestige. I saw The Love Guru. (Mariska Hargitay!) And worst of all, I saw Meet the Spartans, somehow without having seen 300 first. The only thing worse than a terrible parody is watching a terrible parody without even the reference point of the thing it’s parodying.
- Ninja Assassin. I would tell you about the twist that made me walk out before the epilogue, but it’s honestly so bad that I struggle not to brand it as art. Anyway, don’t watch it for that. Watch it for the fight choreography.
- The Emoji Movie. As a parent, sometimes you’re forced to sit through some awful movies. But The Emoji Movie was the absolute worst.
- Movie 43. My friend and I decided to skip the 2013 Super Bowl in favor of watching Movie 43 and it is easily one of the worst decisions I’ve made in my lifetime.
- Pain & Gain. Pain & Gain is a movie where Mark Wahlberg and the Rock are stupid bodybuilders who commit a stupid kidnapping, yet after paying $11 I was the one who felt that I was being held against my will. The only time I’ve left a movie theater a lesser person than when I entered was when I watched this movie.