Monday, April 16, 2012

50 Most Hated Movies of all Time - #39 - Epic Movie

You ever watch Dragnet?  Just the facts ma'am, just the facts.

Rating: Epic Movie rang in at a 2 percent approval rating.
Box Office: The movie grossed over $86 milliion worldwide
The Awards: Nominated for the Golden Razzie in 2007 for Worst Screenplay
DVD Sales: 1,040, 120 for $16, 807, 388 as of late 2009

So, why is this movie here?  Clearly because the critics did not like this movie.  They said it sucked.  I can understand that.  It looks bad.  The guys who made this movie, their 7th film, Vampires Suck, J-Man reviewed it on this very blog and he mentioned how bad the movie is.  I believe him.  It's bad.  However, I have to go back and look at a very important number in the last sentence. 

7.  As in these guys have made 7 spoof movies up to date.  Spy Hard, Scary Movie, Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie and Vampires Suck.  They're coming out with an 8th this year, The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D.  Now personally, I don't care for these types of movies.  Movies that spoof other movies, unless done incredibly clever are just garbage to me.  It's lazy storytelling, just poking fun at something popular in today's pop culture instead of concentrating on things that are universally funny.  It's the equivalent of sitting and watching popular movies with a bunch of your friends and making snide comments to each other.  Sure, it's funny to you, but to make it funny to someone else?  That takes more than having a sense of humor your friends appreciate.  That's bonafide talent and it's something I'm sure these guys are lacking.

That being said, it's hard to argue with the numbers.  This movie, deservedly or not, has sold over 1 million DVD's as of 2009, made close to 100 million in the box office and these guys continue to make movies.  Someone keeps seeing their movies and someone keeps buying their movies.  If the movies flopped and they didn't make anymore and everyone bad-mouthed them, I could make a more tangible argument that this movie is one of the most hated films of all time.  That isn't the case though, so as bad as this film may be, I cannot make a strong enough case that it deserves to be on the list.  I have the idea that most people are like me and just ignore the film, rather than concentrate our hatred on it.  There's far more important things to hate in the world. 

Rating: Worth the hate?  It's probably bad, but not hate-worthy.

- Stephenstein

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