Q&A Friday #28: Give Us Your “Guilty Pleasure” Movie List
Question: Mr. Hawkins, I’ve asked this question before but got no response so I’ll try again: Do you have a list of “guilty pleasure” movies? (movies that you know are terrible, B and C grade, but you enjoy regardless)
If you’re embarrassed, I’ll go first: Hudson Hawk, Nothing But Trouble, Purple Rain and Action Jackson. I know, they were all god-awful but I still get a kick out of them. 🙂 Some things can’t be helped :)” –Good_Ol_Boy
Answer: This is a hard question for me to answer because I’m such a big fan of horror movies and chop socky flicks that I could probably reel off a list as long as the Mississippi River of appallingly bad “B” movies that I liked.
But, here are a few bigger name movies I liked that most other people absolutely detested:
Battlefield Earth: I thought this movie was actually entertaining. Perhaps it’s because I was the only person who found John Travolta’s over-the-top alien character to be entertaining instead of cheesy.
Cool as Ice: This movie is so cheesy and ridiculous that it’s entertaining. Vanilla Ice drops lines like, “Drop that zero and get with this hero,” and rides a motorcycle right through the wall of a house. How can you not love this?
Godzilla (98): This one is the biggest puzzler to me because I thought it was a really good flick and it cleared over 100 million dollars in the US, but people just hate this movie. I get why people hate the other movies on this list, but I never got the dislike for this film, especially considering how comparatively terrible every other Godzilla flick ever made is compared to this one.
Jason X: This was even more entertaining than the original Jason flick (which is admittedly a bit dated at this point). If you ask me, this movie was more fun than 90% of the horror/sci-fi schlock that’s put out today.
Joe Dirt: Ironically, I put off watching this film for a long time because I thought it would be lame. But, when I actually saw it, I thought it was a fairly funny, witty, and well written flick. Again, not the greatest thing I’d ever seen, but not the cluster bomb dropped in a fertilizer plant everyone else seemed to think it was.
Pearl Harbor: I found the extraneous romance/friends fighting plot more tolerable than most people did and the action was really fantastic. On the other hand, I thought the song mocking this movie from Team America: World Police was outstanding, too. So, maybe I’m overrating this one.
Showgirls: Maybe it’s just because it was just especially hot to have Elizabeth Berkley go from being a good girl on Saved by the Bell to being a raunchy stripper, but I liked this movie. Ok, it’s not, “maybe,” it’s definitely — and even though this isn’t one of my all-time favorite movies or anything, I have just enough of a thing for Berkley to make this watchable.
Waterworld: Granted, this wasn’t a phenomenal movie but it wasn’t the disaster people made it out to be. It had an interesting plot, Costner had the whole anti-hero thing going on — it worked for me.