It takes a lot for a movie to be rated under 5.0 on the Internet Movie Database — it’s almost as if filmmakers have to try to make a film so awful for it to be unanimously considered that bad. But amongst the hundreds of rubbish shark movies and horror flicks shot with quivering camcorders, there are actually some movies that are a lot of fun and more rewatchable than some rated higher.
Whether it’s because they’ve gotten better with age or because of the wild behind-the-scenes facts, these movies are wildly entertaining. And between a live-action movie with an animated kangaroo and a couple of misunderstood superhero flicks, these films might not be great, but they’re undoubtedly appealing now more than ever.
Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (2011) – 4.3
If some viewers think the first movie is one of the worst comic book adaptations, then they’ll no doubt hate Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance even more. However, the sequel might be over the top, as Johnny Blaze literally growls into the camera while he rides a motorbike and has his head turned into a skeleton’s skull.
The movie sees Nicolas Cage fall even deeper into the role of Johnny Blaze and he’s more uncaged than ever. Two-thirds into the movie, everything gets completely out of control, from Cage’s performance to the bizarre narrative. It’s trashy fun at its best.
Home Alone 3 (1997) – 4.5
There are a select few Redditors who love every Home Alone movie. That might be a bit of a stretch considering that the direct-to-video movies are almost unsettling in the way that they try to recreate the magic of the originals. And the overwhelmingly negative reception of Home Sweet Home Alone speaks for itself. However, there is a lot to love about Home Alone 3, even if it doesn’t feature Kevin McCallister.
Alex, the threequel’s protagonist, is just as compelling as Kevin, the traps are more creative, and it features a fascinating early performance from Scarlett Johannson too. And as the story follows a group of international terrorists instead of the Wet Bandits, Home Alone 3 also attempts to make the series more cinematic.
The Cat In The Hat (2004) – 4.0
Following the success of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat was the second live-action Dr. Seuss adaptation, but it didn’t quite land as well as the Christmas movie. The Cat in the Hat has an abysmal score on IMDb, and it’s mostly due to the heavy-handedness of the slapstick comedy and the over-the-top deliveries from the actors.
But compared to Grinch, this film is joyously colorful. Mike Myers’s performances are few and far between these days, so it’s fun to see the comedian outside of his comfort zone. The movie also sports some great-looking practical sets and surprisingly great stunts.
Kangaroo Jack (2003) – 4.4
Kangaroo Jack has a fascinating history. The movie was originally meant to be a road trip comedy aimed towards adults, but according to the Los Angeles Times, it was turned into a kids’ film about a kangaroo in post-production. And with that knowledge, it makes watching the movie so much more interesting.
Between trying to figure out what parts of the movie were changed and now understanding the context of the originally nonsensical jokes, Kangaroo Jack is actually highly entertaining. And as there are plenty of infamous directors’ cuts that could be out there, it’d be great if the original cut of the 2003 movie saw the light of day.
Batman & Robin (1997) – 3.8
Now 24 years removed from its release, there’s no denying that Batman & Robin is underrated. The movie was critically scathed and hated by fans for coming off like a two-hour toy commercial, but there are a lot of things Batman & Robin does well that it doesn’t get credit for. The movie is completely unpretentious, it wastes no time with monologues of exposition, and Uma Thurman’s Poison Ivy is iconic.
On top of that, audiences might make fun of all the goofy one-liners in the movie, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made that its bread and butter, and almost every one of those films are critically acclaimed. Lines like, “This is why Superman works alone” sound like something Tony Stark would say with his dry wit, and Batman & Robin did it first.
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) – 4.9
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle is another sequel that had a very low bar given that its predecessor was so negatively received. But when it was released 18 years ago, the sequel was even more hated than the original.
Full Throttle might not exactly have the most coherent plot, but there are still some things it does better than the first movie. The three leads have so much chemistry on screen, and they all have such high spirits and energy. It’s also full of cameos from the likes of Bruce Willis, Melissa McCarthy, and even the Pussycat Dolls.
Deck The Halls (2006) – 5.0
Christmas movies seem to be held to a different standard on IMDb — a higher standard if the scores are anything to go by.
Deck The Halls has a bang average of 5.0 on IMDb, and though it’s far from the best Christmas movie in the world, it’s full of classic slapstick comedy and great for fans of Home Alone. The film follows two neighbors who find themselves in a feud when they compete to have the best-looking Christmas decorations.
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) – 4.3
Director Robert Rodriguez has happily settled into a unique filmmaking style where he builds intentionally schlocky flicks influenced by ’50s movies and cheesy sci-fi films. So many other directors have attempted to imitate his style, but none have come close.
Many may have mistaken Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over for being unintentionally bad, as that’s the only explanation for its low score. The 3D aspect of the movie may have taken the novelty too far, but the film has the classic Spy Kids kitsch and all of the fun gadgets, comedy, and brilliant ensemble cast.
The Room (2003) – 3.7
Of all the movies rated under 5.0, The Room has probably been rewatched the most. The San Francisco-based drama has become a cult classic for how badly made it is. Everything from the way it’s shot to the acting to the narrative is shocking, but it’s those very reasons why The Room is so bad it’s good.
Though the movie’s poor quality is the very reason viewers love it, at this point, most audiences watch it as if it’s a comedy, as they laugh at almost every line of dialogue and action. The Room has somehow become a part of pop culture and there is even a major Hollywood movie, The Disaster Artist, based on the making of the 2003 flick.
The Flintstones (1994) – 4.9
The Flintstones was treated unfairly by critics when it was released in 1994; it’s almost as if they mistook it for something other than what it is, which is a fun kids’ movie. It’s an honestly faithful adaptation of the cartoon and it’s unapologetically silly, feet for wheels and all.
But what makes the movie more appealing now more than ever is the practical set design. There are actual boulders and practical “dinosaurs,” and though they may not hold a candle to the likes of Jurassic Park, if the movie was made today, it’d be completely CGI. On top of that, it was perfectly cast, as John Goodman’s portrayal of Fred is legendary.
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