Top 10 Worst Movies with Great Casts
VOICE OVER: Dan Paradis
Script written by George Cimurt.
Unfortunately, these films prove that, when it comes to movies, all that glitters is not gold. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 worst movies with great casts. For this list, we've gathered a variety of films that got us excited with the big names attached but that – in the end – didn't deliver. We've judged these movies based primarily on their critical response, and we've judged the actors based on their reputation for giving good and memorable performances.
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Script written by George Cimurt.
Top 10 Worst Movies with Great Casts
Unfortunately, these films prove that, when it comes to movies, all that glitters is not gold. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 worst movies with great casts.
For this list, we’ve gathered a variety of films that got us excited with the big names attached but that – in the end – didn’t deliver. We’ve judged these movies based primarily on their critical response, and we’ve judged the actors based on their reputation for giving good and memorable performances.
#10: “Christopher Columbus: The Discovery” (1992)
With names like Marlon Brando, Tom Selleck, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Benicio del Toro gracing this epic film chronicling one of the greatest explorers of all time, historians and movie-lovers alike were drooling in anticipation. What filmgoers got instead was an enormous disappointment; the story was criticized as uninventive, the acting dull, and the film generally boring. Oscar-winner Marlon Brando gave what's been called one of the worst performances of his career, and after its release, the film’s producer – Alexander Salkind – claimed he would never make another movie again – and he didn’t.
#9: “Year One” (2009)
Jack Black, Michael Cera, Olivia Wilde, Paul Rudd, Oliver Platt, Bill Hader…and those are just some of the comedy heavyweights within this 2009 flick. Directed by and also starring the legendary Harold Ramis, this story of a hunter and a gatherer near the beginning of human history seemed like it’d be the next comedy hit. Rather than a hit though, viewers were greeted by a big-budget lemon. With a lack of chemistry between the actors and uninspired shock and gross-out humor in place of actual wit and comedy, this stale screwball was majorly underwhelming.
#8: “Nine” (2009)
This movie had three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis heading a crowd of beauties as diverse and talented as Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Marion Cotillard, and Kate Hudson. Could we ask for anything more? Apparently, we could. Although the musical drama loosely based on director Federico Fellini’s life had much promise, it tried to be something it just wasn’t. The film proved to be emotionally distant, with a muddled plot that turned off viewers with its lack of coherency and direction.
#7: “Be Cool” (2005)
Boasting seemingly more celebrities in its cast than live in Beverly Hills, this crime comedy starred John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Cedric the Entertainer, Harvey Keitel, Vince Vaughn, and Danny DeVito – to name only a few – along with cameos by everyone from Aerosmith to the Black Eyed Peas. Though it’s a parody of the film industry, so much focus is given to showcasing celebrities and spoofing various aspects of the biz that aspects like character development are nonexistent. On top of that, most of the jokes fall flat, and the story is sacrificed at the expense of fitting in more inside jokes.
#6: “The Bonfire of the Vanities” (1990)
Although there was a time that we were convinced that Tom Hanks could do no wrong, all we have to do is remember this catastrophic failure. Alongside titans like Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Kim Cattrall, Morgan Freeman, and F. Murray Abraham, the movie follows a materialistic and pleasure-seeking Wall Street investor whose life unravels after a fateful wrong turn in the South Bronx with his mistress. Criticized for poor casting, lack of character development, and creating the wrong mood and atmosphere, the comedy-drama and its cast were nominated for multiple Razzies.
#5: “The Big Wedding” (2013)
Combining romance, drama, and comedy with a story about a dysfunctional family getting together for a wedding is a surefire way to please audiences. Add big names like Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Amanda Seyfried, and Topher Grace, and you are almost guaranteed to make tons of money. That’s right, almost. The critical reception for this comedy was almost all negative, with a forced plot, poor editing, and lack of laughs to blame in addition to a cast that doesn’t seem to try – ‘cause they don’t need to.
#4: “Jack and Jill” (2011)
We all know that Adam Sandler has made some duds since his glory days, but it was this 2011 alleged-comedy that introduced a new low in his career. Although it’s been called one of the worst movies of all time and has been panned for its acting, writing, production, and pretty much everything else, what’s more disturbing is that it boasts such an illustrious cast. With the likes of Katie Holmes and Al Pacino leading the actors, and cameos from Dana Carvey, Norm MacDonald, David Spade, and Johnny Depp, we can’t help but feel bad for everyone involved.
#3: “Valentine’s Day” (2010)
Sometimes, comedy films with ensemble casts and intertwining storylines are charming and pleasant to watch; this is not one of those films. While we love Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, and Julia Roberts, who are just some of the movie’s renowned cast members, we definitely did not love them in this chaotic, cliché-filled romantic comedy directed by Garry Marshall. With an absence of logic, charm, or intelligence, it’s easy to see why Time magazine called it one of the top 10 worst chick flicks.
#2: “Mixed Nuts” (1994)
For the early ‘90s, there could be no better director or cast; Nora Ephron had recently directed “Sleepless in Seattle,” and decorating this comedy’s running time were Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Anthony LaPaglia, Juliette Lewis, Rob Reiner, Garry Shandling…and that’s just to name a few. It’s perhaps this assembling of talents, most required to play weird, stressed-out, or completely crazy characters, that became the movie’s downfall. Critics reviled the frantic pace, desperate attempts at getting laughs, and inharmonious story that made “Mixed Nuts” tiresome, overwhelming and over-the-top.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few dishonorable mentions:
- “The Family Stone” (2005)
- “Death to Smoochy” (2002)
- “Dreamcatcher” (2003)
- “Southland Tales” (2006)
- “Grumpier Old Men” (1995)
#1: “New Year’s Eve” (2011)
As if “Valentine’s Day” hadn’t taught studio executives a lesson, director Garry Marshall followed up that film with another holiday-themed romantic ensemble comedy featuring the same formula of intertwining characters and scenes. The result? The worst film of 2011, even worse than its predecessor and both overly schmaltzy and poorly constructed. Yes, not even Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Katherine Heigl, Sofia Vergara, Ashton Kutcher, Sarah Jessica Parker, Josh Duhamel, and Hilary Swank, among others, could save this flop.
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