Thursday, July 23, 2009

Guilty Pleasure Movies

We all have ‘em, some are more discreet about ‘em than others, and we all get embarrassed once others find out about 'em. I'm referring to our little guilty pleasures. I define a guilty pleasure as something you enjoy even though you probably shouldn't, either for personal reasons or because of the embarrassment you’ll feel once others find out. Of course there are many types of guilty pleasures, but I’d like to shine the spotlight on movies. A guilty pleasure movie is a mindless thing that we can't quite explain that makes us enjoy bad films. Not only do we enjoy them, but *gulp* we sometimes own them. These are movies that you know without a doubt, are awful and cheesy, without the intention of being so (this is key), and yet we still secretly love them anyway. Why? Because they are shameless, blameless, fun. I've made a list of some of my favorite movies and even though I know they are ridiculous, I love 'em anyway. In no particular order, here are my top 5 favorite Guilty Pleasure Movies

The Covenant (2006)
When I first saw the trailer to this movie I said to myself, "That looks so dumb." However, one Sunday afternoon it was on TV and having developed a Hollywood crush weeks prior on the main actor - Steven Strait - I thought "what the heck." I didn't anticipate the ending result. I completely fell in love with this movie and remember buying it the next day, making my friends watch it with me. Of course they hated it and laughed in my face. But could I really blame them?

This movie is an unbewitching brew of cliches and acting at its finest (note the sarcasm). Everyone in this film looks like the same chiseled Abercrombie & Fitch model and you can’t tell who’s who. Now the real question is would I like this movie if I didn't have a crush on the main actor? I guess I'll never know. But seriously with lines like this, "I'm going to make you my little WI-atch," I can't help but love it. It's quite entertaining.

Step Up (2006)
Stripped of surprises and coasting on cliches, Step Up holds much of its hopes on the two leads - Channing Tatum (yum) plays a tough guy who has a problem with authority and Jenna Dewan plays a dancer finishing her senior year at Maryland School for the Arts.

Essentially, it's up to these two to generate whatever interest and tension the movie has, which isn’t much. Sure the chemistry between the two is hot and the dancing is great, but it falls way short with its mind-numbing plot. I think it’s because of the main characters, who are very likeable, that makes this movie bearable, not to mention fun and entertaining. If anything watch it for the dancing – there’s some pretty good work there. And can I just say, I love how the two actors met and fell in love making this movie and are currently newly weds. So sweet!

She's All That (1999)
She's All That is not likely to make a mark or be remembered by anyone for very long, but it's harmless shameful fun. It’s amazing what a brush can do for one’s hair, not to mention a hip haircut and contacts.

In She’s All That, Laney gets a makeover and turns into a babe-and-a-half. Zack realizes what a manipulative jerk he is, and Taylor returns for the predictable standoff with Laney for Zack’s affections – need I go on? There are lots of pretty faces and hard bodies in this very predictable movie. It has an extremely simple-minded plot that unravels quickly. This cheese-ball movie seriously makes me roll my eyes from time to time, but I still manage to enjoy it just the same. They don't call 'em guilty pleasures for nothin'.

The Fast and the Furious (2001)
At first glance, The Fast and The Furious is a slick, souped up flick that features cars, half naked hotties and more car races than you can count, but upon closer examination the terrible flaws in the movie begin to stand out. It’s terrifically awful movie-crack to say the least. You know it’s bad and yet you find it entertaining enough to finish watching it.

Paul Walker isn’t the sharpest tack in the box, but let’s be honest, that’s not why this pretty-boy was cast. You can just see the guy struggle through this movie. At times it’s as though you can see the rusty wheels turning in his head as Walker attempts to remember his lines, contort his face and hit his mark appropriately. “NOS,… I need NOS.” It’s awkward, it’s forced, and at times really painful to watch. But like I said it’s just entertaining and for reasons unknown, I still really like it.

House of Wax (2005)
Hooray for the good bad slasher flicks! Although it takes the title of the 1953 spooker starring Vincent Price, the story is something else. Camping teens get lost in a seemingly deserted town with a madman on the loose. Really, the remake of House of Wax is a throwback to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the gazillion other slasher movies that were spawned in the '70s and '80s. Only now the teens are dreamboat hotties with perfect chiseled features and super white teeth.

This movie is just fun and funny (don't forget, Paris Hilton is in it). The film builds to an out-of-control and very, very waxy climax, but not before Hilton performs a striptease for the camera and later dies awesomely (yeah that’s a word). And let us not forget the all too gorgeous, brooding Chat Michael Murray who struts his stuff like he owns the place. If you're a bit thrown at moments like this, just remember, the filmmakers are probably assuming you're drunk. But a horror film could be a lot worse. It could be a lot less entertaining than this one, and that’s exactly what this movie is - entertaining.

Runners Up Include:
Save the Last Dance

I Know What You Did Last Summer

OK readers, spill it! What are some of your favorite
Guilty Pleasure Movies?


Unknown said...

save the last dance! for me its a new age classic...the dancing is fun and the story is interesting...i just love it...also remember the titans...there you go! i love your blog kristen! youre awesome! :)

Kristen said...

Thank you for your comment Carrie. You're too cute! STLD almost made my list, but House of Wax beat it. I wouldn't classify RtheT as a guilty pleasure movie though. It's a great movie. Nothing to be ashamed of there.

Blazing Goddess said...

LOVE She's All That. But I can top you..... Simply Irresistible, with Sean Patrick Flanary and Sarah Michelle Gellar (two words- magical crustacean!). Oh yeah.

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