A good cast can make or break a film. We’ve already discussed how Hollywood can drop the ball and make some bad movies. It turns out that no matter how much talent you throw in front of the screen, sometimes it’s just not meant to be. Let’s take a look at some of these famously bad movies. You’ll be surprised how many talented actors are actually involved in them.
Batman and Robin (1997)
Director Joel Schumacher made one of the most infamous superhero films of all time with Batman’s fourth outing. Many fans believe it was responsible for setting the genre back by a decade. Following the questionable Batman Forever just a few years earlier, this flop killed the franchise for nine years.
It had nothing to do with its cast. The early Batman films could show off some serious talent, including George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Uma Thuman. Their performances couldn’t save it and it lives on in infamy.
Collateral Beauty (2016)
Not even Will Smith could save the catastrophic Collateral Beauty. The film, which follows a man writing letters to Time, Death, and Love, had an interesting premise and cast but never quite stuck its landing.
As well as Smith, the film starred heavy-hitters like Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, and Kate Winslet. Amazingly, all these acclaimed stars couldn’t make the film work and it was largely forgotten.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Baz Luhrmann remains a polarizing filmmaker due to his highly stylized work. Nowhere is that more visible than in the 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Despite a cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan, critics couldn’t quite settle on a consensus on the film.
No one could argue on the quality of the performances, but the dialogue was criticized for being too clunky and the music felt out of place for the era. It seems no one wanted, or cared, about this Hollywood remake.
What To Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)
What To Expect When You’re Expecting has been a classic book since the 1980s. So, if you’re going to make a film adaptation of it, the filmmakers should be sure to treat it seriously. Collecting a cast including Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, and Chris Rock seemed like a good place to start.
Sadly, the film never delivered. Despite some promising story points and actresses, the execution was boring and unrelatable for first-time mothers.
Grown Ups 2 (2013)
Film historians aren’t exactly sure when Adam Sandler gave up trying to make a good film, but most of them can agree it was before Grown Ups 2. The sequel to its 2010 predecessor hardly did well. At 7% on Rotten Tomatoes, it did three percent worse than the first outing, begging the question: how did these films get made?
Despite their critical reception, the Grown Ups films actually make money. They star Adam Sandler alongside his real-life friends Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade.
Movie 43 (2013)
Movie 43 is a truly fascinating look at bad films. It is technically an anthology comedy film that features 12 different skits all directed by different filmmakers. And its cast is truly extraordinary.
The 5% Rotten Tomato film stars: Hugh Jackman, Elizabeth Banks, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, Seth MacFarlane, Chris Pratt, Richard Gere, Gerald Butler, and many more. Amazingly, the film failed to garner any praise whatsoever and it was quickly torn out of the history books and into the abyss.
Valentine’s Day (2010)
After the British success of 2003’s Love Actually, there was a slew of ensemble films that attempted to emulate its success. 2010’s Valentine’s Day is just one of the examples that show how hard it is to pull it off.
The film was rated one of the worst ‘chick films’ by TIME, but that’s not because of its cast. It featured Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Emma Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Patrick Dempsey, Jessica Alba, and more!
New Year’s Eve (2011)
The following year, the same director bravely tackled the ensemble rom-com film once again with another holiday-themed film. Garry Marshall gathered a cast that included Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Halle Berry, Hillary Swank, Sofia Vergara, and Jon Bon Jovi to try his luck again.
Sadly, the film was considered a disaster at the box office and scored 7% on Rotten Tomatoes. It seems for now that Hollywood could not repeat the success of Richard Curtis and his ensemble London film based around Christmas!
Be Cool (2005)
Not every film needs a sequel, as Be Cool unfortunately proves. While its predecessor, Get Shorty was an entertaining and enlightening tale about the film industry, Be Cool didn’t exactly repeat the magic for the music industry.
The cast was led by John Travolta and included Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Cedric The Entertainer, Harvey Keitel, and Danny Devito. Amazingly, this talented cast couldn’t save the film from its fate. Generally, critics found it to be boring and lazy in its execution. Ouch.
Are we missing any films from this list? Let us know in the comments!
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