This weekend, an annual event will spotlight the worst in cinema from last year. No, I’m not being super cynical about the Oscars. The 33rd Golden Raspberry Awards (or Razzies) are also being held, and it should be a bittersweet affair given that it’s the last time its voters get to nominate a Twilight movie for anything. Well, until they the series is rebooted or the year 2020, when they can include the whole Twilight Saga in the Worst of the Decade categories, whichever comes first.
Contending for Worst Picture this year are The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, Battleship, That’s My Boy, A Thousand Words and The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure. The last of these is part of a problem we could have with the Razzies, because obviously it looked awful and nobody went to see it, probably not even those who nominated it. Meanwhile, left off the list of all nominees are such negatively reviewed titles as House at the End of the Street, A Little Bit of Heaven and The Devil Inside, which also was so negatively received by paying audiences that it seemed there’d be riots in some theaters.
The consideration of the worst movies and performances of the year is certainly a subjective idea, but it’s also difficult to really quantify since the truly worst film of 2012 is likely something most of us avoided anyway. And if we’re only to go by Rotten Tomatoes scores, that assumes that general moviegoers agree with film critics, which we know just isn’t true. A number of films earned a CinemaScore grade of “F” from average audiences last year, including the positively reviewed Killing Them Softly, the critically mixed Safe House and the almost unanimously panned The Devil Inside.
It’s rare that we see a reaction like the one moviegoers had with that last title, where it so closely aligns with the reviews. So, while I didn’t personally see it, I figure that’s the film that qualifies the most to be named the Worst Film of 2012 and is therefore the one most surprisingly unrecognized by the Razzies.
As for films I did see, which includes only movies I thought would at least be decent, the five worst were Red Dawn, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Taken 2, Flight and Total Recall. The last of these is apparently one of the least favorite films of 2012 for many people, and yet it didn’t even make the Razzie category for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, the nominees for which were chosen by regular folk via Rotten Tomatoes. Sure, the flying-car chase was cool, but not as redeeming as the fight sequence in Breaking Dawn — Part 2.
What is the worst movie you paid to see in 2012?
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