Monday, August 22, 2005

20 Most Overrated Movies of All Time

Premiere magazine has this list, but it appears that they only have a forum to discuss the list online, but not the list itself. So here are the movies:

2001, A Beautiful Mind, An American in Paris, American Beauty, Chariots of Fire, Chicago, Clerks, Easy Rider, Fantasia, Field of Dreams, Forrest Gump, Gone with the Wind, Good Will Hunting, Jules and Jim, Monster's Ball, Moonstruck, Mystic River, Nashville, The Red Shoes, and The Wizard of Oz.

I disagree strongly with the inclusion of Forrest Gump, which I think was a great movie. I'm totally on board with American Beauty. I enjoyed the movie, a lot actually, but I've found baffling the amount of praise the movie got, like it was some sort of magnificent insight into the human mind. Come on. This was a movie about a self-indulgent guy having a mid-life crisis but refusing to admit that his life has changed and he can't just go around having fun all the time anymore. I think most guys have known someone like that, even if the person they knew didn't quite go to the same extreme as Mr. Spacey's character. In other words, the movie is funny and mostly enjoyable, but new or deep it ain't.

One movie that seems to be on its way to overrated status Anchorman. I'm a Will ("Get off the shed!") Farrell fan, but that movie was unmitigated crap.


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