Thread: Most Overrated Movies

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    I was just reading the paper (probably one of the last two people in the world that does!) and there was a really great article about how Caddyshack sucks. It was called What's So Funny ? and was about the 10 most overrated comedies. And with the exception of BIlly Madison and Little Nicky, I have to agree with every choice on the list. I'll put the list after the article...and you can add your own comments...
    I'm sure that some of you will disagree, but what can you do ?

    The world is divided into two distinct camps. There are those who believe that the 1980 film Caddyshack is the funniest movie ever made, and then there are those who did not stagger through the 1980s in a drunken stupor. I suppose that sounds a little harsh, but I have grown weary of the praise heaped on this third-rate movie that, in recent days, has been elevated to the level of reverence.
    I concede that comedy, like art, is subjective. There really is no right or wrong because, if you think something's funny, then it's funny to you. That doesn't mean it's funny to me. Caddyshack has not been funny to me since it came out. I didn't think it was funny then, I didn't think it was funny when it was revisited 10 years later (out of sheer curiosity because I couldn't fathom why so many guys liked this movie), and I didn't like it last year when I watched it or a third time. To me, it remains a stupid movie.
    I gave it three tries because I am certainly not infallible in my opinion of movies. I admit I was wrong in my initial assessment of the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption. I did not love it the first time I saw it, but so many people are crazy about that film that I forced myself to watch it again and again, growing to appreciate it more with each successive viewing.
    The same cannot be said for Caddyshack. I am a huge Bill Murray fan. Not only do I feel that Groundhog Day is one of the best comedies ever, but I even hold a special place in my funny bone for the very silly movie, Stripes.
    But Caddyshack is my least favorite Bill Murray movie, and one of the reasons is his ridiculous character, groundskeeper Carl Spackler. I didn't but it for a moment (even using the most liberal translation of suspension of disbelief), but more important, every appearance of the phony gopher is like a dagger to the comedic heart. I equate it to watching one of the those old comedies when the director speeded up a scene, usually a car chase, for comic effect.
    The best comedies have some ring of truth to them, and Caddyshack's ring is on vibrate. To be sure, Rodney Dangerfield almost makes it worth watching, but he isn't acting as much as he's doing his stand-up act. He's always funny, but that doesn't make it a great movie comedy. And Chevy Chase is essentially playing Chevy Chase.
    There was, however, a bedroom scene with a topless woman, which I suspect is the chief culprit in explaining why so many adolescent boys loved this movie. It was a comedy AND it had breasts.
    Anyways, if I've ticked you off so far, you're going to really hate my list of the 10 most overrated movie comedies of all time below.

    1.Caddyshack - Definately not Bill Murray's finest or funniest hour

    2.The Hangover - Repeated viewing doesn't explain why this movie made $462 million at the worldwide box office.

    3.Austin Powers International Man Of Mystery - I could put all of the Austin Powers movies on this list with a clear conscience. I just don't get it.

    4.The Waterboy - How many Adam Sandler movies does one put on a list of the most overrated comedies of all time ? I could easily have gone with at least three, but I'm going to stick with two - this one, which could be considered the worst comedy of all time if Sandler hadn't made Little Nicky and the next selection.

    5.Billy Madison - I have nothing against juvenile comedies, but I have never figured out exactly what is age-appropriate for this comedy. I know that guys in their 20s loved it, but that's just sad, isn't it ?

    6. Deuce Bigalow:Male Gigolo - Rob Schneider. Enough said.

    7.Weekend At Bernie's - I played softball with Jonathan Silverman and still hated this movie.

    8.Three Amigos - Three paychecks

    9. Meet The Fockers - As lame a sequel as you'll ever see. Same director as Dinner For Schmucks

    10.Step Brothers - The same guys who brought you Anchorman and Talledega Nights, only less so.


    If you read all that, what do you think ? Like I said, with a couple of exceptions, I complete agree with the article.
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    I love Austin Powers, Billy Madison, and the Hangover. Waterboy and Step Brothers were pretty good. The others I haven't seen. To me the most overrated movie of all time is Avatar, but hey that's just me.
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    Wow dude The Hangover was awesome. It seems you dont like more dumb comedies I guess, and have a giant hatred for any SNL stars movies.
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    Quote by VHSer
    I was just reading the paper (probably one of the last two people in the world that does!) and there was a really great article about how Caddyshack sucks. It was called What's So Funny ? and was about the 10 most overrated comedies. And with the exception of BIlly Madison and Little Nicky, I have to agree with every choice on the list. I'll put the list after the article...and you can add your own comments...
    I'm sure that some of you will disagree, but what can you do ?

    The world is divided into two distinct camps. There are those who believe that the 1980 film Caddyshack is the funniest movie ever made, and then there are those who did not stagger through the 1980s in a drunken stupor. I suppose that sounds a little harsh, but I have grown weary of the praise heaped on this third-rate movie that, in recent days, has been elevated to the level of reverence.
    I concede that comedy, like art, is subjective. There really is no right or wrong because, if you think something's funny, then it's funny to you. That doesn't mean it's funny to me. Caddyshack has not been funny to me since it came out. I didn't think it was funny then, I didn't think it was funny when it was revisited 10 years later (out of sheer curiosity because I couldn't fathom why so many guys liked this movie), and I didn't like it last year when I watched it or a third time. To me, it remains a stupid movie.
    I gave it three tries because I am certainly not infallible in my opinion of movies. I admit I was wrong in my initial assessment of the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption. I did not love it the first time I saw it, but so many people are crazy about that film that I forced myself to watch it again and again, growing to appreciate it more with each successive viewing.
    The same cannot be said for Caddyshack. I am a huge Bill Murray fan. Not only do I feel that Groundhog Day is one of the best comedies ever, but I even hold a special place in my funny bone for the very silly movie, Stripes.
    But Caddyshack is my least favorite Bill Murray movie, and one of the reasons is his ridiculous character, groundskeeper Carl Spackler. I didn't but it for a moment (even using the most liberal translation of suspension of disbelief), but more important, every appearance of the phony gopher is like a dagger to the comedic heart. I equate it to watching one of the those old comedies when the director speeded up a scene, usually a car chase, for comic effect.
    The best comedies have some ring of truth to them, and Caddyshack's ring is on vibrate. To be sure, Rodney Dangerfield almost makes it worth watching, but he isn't acting as much as he's doing his stand-up act. He's always funny, but that doesn't make it a great movie comedy. And Chevy Chase is essentially playing Chevy Chase.
    There was, however, a bedroom scene with a topless woman, which I suspect is the chief culprit in explaining why so many adolescent boys loved this movie. It was a comedy AND it had breasts.
    Anyways, if I've ticked you off so far, you're going to really hate my list of the 10 most overrated movie comedies of all time below.

    1.Caddyshack - Definately not Bill Murray's finest or funniest hour

    2.The Hangover - Repeated viewing doesn't explain why this movie made $462 million at the worldwide box office.

    3.Austin Powers International Man Of Mystery - I could put all of the Austin Powers movies on this list with a clear conscience. I just don't get it.

    4.The Waterboy - How many Adam Sandler movies does one put on a list of the most overrated comedies of all time ? I could easily have gone with at least three, but I'm going to stick with two - this one, which could be considered the worst comedy of all time if Sandler hadn't made Little Nicky and the next selection.

    5.Billy Madison - I have nothing against juvenile comedies, but I have never figured out exactly what is age-appropriate for this comedy. I know that guys in their 20s loved it, but that's just sad, isn't it ?

    6. Deuce Bigalow:Male Gigolo - Rob Schneider. Enough said.

    7.Weekend At Bernie's - I played softball with Jonathan Silverman and still hated this movie.

    8.Three Amigos - Three paychecks

    9. Meet The Fockers - As lame a sequel as you'll ever see. Same director as Dinner For Schmucks

    10.Step Brothers - The same guys who brought you Anchorman and Talledega Nights, only less so.


    If you read all that, what do you think ? Like I said, with a couple of exceptions, I complete agree with the article.


    What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
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    Quote by VHSer
    I was just reading the paper (probably one of the last two people in the world that does!) and there was a really great article about how Caddyshack sucks. It was called What's So Funny ? and was about the 10 most overrated comedies. And with the exception of BIlly Madison and Little Nicky, I have to agree with every choice on the list. I'll put the list after the article...and you can add your own comments...
    I'm sure that some of you will disagree, but what can you do ?

    The world is divided into two distinct camps. There are those who believe that the 1980 film Caddyshack is the funniest movie ever made, and then there are those who did not stagger through the 1980s in a drunken stupor. I suppose that sounds a little harsh, but I have grown weary of the praise heaped on this third-rate movie that, in recent days, has been elevated to the level of reverence.
    I concede that comedy, like art, is subjective. There really is no right or wrong because, if you think something's funny, then it's funny to you. That doesn't mean it's funny to me. Caddyshack has not been funny to me since it came out. I didn't think it was funny then, I didn't think it was funny when it was revisited 10 years later (out of sheer curiosity because I couldn't fathom why so many guys liked this movie), and I didn't like it last year when I watched it or a third time. To me, it remains a stupid movie.
    I gave it three tries because I am certainly not infallible in my opinion of movies. I admit I was wrong in my initial assessment of the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption. I did not love it the first time I saw it, but so many people are crazy about that film that I forced myself to watch it again and again, growing to appreciate it more with each successive viewing.
    The same cannot be said for Caddyshack. I am a huge Bill Murray fan. Not only do I feel that Groundhog Day is one of the best comedies ever, but I even hold a special place in my funny bone for the very silly movie, Stripes.
    But Caddyshack is my least favorite Bill Murray movie, and one of the reasons is his ridiculous character, groundskeeper Carl Spackler. I didn't but it for a moment (even using the most liberal translation of suspension of disbelief), but more important, every appearance of the phony gopher is like a dagger to the comedic heart. I equate it to watching one of the those old comedies when the director speeded up a scene, usually a car chase, for comic effect.
    The best comedies have some ring of truth to them, and Caddyshack's ring is on vibrate. To be sure, Rodney Dangerfield almost makes it worth watching, but he isn't acting as much as he's doing his stand-up act. He's always funny, but that doesn't make it a great movie comedy. And Chevy Chase is essentially playing Chevy Chase.
    There was, however, a bedroom scene with a topless woman, which I suspect is the chief culprit in explaining why so many adolescent boys loved this movie. It was a comedy AND it had breasts.
    Anyways, if I've ticked you off so far, you're going to really hate my list of the 10 most overrated movie comedies of all time below.

    1.Caddyshack - Definately not Bill Murray's finest or funniest hour

    2.The Hangover - Repeated viewing doesn't explain why this movie made $462 million at the worldwide box office.

    3.Austin Powers International Man Of Mystery - I could put all of the Austin Powers movies on this list with a clear conscience. I just don't get it.

    4.The Waterboy - How many Adam Sandler movies does one put on a list of the most overrated comedies of all time ? I could easily have gone with at least three, but I'm going to stick with two - this one, which could be considered the worst comedy of all time if Sandler hadn't made Little Nicky and the next selection.

    5.Billy Madison - I have nothing against juvenile comedies, but I have never figured out exactly what is age-appropriate for this comedy. I know that guys in their 20s loved it, but that's just sad, isn't it ?

    6. Deuce Bigalow:Male Gigolo - Rob Schneider. Enough said.

    7.Weekend At Bernie's - I played softball with Jonathan Silverman and still hated this movie.

    8.Three Amigos - Three paychecks

    9. Meet The Fockers - As lame a sequel as you'll ever see. Same director as Dinner For Schmucks

    10.Step Brothers - The same guys who brought you Anchorman and Talledega Nights, only less so.


    If you read all that, what do you think ? Like I said, with a couple of exceptions, I complete agree with the article.


    What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.


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    I'm an idiot because I don't like the same movies that you do ? And what incoherence response ? I didn't respond to anything. What I did was post an article that I happen to agree with most of and asked what everyone's opinion was. How is that incoherent ?
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    Wow dude The Hangover was awesome. It seems you dont like more dumb comedies I guess, and have a giant hatred for any SNL stars movies.


    I love dumb movies. I just don't like stupid movies. I love dumb, simple movies. There's a big difference between dumb movies and stupid movies. The Hangover just wasn't funny. I love most SNL star movies like Dirty Work (one of my favorite SNL movies), Tommy Boy, Wayne's World, Billy Madison, Little Nicky, and Three Amigos. Well, parts of Three Amigos. But I can't stand It's Pat. That's just so far into the "bad" category it's not even bad enough to be good.
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    I'm an idiot because I don't like the same movies that you do ? And what incoherence response ? I didn't respond to anything. What I did was post an article that I happen to agree with most of and asked what everyone's opinion was. How is that incoherent ?


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    I love dumb, simple movies. There's a big difference between dumb movies and stupid movies.


    I don't know where you heard that from, but whoever told you that nonsense sounds like a fucking moron. It's pretty bad when someone has to argue semantics.

    It's like saying that you like preposterous movies but not absurd ones.
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    I'm an idiot because I don't like the same movies that you do ? And what incoherence response ? I didn't respond to anything. What I did was post an article that I happen to agree with most of and asked what everyone's opinion was. How is that incoherent ?


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    Don't worry VHSer, as a big fan of "Caddyshack" I soon discovered when I joined Retro Junk that many people didn't share my affection for this film.

    However, I actually enjoy hearing from people who disagree with me when it comes to the topic of "Overrated" movies. I like comparing my reactions, scene by scene, to the reactions of others especially when we differ on opinion.

    Caddyshack gave me two types of humor; old fashioned one-liners from Rodney Dangerfield and dialogue driven, contextual humor from Chevy Chase and Ted Knight. When it comes to humor, I like my funny to be on the subtle side.

    So for me Caddyshack was a good movie. And let's face it, sometimes a good movie is all you really want. As for "Movie Greatness a la Caddyshack" . . . no way, I'll have to look elsewhere.
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    Quote by VHSer
    I love dumb, simple movies. There's a big difference between dumb movies and stupid movies.


    I don't know where you heard that from, but whoever told you that nonsense sounds like a fucking moron. It's pretty bad when someone has to argue semantics.

    It's like saying that you like preposterous movies but not absurd ones.


    That makes absolutely no sense. There IS a difference between stupid movies and dumb movies. Stupid movies are movie that aren't funny in any sense of the world and are just that...stupid. Like...
    Who's Your Caddy
    Bootycall
    The Jerry Springer Movie

    Those are just so bad.

    Dumb movies, on the other hand, may also be called low-brow. They have a huge audience because they're funny. They don't necessarily make you think about the world or life's problems. They just take your mind off things for a couple of hours and make you laugh. Don't YOU just want to relax and watch something simple sometimes ? Something that you don't have to think to heavily about ? Something that's just funny ?

    Dumb movies---
    Health Inspector
    Dirty Work
    Tommy Boy
    Multiplicity

    Sure, there not the top of the box office or have a bunch of different levels to them to make you discover something about yourself. But dumb movies are just fun. You have to think all day at work or school. Why would you want to have to think when you're being entertained ?
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    Quote by eddstarr88
    Don't worry VHSer, as a big fan of "Caddyshack" I soon discovered when I joined Retro Junk that many people didn't share my affection for this film.

    However, I actually enjoy hearing from people who disagree with me when it comes to the topic of "Overrated" movies. I like comparing my reactions, scene by scene, to the reactions of others especially when we differ on opinion.

    Caddyshack gave me two types of humor; old fashioned one-liners from Rodney Dangerfield and dialogue driven, contextual humor from Chevy Chase and Ted Knight. When it comes to humor, I like my funny to be on the subtle side.

    So for me Caddyshack was a good movie. And let's face it, sometimes a good movie is all you really want. As for "Movie Greatness a la Caddyshack" . . . no way, I'll have to look elsewhere.


    I'm glad to talk to someone on here that has a different opinion than me but doesn't get all upset and standoff-ish about it. Caddyshack has got to be on my top 5 list of movies that I just don't understand why so many people like it. I like Rodney Dangerfield, but he's the same in every movie and it gets tiring after a while. Chevy Chase is always funny. The two main reasons that I hate the movie is BIll Murray and that (excuse my use of the word but it's what it is) retarded groundhog or whatever it was. I never thought I'd say I hated a Bill Murray performance, but I can't stand him in Caddyshack. Everything else he's done is great. Well, except the crapfest Lost In Translation. Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Stripes, Scrooged.....all awesome movies. I just don't get Caddyshack.
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    Quote by eddstarr88
    Don't worry VHSer, as a big fan of "Caddyshack" I soon discovered when I joined Retro Junk that many people didn't share my affection for this film.

    However, I actually enjoy hearing from people who disagree with me when it comes to the topic of "Overrated" movies. I like comparing my reactions, scene by scene, to the reactions of others especially when we differ on opinion.

    Caddyshack gave me two types of humor; old fashioned one-liners from Rodney Dangerfield and dialogue driven, contextual humor from Chevy Chase and Ted Knight. When it comes to humor, I like my funny to be on the subtle side.

    So for me Caddyshack was a good movie. And let's face it, sometimes a good movie is all you really want. As for "Movie Greatness a la Caddyshack" . . . no way, I'll have to look elsewhere.


    I'm glad to talk to someone on here that has a different opinion than me but doesn't get all upset and standoff-ish about it. Caddyshack has got to be on my top 5 list of movies that I just don't understand why so many people like it. I like Rodney Dangerfield, but he's the same in every movie and it gets tiring after a while. Chevy Chase is always funny. The two main reasons that I hate the movie is BIll Murray and that (excuse my use of the word but it's what it is) retarded groundhog or whatever it was. I never thought I'd say I hated a Bill Murray performance, but I can't stand him in Caddyshack. Everything else he's done is great. Well, except the crapfest Lost In Translation. Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Stripes, Scrooged.....all awesome movies. I just don't get Caddyshack.


    What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
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    It's pretty bad when someone has to argue semantics.


    That makes absolutely no sense.


    Maybe i need to link people to dictionary.com whenever i make a post.
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    Are you alright, DebrisStorm ? You already posted that exact thing....and it still doesn't make sense. I didn't post any response. As I said, I posted an article that I agree with for the most part, but I didn't respond to anything.
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    Are you alright, DebrisStorm ? You already posted that exact thing....and it still doesn't make sense. I didn't post any response. As I said, I posted an article that I agree with for the most part, but I didn't respond to anything.


    What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
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