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Favorite Guilty Pleasures--Movie Edition


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I was doing the ABC's of movie faves and realized that I have quite a few guilty pleasure type movies (some of which I listed there). Here are some of the ones I consider gulity pleasures (most are newer movies, made since 1980):

 

Jurassic Park--Preachy plotline, children in jeopardy and Jeff Goldblum. Ugh.  But the dinosaurs almost make up for it, And the soundtrack

 

The Addams Family--It's the Addams Family. With Angelica Huston. That is all.

 

Reds--Older guys showing they still got it, with a sense of humor. And Helen Mirren. (I have succumbed to a terrific woman crush on her in recent years)

 

Clueless--It's Jane Austen, reimagined and I love it, Valley Girl speak and all.

 

Independence Day--Such a ridiculous movie!  They hit every stupid disaster movie cliche imaginable. And it stars Jeff Goldblum. But I will watch it anytime I happen to catch it on TV...

 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding--Silly predictable, probably not the most PC movie ever, but it makes me smile.

 

Joan Crawford movies from the 50's  and 60's like Queen Bee, Johnny Guitar, Strait Jacket and Berserk: So terrible and trashy and So. Much. Fun.

 

 

That's a partial list. Im sure I'll think of more later. So...anyone else got some? And what (in your mind) makes them a guilty pleasure?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ooh what a great idea for a post! Although I don't know how "guilty" I feel about these films...

 

but here goes:

 

"Clueless"- I agree with this Tracey! I love this movie.  Plus, Paul Rudd is so cute... way better than Christian.  "He does dress better than I do, what would I bring to the relationship?" 

 

"Mean Girls"- This movie is to teenage girls in the mid-00s, what "Clueless" was to teenage girls in the mid-90s.  "I don't think my father, the inventor of toaster strudel would be too happy to hear about this."

 

"10 Things I Hate About You"- Another teen comedy from the late-90s, plus *sigh* Heath Ledger. 

 

"Clue"- This movie is amazing.  It makes no sense; but I love it.

 

"Xanadu"- Magic? Neon? Roller Skating? Gene Kelly playing clarinet? Greek Gods? What else do you need in a movie?

 

"UHF"- I love this movie.  It's so bad; but so awesome.  "Don't you know the dewey decimal system?"

 

"Napoleon Dynamite"- It's so ridiculous; but hilarious.  "Gimme some of your tots." "No. Get your own. Gosh!"

 

"Blast From the Past"- Christopher Walken is usually fantastic in anything.  The premise is really interesting, man leaves bomb shelter after 35 years underground and heads to the surface to gather more supplies.  He ends up in LA and meets Alicia Silverstone and has a myriad of adventures along the way-- many due to the fact that he's so naïve about society.  There's my favorite line: "I love sushi!" "I Love Lucy!" "So do I, she's hilarious." 

 

and finally...

 

"Encino Man"- yes it's got Pauly Shore and Brendan Fraser playing a cave man who thawed out and is now attending high school; but it's funny.

 

I have more... but I'll have to think of them and report back.

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Would porn be a "guilty pleasure"?

 

I agree with CLUELESS & LEGALLY BLONDE...both fun surprises. They remind me of Joan Blondell 30's screwball comedies. Why not? I add RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS into that ilk.

 

Although I've seen it regularly since 1976, I really enjoy popping in ROCKY HORROR dvd now & then. The songs are fun to sing to and the performances are electric. 

 

I think the whole cult film "Underground" genre is about guilty pleasures. People who find merit in misfire films. It's as if cult fans appreciate the effort, even if the movie fails for most.

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Mine are mostly from the 1960s, movies I saw when I was a kid or later on TV.  I grew up in southern California and surfing and surf movies were a big deal.  Just a few:

 

Get Yourself a College Girl, 1964  Great music!

Most of the Sandra Dee movies:  Gidget, That Funny Feeling, If a Man Answers, Come September (love Rock Hudson and Gina L in this), Take Her She's Mine (only recently learned this was based on Nora Ephron's college letters home), and Gidget.

Ride the Wild Surf, 1964

Endless Summer (almost a documentary) 

 

 

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I love Sandra Dee films. However I don't feel guilty about enjoying them. I just simply think that they are great fun.

Great fun is a better way of putting it.  Maybe the Real Housewives (the OC and New York) are more of a guilty pleasure.  And the truly guilty pleasures in life are probably best left unsaid, here anyway!

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I never subscribed to the term, "guilty pleasure".  I know what it's supposed to mean, but it has an air of smugness about it, that bothers me.  One persons "guilty pleasure" is another's "favorite film".  It's the same issue I take at the AFI making lists of best this and that.  There is no best drama, or best musical, or best anything.  It's all subjective, and the idea that people believe they have the authority to declare a film best, is stupid to me.  Therefore, declaring something a guilty pleasure (as in, this movie really isn't very good, but I like it), is also stupid to me.  If you like it, you like it.  Why should anyone feel guilty about what they like?    I never got the notion of just because someone with a platform to do so, says something is good or great or bad, it becomes accepted as such.  For example, I don't care how many people want to claim that SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is the best movie musical.  To me, it's not even in the top 10, and I like the movie.  No one would ever called it a guilty pleasure, but I can list as many things wrong with it, as I can, QUEEN BEE (perhaps more!)  Or take a newer film like HUGO.  Again, it wouldn't fall into what people today call guilty pleasures, but why not?  Because someone told us how great it is?  It's a really fine film, but again, I can make a list of things that are either silly, repetitive or just stupid about the film.  Very few films exist that I can't find something that could be better about them; but my list of perfect films certainly wouldn't be your list, and that's the point.  The people at AFI know no more about what makes a great film than you or I.  They have opinions, just like we do.  I can back up my opinion just like they can.  It's still just my opinion.  If I say, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN stops dead in its tracks with that plot-stopping Gene Kelly vanity ballet, someone else will say, it's the highlight of the film.  I know this is a bit overboard for the thread, but it's just a pet peeve of mine, and I wanted to get it off my chest.  Back to listing your guilty pleasures.

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There's 1 movie I like a lot that I've never read a single thing good about:  GAS (1981)  I've seen it over 20 times and it never fails to make me laugh.  "So you're gonna weld a gasoline storage tank, huh?"  I even bought the poster for it.  Paramount has never released this movie on DVD.

 

Others movies I like that are generally not highly rated are SCAVENGER HUNT (1979), EVILSPEAK (1981), THE BEAST WITHIN (1982), 99 & 44/100% DEAD! (1974), NOCTURNA (1978), UNDER THE RAINBOW (1981). 

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I never subscribed to the term, "guilty pleasure".  I know what it's supposed to mean, but it has an air of smugness about it, that bothers me.  One persons "guilty pleasure" is another's "favorite film".  It's the same issue I take at the AFI making lists of best this and that.  There is no best drama, or best musical, or best anything.  It's all subjective, and the idea that people believe they have the authority to declare a film best, is stupid to me.  Therefore, declaring something a guilty pleasure (as in, this movie really isn't very good, but I like it), is also stupid to me.  If you like it, you like it.  Why should anyone feel guilty about what they like?    I never got the notion of just because someone with a platform to do so, says something is good or great or bad, it becomes accepted as such.  For example, I don't care how many people want to claim that SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is the best movie musical.  To me, it's not even in the top 10, and I like the movie.  No one would ever called it a guilty pleasure, but I can list as many things wrong with it, as I can, QUEEN BEE (perhaps more!)  Or take a newer film like HUGO.  Again, it wouldn't fall into what people today call guilty pleasures, but why not?  Because someone told us how great it is?  It's a really fine film, but again, I can make a list of things that are either silly, repetitive or just stupid about the film.  Very few films exist that I can't find something that could be better about them; but my list of perfect films certainly wouldn't be your list, and that's the point.  The people at AFI know no more about what makes a great film than you or I.  They have opinions, just like we do.  I can back up my opinion just like they can.  It's still just my opinion.  If I say, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN stops dead in its tracks with that plot-stopping Gene Kelly vanity ballet, someone else will say, it's the highlight of the film.  I know this is a bit overboard for the thread, but it's just a pet peeve of mine, and I wanted to get it off my chest.  Back to listing your guilty pleasures.

Sorry about hitting your pet peeve (hey, that could be another thread!). I do agree with you about the ballet. As much as I like the parts with Cyd Charise, the rest of it drags the movie to a screeching halt...

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Discovered another sort of guilty pleasure--Penny Dreadful on Showtime. Not a movie, but a series. It's a Victorian Gothic tale weaving together Dracula, Frankenstein, Dorian Grey and the Spiritualists all into one dark nightmare fairy tale. (And Abbot and Costello are no where to be seen ;) )

It also contains delightfully pretentious dialogue containing phrases like "solipsistic self-aggrandizement," which IMO, flow like rich caramel creme. Lovely.

 

If you like the darker type of tale, I highly reccommend it. Stars Timothy Datlon, Eva Green Josh Hartnett and of posible interest for Dr Who fans, Billie Piper plays a consumptive hooker with a cheeky attitude.

 

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Robinson Caruso on Mars with no guilt, just pleasure.  It's an interesting si-fi take on the de Foe novel with a good story and acting making up for low-budget special effects.  It's a good way to introduce kids to the book.  I think you'll like it.     

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Robinson Caruso on Mars with no guilt, just pleasure.  It's an interesting si-fi take on the de Foe novel with a good story and acting making up for low-budget special effects.  It's a good way to introduce kids to the book.  I think you'll like it.     

It's the only motion picture with an outer space setting that I like.

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Anything by Roland Emmerich. Even "10,000 BC". His films aren't art, to put it mildly. :-) But they're great fun. When "White House Down" came out in the theaters, I bought my ticket, my popcorn and drink, and had a great ol' time.

 

Also, as was mentioned above, "Xanadu". God, I love this movie. It's stupid crap, I know, but I love it. The music of ELO, Olivia Newton-John and, yes, Gene Kelly (their duet, "Whenever You're Away from Me" is quite a nice moment, actually). Sheer guilty pleasure.

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