Saturday, March 22, 2008

The worst of the worst

Joe Queenan of The Guardian argues that, despite what you may have read elsewhere, The Hottie and The Nottie is not one of the worst movies ever made. Bad as it might be, he says, it's not nearly bad enough to be counted among other titles in his "dark, Bizarro World pantheon" of "phantasmagoric disasters." Money quote: "[T]o qualify as one of the worst movies ever made, a motion picture must induce a sense of dread in those who have seen it, a fear that they may one day be forced to watch the film again -- and again -- and again. To pass muster as one of the all-time celluloid disasters, a film must be so bad that when a person is asked, 'Which will it be? Waterboarding, invasive cattle prods or Jersey Girl?', the answer needs no further reflection."

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