The Boondock Saints is unique to the Hunt. So far we have definitely had a couple of nominees that are renowned for being terrible (Battlefield Earth, I Know Who Killed Me, Hudson Hawk), but this is the first film to enter the competition that was so disastrous in its production and so notoriously panned by critics that there’s actually a documentary about the movie, Overnight, that is arguably as successful as the movie itself. Two friends told me this weekend that they hadn’t seen Boondock Saints, but they had seen the documentary about Boondock Saints. So that basically proves that it’s more successful. I should probably become a Professor of Logic. IN ANY CASE, what do you say about a movie that has been the subject of ridicule since it was made in 1999? What do you say about a movie that is widely recognized as a ridiculous parody of itself? I will tell you. You say let’s keep ridiculing this movie that is a ridiculous parody of itself, you guys, because oh man, this is a hilariously horrible movie!

Basically, the “Boondock Saints” refers to two Irish brothers (although I think sometimes in the movie they’re referred to as cousins?) in Boston who get in a bar fight with a Russian mob guy and then the Russian mob guy comes to kill them but instead they end up killing him, and from that moment on they realize that they are going to be professional vigilante justice killers who exclusively kill bad guys and make the world a better place. Meanwhile, Willem Dafoe is a gay FBI agent who is chasing them, but then eventually he gets drunk and decides that he likes what they are doing. At the end of the movie, an Italian mob boss hires a senior citizen to kill the Boondock Saints, but he hears them praying in a basement and decides instead that he wants to join the Boondock Saints in their quest for vigilante justice, so now there are three Boondock Saints, and then Willem Dafoe lets them into a coutroom with all of their guns and they execute a man in front of everyone to let the world know that they are the Boondock Saints and they are here to kill. Normally my write ups of the Worst Movie plots are kind of silly but this one is actually pretty straight forward. The movie made about as much sense as this paragraph.

There are a lot of things that make this movie terrible, but first and foremost we have to focus on Willem Dafoe. If the terribleness of this movie is a ship, Willem Dafoe is the drunk captain. If the terribleness of this movie is a song, Willem Dafoe is the off-key chorus. If the terribleness of this movie is an OK, you get the point. You guys, look at this:

Cramazing. I’m pretty sure Nicolas Cage watched this every morning before hitting the Wicker Man set and was like “walking in the shadows of giants, Nic, walking in the shadows of giants.” The Netflix sleeve for this movie describes Willem Dafoe’s character as “openly gay,” but that’s not quite accurate. I think “a ridiculous gay stereotype that isn’t even a stereotype but is just weird and not how anyone acts ever anywhere” would be a more appropriate description. Or also “openly huh?”

The writer and director of The Boondock Saints, Troy Duffy, claims that the movie is based on his own experiences in Los Angeles. OK! If I had to guess based on the movie he’d made, I’d think he had a bunch of experiences involving Russian and Italian caricatures with horrible fake accents who couldn’t act their way out of a Xenophobic stereotype.


Een Russia, mob bosses look unrealistic and just straight up wrong YOU!

But apparently what happened is he saw some EMT guys wheeling a dead body out of drug dealer’s apartment, or something, and was like “WE NEED A TERRIBLE MOVIE THAT HAS NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH MY NEIGHBOR’S APARTMENT.” He was like “I HATE EVERYONE’S EYES.”

To be fair, some of the movie’s flaws were simply the magical combination that occurs when you mix high ambitions with low budgets. Things can quickly get out of hand. Suddenly your movie set is all like this. But that still doesn’t explain the general lack of any kind of thoughtful decision making. For example, my favorite part of the whole movie (minus everything about Willem Dafoe) is the part where they scope out a strip club/peep show IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY.

Is that a seedy hub for Boston’s criminal underworld, or an Olive Garden? How embarrassing. I just LOLed in my pants.

According to the internet, a sequel, Boondock Saints: All Saint’s Day, may or may not have gone into production this past August. Supposedly it will have twice the budget, and none of the Willem Dafoe. Poor Troy Duffy. He’s like a pre-internet YouTube star who doesn’t realize that people laughing at you is not the same as people laughing with you, especially when people aren’t exactly laughing. It’s more like pointing. And shaking their heads. And saying “no.”

Next week: Driven. As always, please leave your suggestions in the comments or in an email. And if you haven’t done so already, please consult the Official Rules.

Comments (207)
  1. justinben  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2008 0

    How this movie got a cult following is beyond me. I’m very glad to see this movie in the hunt, i seriously hate this movie so much, especially because so many people i’ve talked to think it’s great. i watched this movie on VHS and i have a feeling if i watched it on dvd the picture quality would have been the exact same, so the movie has that going for it

    • John Jacobs  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 -15

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      • It’s really nothing to get that defensive about

      • This is late but…what? So many things wrong with this comment. But mostly its your grouping of Paranoid Park and Leprechaun 4: In Space together that is most offensive. That’s just a really bizarre combination. PP was well received by critics and had a limited release. Leprechaun 4: In Space is, well, Leprechaun 4: In Space. Neither of them would qualify for WMOAT anyway. Neither features at least one B-list actor and L4 didn’t have a theatrical release direct (I can’t believe I took the time to look that up…).

      • drock  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 +2

        This by the guy who sits and COMMENTS on blogs about movies all day…..hahahahaha.

      • chris  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 -1

        obviously you guys are professional movie critics who favor movies a teenage girl might enjoy. The boondock saints was great, too bad it couldnt compare to brokeback mountain or whatever you and ur shitty website like to watch

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      • Well this was a great movie. Videogum sucks on giving review, really… I know im saying too much but i just have to say this lot of people are stupid and like stupid movie that are easy to understand. movies like, lock stock two smoking barrels, snatch, and layercake are one of the greatest movies and they dont get accounted for because they confuse people. I found those movies not confusing at all, i guess people dont to think.

        • Uh,… what? But on a serious tip, people are stupid ands then they like stupid movie; i guess that i like to think about that while i watch non-confusing movies like THOSE….

      • I gotta agree, and to the fuckhhead who wrote this review, the old guy wasnt hired dipshit, its their father.
        Research the movie a bit better.

        • Dude, The people who wrote this review worship the cock of JR tolkien and Peter Jackson. Give em a break, theyre fuckheads and clearly are dumbasses that cant follow a simple plot.. GG Noobs.

      • ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!
        Leprechaun 4: In Space was WAY BETTER than Boondock Saints. Miles above! What a classic piece of campy cinema right there. This is just taking itself too seriously and, quite terribly, does exactly what Gabe wrote – makes a “parody of itself.”

    • rkidder13  |   Posted on Oct 18th, 2009 -3

      yeah this movie is one of my favorites, i dont understand why you say all of this shit about it when it isnt even bad. you explained a quarter of the movie adding the words drunk and gay to make it seem bad when its really a great movie.

  2. Count me in as one of those people that have seen Overnight and not Boondock Saints. it’s sorta like how I’ve seen inside Deep Throat, but have never seen Deep Throat, except that Deep Throat is porn… and probably a better movie than Boondock Saints.

  3. sarah  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2008 -6

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  4. Please do Lost In Space, THEY FLY THROUGH THE FUCKING SUN!!! THE FUCKING SUN!!!!!!!111

    Anyway here’s the IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120738/

  5. Amen. Some dude made me watch this my freshman year of college because it “was like the best movie ever oh my god you haven’t seen it? We are going to watch it right now come on!” I’m pretty sure it’s only popular for dudes aged 15-22 who want another film where awesome dudes shoot less awesome dudes regardless of plot or how much sense it makes to shoot those dudes. Like Pulp Fiction was over their heads or something.

    At least Willem Dafoe gets a hard-earned dollar every time some misfit 16-year-old buys this kickass-awesome DVD. His insanity deserves it.

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  7. Wasn’t part of the allure of this movie that it was too EXTREME to be released in US movie theaters? That’s what my college roommate told me, anyhow.

    • Krystal  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2009 0

      The MPAA pulled the theatrical release because of the Columbine shootings. Just bad luck and bad timing, really. They did a limited, one night release in May a few years ago – that was the first time it was ever in theaters.

  8. Dan  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2008 -6

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  9. H.F.G.  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2008 +14

    My ex-boyfriend loved this movie and tried to get me to watch it. I got half-way through this movie before I just looked at him and said “If you wanted to break-up with me, you should have said so.”

  10. Selena  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2008 +18

    Umm, Ok- I’ll admit that I am one of the people out there who like this movie, although I can agree that it’s low budget and silly. I still like it- Kind of like how I still like Taco Bell- even though I know it’s not real mexican food.

    P.S. the senior citizen is their long lost father, & the two are brothers (twins)…. and I think the movie is supposed to be about the indifference of man to evil and what law is more important- that of man or that of god… WHO the Fuck am I kidding?-

    I liked the movie because Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flannery are hot- even with their horrible Irish accents (or maybe because of them), they have BFF tattoos in latin and also, there is gratuitous (from the latin gratuitus) violence.

    • hahahaha i love the tattoos too. and this movie is fantastic in its ridiculousness. do you not appreciate ridiculous movies? that’s like not appreciating the 2nd & 3rd ninja turtles movies. you just have to sit back, enjoy the stereotype, and say wow this movie is amazing.

      • kristen  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2008 +3

        add me to the list of girls that like this movie… ok, love it. the first time i tried to watch it, i fell asleep. for some reason, i tried again, and now i’ve seen it probably 20 times. i can’t help it! it’s so quotable, and violent, and hotly irish(ish). it’s the perfect hangover movie.

      • Selena  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 +5

        I’m glad you were unafraid to admit it too :-) Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!!! Nothing beats a cameo by Vanilla Ice!!!

    • I also enjoy this movie because of its ridiculousness. I know it’s a bad movie, but I just can’t help it. I love lots of violence. And I love that randi compared this movie to Ninja Turtles.

    • GJD  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 +1

      I just remembered – Billy Connolly is their dad, right?

      There is nothing good about this film, and yet somehow I found it quite endearing.

    • i love that you love it. and it’s not even admitting it. who needs to admit they love it? just say that you love it RIGHT? love it. because of the hilarity of it and because the guys are so hot. and there is so much violence. that’s one of the main reasons i love it. because they kill all the bad guys who have bad accents. and they do badass things like cauterize wounds with an iron and accidentally kill cats and they have lines that are so easy and so fun to quote!

    • Whoever you are Selena, so much love lmao I’m a girl and I have such a hard time getting other girls to love this movie the way I do. It is ridiculous. But that’s part of what makes it awesome. It’s just a great knock-around movie. I bet the douche that typed up this little review is just angry with the world because he’ll never be as badass as Connor and Murphy. One of the biggest reasons I watch The Walking Dead is because of Norman Reedus. And you don’t have to be “mindless” to like this movie. I’m studying for a doctorate in physics. And last time I checked they don’t let fucktards like this blogger have a PhD =P

  11. Selena  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2008 +2

    How many likes can I put into a comment? I hate myself :-(

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  13. Dan  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2008 +6

    Randi loves the Ernest Goes To…movies and hates the Godfather. It’s too thinky.

  14. abbie  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2008 +6

    I love this movie dearly, but I was not aware that this was not a comedy until NOW.

    My bad.

  15. I like this movie. It may be a terrible story, but it is not like it is pretending to be anything other than a mindless action flick.

    I’d chose watching this over most prime time TV shows.

  16. pnut  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    White Chicks! Has no one nominated White Chicks yet? You should do White Chicks.

  17. Leith  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 -1

    Blair Witch Project. Can you do that one? Or is it non-valid for lack of A-, B-list celebrity? I think all the hype surrounding the movie when it was released should make up for that. Really…I know you’d have sooo much fun doing one of these on Blair Witch Project.

  18. since you’ve reviewed this movie you might as well watch Suicide Kings. I seem to remember a high school friend heartily recommending both of those (AH BRO THEYRE SO KICK ASS!!)

  19. also  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 -5

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  20. Sailor Jerry  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 +2

    Domino is right up there with Driven. The story is fabricated, the lead character is annoying and it reunites David Silver and Steve Sanders on the silver screen. The action sequences and all other sequences wreak of melodrama…

  21. I have friends from Boston who have practically made this movie their religion. I expected great things when I finally got around to seeing it and was blown away with how spectacularly awful it turned out to be.

  22. rdiggs  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 +2

    I’m actually a big fan of this movie. I think it is the over-the-top violence and minimal to nil plot that I like. Anyone who went in taking it serious totally missed the point. Point in case, “i killed your fucking cat!” Why no mention of the cat? I also see the appeal to anyone between 15 and 22 simply because of the drinking game associated with it. Not the best movie but shouldn’t be anywhere near this list.

    p.s. Willem Defoe: “get away from me you fairy.”

  23. g  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 +3

    you should do the Butterfly Effect because A. the acting is horrible (ashton kutcher!), B. it’s called ‘deep’ and ‘intelligent’ by stupid people even though it is totally ridiculous, and C. a baby gets BLOWN UP!!!

  24. Genevieve  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 -5

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    • Selena  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 +6

      I think you are talking about the Cartoon called The Boondocks….it has nothing to do with the Movie. It is a satire, about a black family from the south side of Chicago that moves to the suburbs “the boondocks”. It’s like Bebe’s kids, except with actual points where it’s funny.

  25. Wait … what’s wrong with Suicide Kings?

    Denis Leary as an asshole hitman, Christopher Walkin as a cooler than ice mob boss, Brad Garret as a buffoonish kidnapper, and Jay Mohr as an idiot.

    Talk about perfect casting.

    Suicide Kings has a decent narrative too – ya know, compared to Boondock Saints and Ultraviolet.

  26. Freeze  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    Come on i know the acting is poor and the characters lack any real depth. But out of the thousands of movies made and in the running for this honor i can hardly believe that this movie should even be brought up for this wonderful award

  27. lizard  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 -1

    the person I’ve been married to for more than a decade LOVES this movie and genuinely doesn’t understand why I don’t. I’m so so so so happy to see you rip it up. Thank you! I was afraid that somehow it actually wasn’t clearly, obviously terrible and I just missed an important cue. After all, I usually trust his judgment.

  28. jess  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2008 +3

    This movie absolutely deserves to be on this list BECAUSE there are so many people out there who would argue that it doesn’t. It is poorly made, poorly acted, poorly written, non-sensical, and stupid. I love violent movies AND stupid movies, for that matter. But Boondock Saints definitely represents one of those weird cultural phenomenon moments for me when everyone is saying, “You’re going to DIE this movie is so awesome.” And then, it’s clearly not awesome. Not at all.

  29. shmo  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2008 -1

    Kudos, kudos, kudos. TERRIBLE movie. And I love gratuitous violence and shitty acting even. This flick is just pure secondhand shit stole from any and every violent movie before it. It sucks Tarantinos cock basically. But in a totally bad way leaving like herpes or something. REVIEW TOMB RAIDER, THE SWEETEST THING, or CHARLIES ANGLES 2!!!!!!!

  30. Alex  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2008 +4

    Can I nominate a couple of things? First, The Sweetest Thing (Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Slema Blair) is the worst movie I’ve even seen. Except for, perhaps, Dungeons and Dragons, which I’m embarassed that I’ve seen. It has Jeremy Irons. Really, Jeremy? WTF?

  31. p.s. P.S. I love you, solely for the title.
    I too fell for the university hype for Boondock. At the time I didn’t mind it too much, but it’s been many years of snobbery since so things could change.

  32. Peter  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2008 -10

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    • Seriously? Try listening to the director’s commentary, or watching the feature length documentary about the making of the movie, or basically just consulting any source of information other than the one you based your post on. It’s not meant as satire. It’s just an action movie made by a Catholic guy who loves Tarantino and believes in vigilante justice. Also, Willem Dafoe’s character is just a cheap way to insert some homophobia into the movie without getting in trouble for it. That’s actually why everyone I know who loves the character does so: “he’s gay, but he hates fags, so it’s ok!”

      • Peter  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2008 -3

        fine! then its retarded and hilarious. That doesn’t make it bad. It makes it incredibly enjoyable.

  33. m.t.raptor  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 +1

    All of my friends in high school loved this movie unironically.

    Just curious though, did you not catch that the senior citizen is actually their long lost father, or did you just not include it in the summary for some reason? I always thought that made it extra hilarious.

  34. Brad  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 +1

    Yeah, this movie blows. I also went through the experience of having everyone tell me to watch it because it was supposedly awesome, but I realized about 15 minutes in that everyone I know is a fucktard.

  35. Sonja  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    I love Willem Dafoe and I’m (quite unironically) a big fan. I think what happened here is that he saw how bad this movie was going to be and decided to push it from there into “really, really ridiculous”.

    BTW, all the people who recommended it to me are women writing incest porn about the brothers…

  36. alaska  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2008 0

    Man, I hate this movie. Good call.

    By the way, please oh please add Batman and Robin into the mix. That movie was blindingly bad, Gabe.

  37. remember when a long comment thread on here would be like, 5 comments?

  38. Ben Suitt  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2008 +1

    Gabe,
    I nominate “Artificial Intelligence: AI” for the Worst Movie of All Time. In case you don’t remember this particularly terrible film, it was directed by Steven Spielberg in 2001 and starred Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, and William Hurt. With lines like “I know women! They sometimes ask for me by name. I know all about women. About as much as there is to know. No two are ever alike, and after they’ve met me, no two are ever the same!”, I think this is a pretty awesome nominee. I’ve never hated myself so much than when I had to sit through Haley Joel Osment stare at a fairy doll in the ocean for God knows how long before he is captured by aliens and reunited with his mother. I hope you consider this one.

  39. Manvnature  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2008 +3

    In my fifteen odd years of using this internet thing, I have maybe commented on a post…oh, 13 times? But my deep and abiding hatred for this movie compels me to chime in. I hate this movie. I hate the people who made it. I hate the cameras that were used to shoot it. I used to love Willem Dafoe. Then I saw this movie.. I try not to judge people too much for their personal artistic taste, but I definitely use this film as a litmus test. If you like it, our paths shant cross again. The one good thing about this movie is the documentary about the making of this movie. If Troy Duffy ever got laid again after the release of that doc, then there is no fucking justice in this world.

  40. I agree that Boondock Saints is an awful film. I do. But you fail to acknowledge how much a lot of people LOVE this movie. Average, joe blo moviegoers, sure. But A LOT of them. It might have an 18 percent score on RT.com, but it has like a 7.9 score on IMDB.com. Not “The Godfather” by any stretch, but certainly a well-liked film

    Like I said I agree with you, but you should have at least mentioned that everybody who likes this film is a moron.

    • Selena  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2008 -1

      Not everyone can be above average like you Micah.

      Also, I wonder which is worse- The Boondock Saints or Beverly Hills Chihuahua?

  41. Why do people like this?

    • kevin  |   Posted on Jun 28th, 2009 -4

      you may not have received the memo, but judging by the other comments you are way out of line for asking this question. this is a site devoted to mocking things with little to no explanation. trying to understand things is dumb. presenting your opinion as objective truth is awesome. besides in asking that question we might learn something other than what movies a complete stranger doesn’t like (after watching each movie knowing he’s not going to like it).

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  44. aseera  |   Posted on Oct 4th, 2008 0

    I think “the core” is the worst possible movie, let’s see an analysis on that sucker

  45. Drew  |   Posted on Oct 5th, 2008 0

    Lady in the Water. Has that already been recommended? If not, it should be.

  46. THIS MOVIE BLOWS ASS!! EAT IT, TROY DUFFY APOLOGISTS!

  47. The Don  |   Posted on Oct 10th, 2008 -2

    frankly, your a tool.

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  50. Deus  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2008 -3

    Why can you not just enjoy a movie for what it is? A gore fest with a bit of tongue in cheek humor, stereotypes and funny accents attached. I love this movie and is on my top 10 list for sure.

    I first saw it when i was 16/17ish, now 22. I have watched it at least once every year since i first saw it and i still love it.

    It is absurd and wonderful.

    Black Humor? Check
    Gore? Check
    Action? Check
    Willem Dafoe? Check

    I don’t know about you, but that makes a entertaining movie for me.

    People got to stop reading so fucking deep into shit.

    Enjoy something for what it is.

    • Ash  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2009 -1

      I agree with you. But you forgot to mention the hot irish accent on the check list. lol Sorry i love this movie and the accents.

  51. Marc  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2008 -7

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  52. Sara  |   Posted on Oct 16th, 2008 0

    Thanks for this – so many of my friends (mostly women, who I guess are attracted to the whole “bad boys with accents!” thing) love this movie, and I just didn’t like it at all. It was just bad. Also, I hate the idea that bad boys are somehow hot.

  53. chase  |   Posted on Oct 17th, 2008 +1

    agreed. balls to the wall suck.

  54. oh man you guys hsould totally do titanic..shuch a bad moviee!!! you gues are the coolesest! make fun of thinkgs make fun of thinkgs!!!!

  55. Ok, I’ve never seen this movie, but your account of it made me laugh so hard that I am actually in a fair amount of physical pain right now. I’m netflixing it, and shooting it straight to top-of-queue.

  56. i haven’t seen it yet either. but that willem defoe clip makes me want to. looks ridiculously awesome. but then awesome bad too

  57. Rook  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2008 -6

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  58. ewout  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2008 -1

    Oh yeah, Obvious troll is obvious

  59. John Kelly  |   Posted on Nov 16th, 2008 -4

    Yes, there will be a sequel. It starts up soon in Toronto.
    I know. I’ll be working on it. lol.

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  63. Fan  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2008 -2

    Old guy? It was their father who taught them the prayer he overheard. Did you even watch the movie?

    Sounds to me more like this movie got thrown under the bus to get a little pissing contest going in hopes to earn some more visits. Sad…

  64. BA  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2008 +8

    boondock saints is the movie equivelant to Dane Cook. Everybody told you it/he was the best thing ever and then when you finally watched….well i had no fucking clue how anybody could find anything remotely enjoyable/funny about it. THey both ruined a lot of college days

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    • haha  |   Posted on Dec 19th, 2008 +12

      Yeah, the characters are so deep. We really get to know them in the 20 seconds before God randomly decides to instruct them to murder criminals. Or how bout that scene where they shoot a bunch of people. I felt so connected to their struggle. This movie contains so much fucking metaphor. Like when they have a poorly shot slow motion gunfight with their father from like 20 feet away and nobody dies. Unless, is that where that douchebag who shot the cat (like that scene wasn’t a total Pulp Fiction rip-off,”Oops, I shot Marvin in the face,” which is an overrated movie anyways) died? I can’t remember because I didn’t give a shit. So much for engrossing the viewer. How bout the metaphor of killing a man in court, because, you know, fuckin’ justice system’s so damn corrupt. Or when they say that bad-ass prayer. OH, IT’S SOOO BAD-ASS!!!! Generally, people who hate Boondock Saints are reasonable, intelligent people with a grasp of what makes films admirable. Contrarily, it is usually those with your opinion who laugh at retarded shit that mistakes reference for wit like Family Guy. I bet you love Sin City and 300 and other shitty style over substance movies, might I recommend Spirit? You probably also love crap that tries real hard to be deep and important when really its just stupid and pretentious like Donnie Darko. Also, The Simpsons was the cleverest show on T.V. for awhile. Don’t assume it was meant for idiots just because it’s sucked for the past 8 or so years. Stop pretending you know anything about films or keep your shitty, misguided opinions to yourself. All you’re doing is plastering a big target symbol between your eyes with the words “pseudo-intellectual moron” written above it.

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    • drew  |   Posted on Mar 22nd, 2009 +2

      What a loser man! Atleast don’t diss your dad over a fucking lame movie!!! You sir are exactly what is wrong with this country. The boondock saints is a horrible film and has inspired god knows how many, to take laws into their own hands. Guns, guns , guns… is their nothing else you people can masturbate over? Look at where this society has ended up with its gun loving vigilanteism… children shooting each other, jets dropping depleted uranium bombs over some other children somewhere, economy bankrupt and no healthcare for millions, can you blame those who turn to crime? is their no other form of entertainment left save cops and robbers or vigilantes and the mob? this generation has come to depend almost entirely on TV for their culture. Is this the message you want to send them? shame on you

  67. ok. i just don’t understand your logic. you see, i can understand you not liking this movie. to me its neither bad, nor great. its just ok. but there are just so many movies that are worse than this one, and you make such a huge deal out of it. any nick cage movie is worse than this. also, nearly every van-damme, mel gibson, arnold swartzanegger, and jim belushi movie. in fact, when you compare those movies to the boondock saints, i would much rather watch the latter. at least it has a few redeeming qualities (like bad jokes and cheesy shootouts), and you don’t have to look at some overpaid, larger than life actor filling up the screen.

    i am just asking for you to think a little more outside the box. i think you could come up with a better list of worse movies than this…

    oh, and what about evolution?

  68. evan  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2008 -9

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    • Shaz  |   Posted on Sep 9th, 2009 0

      However huge this movie’s fan following becomes it will still remain a piece of shit. To be enjoyed only if you want to laugh at it.
      The fact that the old guy is their father (big fucking deal!!!) makes this even more retarted. And HE STARTED THE WHOLE THING? (Whatever).
      A group liking a film is never a guarantee that it is good – after all Transformers 2 is a huge hit.

  70. sam  |   Posted on Dec 24th, 2008 -4

    the documentary was about troy duffy and how big of a prick he was. boondock saints just happened to be the movie he wrote and was having a canary over. while the movie isn’t great, by no means is it the worst movie ever made. there are countless others that are far worse.

  71. yeah, me and my friends felt you were crazy for adding this movie but after thinking about it I understand your feelings. I personally like this movie but i understand…

  72. badmovieswithevenworsefans  |   Posted on Dec 30th, 2008 +4

    Man, some of the comments here are priceless! I knew the fans would be out in full force. Thanks for not letting me down and keep (never) reaching for the stars!

  73. Brad  |   Posted on Dec 30th, 2008 -2

    i think this review is totally unfair seeing as it was obviously written about the theatrical cut of the movie which SUCKS ASS
    alot of cuts were made to acquire an R rating and theatrical release
    since then a DVD of the original Director’s Cut of the movie has been released and is one of my favorite films
    the difference is like watching The Professional vs. Leon: The Professional
    The Professional (the American theatrical release version of Luc Besson’s brilliant movie Leon) sucked and made no sense because of parts of the storyline that were cut out to acquire an R rating
    and Leon: The Professional (the international cut of the same film which runs about 25 minutes longer than the American cut) is AMAZING.
    its the same way for Boondock Saints
    the theatrical cut is SO BAD and has SO many plot holes
    but the Director’s Cut fills almost every plot hole and runs about 15 minutes longer
    i highly recommend seeing the Director’s Cut if all you have seen is the theatrical
    if you don’t like it still then it’s just not for you, but it really is a great film

  74. Alan   |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2008 -2

    Your write-up on the summary of the movie could not be more simple and childish. For anyone who has actually seen the movie, the short (and overly concise) summary does not capture the spirit of the film. Anything can be depicted as “retarded” if you use (gasp!) retarded language: “Meanwhile, Willem Dafoe is a gay FBI agent who is chasing them, but then eventually he gets drunk and decides that he likes what they are doing.” If I had described, let’s say, The Godfather with rhetoric that contained as much ennui as your “summary” did (I only took a portion of your summary, but if you want me to point out other areas of similar language, I’d be glad to do so), of course the movie would sound completely ridiculous and “unrealistic.” But nonetheless, here is my Gabe-stylized version of a particular scene in The Godfather:

    “Fredo gets into a car with his dad, drives him to some grocery store in the middle of the street, where he gets shot in the back a couple times and falls down.”

    Now, this is arguably one of the most famous scenes in The Godfather. But to those who haven’t seen it…well, who would honestly want to after reading something like that? My point is that your review is based mostly on prejudice – you don’t tell us WHY the movie is bad save for a few mocking comments about the film’s absurdly lofty theme of vigilantism (I THINK that may actually exist in the real world, no?). And in case you haven’t noticed, it’s a movie and I’m pretty sure there aren’t any de facto standards that exclude highly fictionalized narratives from the realm of “good movies”.

    As for your argument about stereotypes, what is wrong with Willem Dafoe’s perfomance? Are you confident enough to claim that there have been, are, or will be absolutely no individuals in the homosexual community to act like this?
    Again, I’m not necessarily saying that this movie is a good one (although I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought that Dafoe’s performance was nothing short of hilarious). Just please please please don’t use your bias against the film as the main source of criticism. If you didn’t like, tough. Just don’t use that as a reason to claim that the movie is terrible.

  75. dan  |   Posted on Jan 1st, 2009 -6

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  76. I literally just finished watching Boondock Saints because Netflix is on my XBOX now and I was all like, “What the fuck?” Two things: 1. That crazy bartender in the beginning is Doc from Fraggle Rock you guys! and 2. I can’t believe that there are so many people who are so riled up about anyone talking shit about this movie. It was OK. Whatever. Would I argue passionately either way about it? No. I fact, I just got bored writing that.

    What I think is more important to talk about, however, is how riled up all kinds of people get when I talk about what a huge pile of the rankest shit the movie Sideways is. I humbly submit it for your consideration in the Hunt.

  77. deeg  |   Posted on Jan 5th, 2009 0

    Why has no one ever commented on the fact that this movie includes the fine (clothed) acting of Ron Jeremy? Awesome. lol

  78. Jennie  |   Posted on Jan 10th, 2009 -1

    The first post on this thing that person is a retard – a movie isn’t merited by its picture quality – there are some excellent old movies, shitting film quality. this movie kicks ass; its raw and real and has ideas that we all think about and feel when it comes to crazy crime stuff!! For this genre of movie this one is the fucking best!!

  79. Jennie  |   Posted on Jan 10th, 2009 -1

    The first post on this thing that person is a retard – a movie isn’t merited by its picture quality – there are some excellent old movies, shitting film quality. this movie kicks ass; its raw and real and has ideas that we all think about and feel when it comes to crazy crime stuff!! For this genre of movie this one is the fucking best!!

  80. YeahYou  |   Posted on Jan 13th, 2009 -1

    wow…you must like this movie alot to write an entire artical on it. Get over it. It’s really not that bad. Cant wait for the sequel! haha

  81. FuckYou  |   Posted on Jan 15th, 2009 -2

    Obviously you have no reason to be faking a critic, because your writing is underdeveloped and very amateur… all i can say is get a life fuckface and go suck your boyfriend’s small hairy dick. The movie is a better movie than most people could make on such a low budget and has both comedy and a deeper meaning to things. What makes up the cult of fans is not based on the quality like the stupid fuckers who watch The Dark Knight but the ideal of two men who fought for God.

  82. Max Thrax  |   Posted on Jan 24th, 2009 +1

    This is hands down one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, and definitely one of the worst Pulp Fiction wannabe knock offs that were coming out at that time. Pretty much anyone could have written this script, and that was the thought that kept going through my head while watching it.

  83. bob  |   Posted on Jan 25th, 2009 -5

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  84. marcus  |   Posted on Jan 27th, 2009 -1

    look i get that this movie was made cheap and looks bad but it was a good movie. ok i get that this movie is not for everyone but it has a unique plot and great acting by everyone but willem dafoe.

  85. Verra  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2009 -1

    Are you kidding me? This is a great movie! Also if you didn’t pay attention to the movie they were saying their family prayer and when the “senior citizen” heard the prayer he joined in. Not sure if you understand that that means they are family. Wow good catch there. Also they are never reffered to as cousins just fyi.

  86. Hamster Huey  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 +2

    I still can’t figure out why so many people claim that this movie is so great. Better than Snatch? Ronin? The Departed? Really? C’mon now.

    It’s a poorly executed movie version of what was already a bad idea. So, even if this movie had been directed, acted, and produced flawlessly, (which it most certainly was not), it would still suck ass.

    I have a theory though…I asked myself, “Self, what is so different about this movie that it could make an entire group think that it’s the best thing ever?” Here’s an idea: church-sanctioned (and police-sanctioned) vigilanteism. Basically, “do what you want, it ain’t a sin!” I think frustrated catholics just might be making up the fan base for this one, and if that’s the case, you have my condolences.

  87. Pariahrebel  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2009 -2

    Boondock saints made my top ten best movies of all time. Thanks! I’m not religious, I’m not for vigilantism (or whatever it’s called) and I’m certainly not going to let myself be dictated by anyone on what movies to like or not.

  88. Prospero  |   Posted on Feb 22nd, 2009 -2

    Meh, I liked it okay, and I think I have pretty good taste in movies.
    (My top 100 list is here: http://www.movieforums.com/community/showthread.php?t=15953 )

  89. It’s funny how 1/2 of the drunken Troy Duffy lickspittles are like, “It’s too deep for you! You can’t comprehend its startlingly rich subtext and complex, evocative mise en scene!”

    The other half are saying, “OMG ur a bunch of fags! You probly only like gay movies where everything makes sense n stuff! fuck U!”

    I mean, pick a side.

  90. 12:51  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2009 +3

    Hahahaha I actually dug this film but the avalanche of indignant butthurt here is hilarious.

  91. murraystar  |   Posted on Mar 5th, 2009 -1

    Please do the Leonardo Dicaprio/Baz Luhrmann version of Romeo + Juliet!

  92. murraystar  |   Posted on Mar 5th, 2009 -1

    Please do the Baz Luhrmann/Leonardo Dicaprio version of Romeo + Juliet or the Billy Bob Thornton version of Bad News Bears!

  93. and  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2009 -1

    I really liked this movie and everyone i know who has watched it liked it. I didn’t have problem with the plot, but that’s just me.

  94. DJPoopPants  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2009 -2

    They blog about movies all day because people like yourself read them and they can make money.

  95. The worst fucking movie ever fucking made. You were too generous.

  96. Robin  |   Posted on Jul 8th, 2009 -4

    Yea um…you should find a new job. You shouldn’t be allowed to critique a movie if you obviously misunderstood huge chunks of it (or just didn’t watch it. which i hope is the case because if you did and misunderstood it this badly you should spend more time in your special classes than watching movies you can’t even comprehend). This review seems like it was written by someone who has smoked themselves retarded and thinks writing reviews somehow makes him an intellectual, but in reality all it does is make you look like a dense moron. If you don’t even understand that “the guys” are twin brothers, that the irish man who “hears them praying in a basement and decides instead that he wants to join the Boondock Saints in their quest for vigilante justice” is their father, or that dafoe’s character is how plenty of gay guys who don’t behave like women act… not to mention if you seriously believe that strip clubs don’t have business during the day (which i’m not even sure happens during the day in the movie i’m pretty sure you just got that picture off the internet) you have some serious brain functioning problems. I really hope no one pays you to write this bullshit, because they are being ripped off since you are either retarded or just flat out didn’t even watch the movie. I was embarrassed for you while reading this.

  97. Audrey  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2009 +2

    The first time I saw this movie, I didn’t realize Willem Dafoe’s character was gay until the scene where he was cuddling naked with a man. Up until now, I thought his character was secretly gay, and just acted like a creepy sarcastic eccentric old dude for reasons unrelated to his sexuality. It appears that neither Troy Duffy nor WIllem Dafoe have ever actually met a gay man.

    Also, I had no idea that this movie was widely recognized as terrible, because I’m 22, and everyone else my age has been madly in love with this movie since high school (as illustrated by most of the above comments). It’s so widely beloved that I wouldn’t even characterize it as a cult following. It’s just popular.

  98. Audrey  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2009 0

    The first time I saw this movie, I didn’t realize Willem Dafoe’s character was gay until the scene where he was cuddling naked with a man. Up until now, I thought his character was secretly gay, and just acted like a creepy sarcastic eccentric old dude for reasons unrelated to his sexuality. It appears that neither Troy Duffy nor WIllem Dafoe have ever actually met a gay man.

    Also, I had no idea that this movie was widely recognized as terrible, because I’m 22, and everyone else my age has been madly in love with this movie since high school (as illustrated by most of the above comments). It’s so widely beloved that I wouldn’t even characterize it as a cult following. It’s just popular.

  99. Ash  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2009 -1

    Wow….. this is kinda funny. Personally, I like the Boondock Saints. But hey to each their own. Anyway, I love how you guys take the advice of critiques. Haha. Have you ever noticed that just about every movie that has ever come out they say gets two thumbs up. Why? To boost profits for the movie duh. Thats why we shouldn’t listen to critiques. Silly Silly people.

  100. Batman  |   Posted on Aug 13th, 2009 -8

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