Pain is relative, duh. On the scale of human suffering, my Sunday nights are ICE CREAM SOCIALS. That doesn’t mean that I don’t actually cry out in pain during some of these movies. I do. But I recognize that there’s a difference between watching these movies and, say, watching these movies with the Janjaweed. The same thing could be said for the movies themselves. Orlando Bloom sure does a lot of bitching and moaning in Elizabethtown for someone who has a loving family and seems to easily make friends with everyone he meets. I’m not saying that every movie needs to explore the horrors of Darfur, but as a person who primarily lives his selfish life in a bubble of self-involvement floating on a breeze of instant gratification, I recognize that maybe that bubble needs to be popped every once in awhile, and find myself exhausted and annoyed by having to spend an hour and a half in someone else’s. Which brings us to Dan in Real Life, a bubble in desperate need of so much popping.


Dan Burns (Steve Carell) is a popular parenting advice columnist raising his three daughters on his own. As the movie begins, he loads the girls into his old Mercedes station wagon and drives them to his parents’ house because “this is the only time we get to spend all together as a family.” There is no indication on WHY this is the only time they get to spend all as a family, because it’s not Christmas or Thanksgiving or any other discernible holiday. Whatever. What a kooky family! On his first morning at the house, Dan goes out to get the morning papers for what is the first in a series of unbearable Burns family traditions. At the local bookstore, he meets Juliette Binoche and flirts with her, and they end up having a clichéd long talk about everything under the sun (see: Elizabethtown). But just when the sad widower thinks he may have found someone he’s interested in, it turns out that Juliette Binoche is actually Dan’s brother Mitch’s (Dane Cook) girlfriend. Oh no! Since they’re both in their 40s, they understand and respect the adult nature of human relationships and choose to be respectful of each others boundaries. The end. JUST KIDDING. They act like weird petulant teenagers, family chaos ensues, Dane Cook is so mad but also a womanizer, so in the end everything is OK and Steve Carell gets to have sex and marriage with Juliette Binoche. Perfect.

If you can make it through this whole clip you win a prize!

The prize is not having to watch the rest of the movie.

It is a TESTAMENT to how GOOD Steve Carell is that he comes away from this movie unscathed. Because it would be an unmitigated disaster for almost anyone else. He’s so charming and likable that you are able to chalk it up to a misguided FAIL, which would not be said if the role of Dan Burns was played by, say, Colin Farrell, or Jude Law. Similarly, it is a TESTAMENT to how BAD the movie is that Dane Cook is the least of its problems. Oh, he is awful, with his smirks and the way that he spastically overacts things like enjoying pancakes. But he is like a drop of poop in an ocean of poop.

The entire movie is predicated on two premises:

  1. That Juliette Binoche’s character is the ideal woman.
  2. That the Burns family is the ideal family.

The problem with these two premises is this:

  1. No, she’s not.
  2. No, they’re not.

As someone who comes from a relatively large extended family that likes to spend time together, I’m not alien to the idea of people loving each other or whatever, BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS. As mentioned in the synopsis earlier, the first morning in the house, Dan is sent on an errand for the morning papers. Plural. Two of the same paper. The reason being that the men and the women in the household split into two teams and compete to see who can complete the puzzle first. This is but the first in an endless string of insufferable family activities that everyone partakes in without hesitation. What are they trying to do? Be in all the yearbook photos?

Take it easy, Max Fischer.

For a movie about the complexity of the human heart, all of the emotions are too easily unearned. Dan is sad and complicated because his wife died and even if we don’t bother exploring that, we know that it’s a sad and complicated thing, the end. Juliette Binoche is the ideal woman because she shops in bookstores and has a French accent, even if she met her current boyfriend at the gym and has the moral lassitude to fool around with his brother at their first meeting, in front of his entire family. And, of course, the rest of the Burns Family are loving and close knit and make a big deal about it because how else could you explain their seeming tolerance of each other despite all evidence to their total intolerableness.

To be fair, this movie did have one funny moment. That’s not a lot, even for a dramedy, and I am pretty sure Steve Carell adlibbed himself, but credit where credit is due. It comes at the end of this otherwise typically unbearable Burns Family dinner in which isn’t everyone so charming and warm and the worst?

Most of this clip is again indicative of the lazy characterizations of this movie. Dane Cook told Juliette Binoche that he thought he’d died because there was an angel in the room? That wouldn’t even work on Matador, but everyone thinks it’s so romantic. And to make matters worse, later in the movie when Juliette Binoche is reading Steve Carell’s book it turns out that HE WROTE THAT LINE and DANE COOK STOLE IT. So they’re both lame. But “this corn is like an angel” is funny. Although not quite as funny as this animated GIF of Juliette Binoche having “an important realization” on a treadmill.

Acting!

Next week: Lost in Space. 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 (102)
  1. ab  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 +1

    the worst part of this movie is that john mahoney (the dad from frasier) is so talented, but the movie even sucked the life out of him.

    i was fortunate enough to sleep through most of this, so i only saw about 4/6 family activities.

    who the hell does aerobics in the yard as a family? insufferable is an understatement.

    and why was carell’s older daughter totally comfortable telling juliette binoche, a total stranger, all her problems, while juliette binoche got undressed and in the shower?
    .

  2. Laura  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 0

    I made it through a 1:47 of the first clip, and then I couldn’t take it anymore.

    You are doing a good thing, Gabe. Because of you, I can pronounce decided opinions on movies I have never seen, citing examples of their awfulness. Except for What Dreams May Come, because I saw that shit for a class and it was TERRIBLE .

  3. Business meetings?! Hahahaha!!

  4. Elena  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 0

    The Chumbscrubber. I guess it’s supposed to be an indie movie that reveals the TWISTED TRUTHS of suburbia, but it is mostly just a horrible movie that is totally confusing and absurd.

    • glass_family  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 -1

      I’m going to second Chumscrubber. It’s terrible, and is built around this weird premise that everyone watches this incredibly shitty cartoon that looks like the davinci virus in Hackers. If you lose the connective tissue of the cartoon, you still get a terrible movie, but it might be a small bit more bearable. A really bad cartoon-within-a-movie is a really bad idea to build a screenplay, though, and Chumscrubber pays the price dearly for it. Oh, and it has Justin Chatwin, who sucks on fucking toast.

    • tautou  |   Posted on Nov 18th, 2008 -1

      Yeah, The Chumscrubber is pretty terrible.
      If you’re going to do a movie with Justin Chatwin though you might as well go for The Invisible. Piece. Of. Shit.

  5. Sebastian Paper  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 +8

    My father-in-law thinks this movie is the best. My real father loves Elizabethtown. Why? WHY?!

    I love that Steve Carell, after the corn line, looks directly in the camera. As if, for a brief moment, he forgot he wasn’t on The Office.

  6. Sam  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 +1

    I think the worst part of the movie, for me at least, is the fact that there’s a wedding scene at the end. I was fine with him following her to the gym, but then someone said, “No, we can’t leave the audience HANGING like that. We must let them know that it will work out.”

    I am not that stupid, sir. The movie had a resolution before the wedding scene. But thanks.

  7. So, what happened with pig face?

    • She turned out to be the hot British girl on a cheese diet from The Devil Wears Prada, and at the end of the movie she and Dane Cook rode off sexily in her red convertible.

  8. jb  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 +3

    I kind of liked this movie…

  9. bumscum  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 +1

    Once again, PLEASE do Beautiful Girls.
    It’s so damn perfect for this hunt, if you need my reasons again I will post them, but only if asked.

  10. TS  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 +4

    Yup, Carell is pretty good in this, too bad the movie fails him.

    That said, this isn’t the worst “wacky” family dramedy. That honor goes to the absolutely torturous THE FAMILY STONE. Now that movie is a candidate for worst movie of all time.

  11. Peter  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 0

    I’m really sad that you didn’t address the awfulness that was the original pancake.

    Steve Carrell is a little tuckered out so he decides to take a nappy poo on a stack of pancakes.

    Do they explain this in the movie? Is it supposed to have some resonance with the moviegoer?

  12. ber  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 0

    i have a movie suggestion: sweet november, horrible, horrible movie…

    • I second Sweet November. I was forced to watch it on a bus ride from ny to dc. It was so awful. Here’s the plot synopsis:

      “Nelson Moss (Keanu Reeves) is a typical businessman who devotes his life to his career. He meets Sara (Charlize Theron), a woman very different from anyone else he has ever met. His arrogance and ignorance leads to her failing her DMV test and she decides to track him down to make him pay for what he did. She beguiles him and convinces him to spend a month with her on the promise that she will change his life.”

      This has WMOAT written all over it.

  13. Dan in Real Life DOES suck… these people are too cheery.

    and I stand by my suggestion of THE MARINE as the Worst Movie of All Time.

  14. What about The Last Kiss? I give that movie so many thumbs down, I’m borrowing from the people around me.

    • Robert   |   Posted on Nov 18th, 2008 +1

      I concur completely! The Last Kiss is the most depressing, worthless movie made for the Garden State crowd. All other chick flicks my girlfriends sat me through seem bareable after watching this movie.

    • The Last Kiss is an insufferable piece of filmaking from the most selfish and annoying person of all time.

    • snowak  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2008 +2

      I’d get behind The Last Kiss (and push it off a cliff.)

  15. Has no one suggested Napoleon Dynomite yet? it is the most insufferable, mean, annoying movie of our time. thankfully its been a few years so i am only sometimes wanting to kill myself when people quote it, but to be honest, i can’t tell you how lived through that year. it is honestly so terrible in every way and not funny. hey lets all laugh at this guy cause he is so stupid he is indie and we are all so indie and blah blah blah. Please, Napoleon Dynomite has to go on the list.

  16. kw  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 +7

    I got one that’s hands down THE WORST:

    Bringing Down the House with Steve Martin & Queen Latifah.

    Queen Latifah’s character is a ghetto, ex-con black stereotype, and Steve Martin’s character treats her like shit before she even has an opportunity to scare him and his family with her plucky blackitude. Ugh. And Eugene Levy at one point wearing cornrows. Plus, everyone’s using slang throughout the movie that the writers obviously took from a health class video from 1995 where the multi-culti kidz break out in rapz about dental hygiene. This movie is all types of wrongness.

    I’ll third The Family Stone. I swear it’s a propaganda film meant to fully encapsulate the stereotype of the SMUG NEW ENGLAND LIBERAL BABY BOOMER ASSCLOWN on screen and make everyone vote against their own self-interests. NOT COOL, Family Stone.

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  18. Liam  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 +1

    I honestly can’t believe I sat through that top clip. Jesus H. Christ.

    Movie: LETS ALL BE PATRONIZING AND TALK ALL OVER EACH OTHER LIKE IN A ROBERT ALTMAN FILM EXCEPT AWFUL AND THE WORST BECAUSE THIS IS HOW PEOPLE REALLY ACT I SWEAR!

    Liam: (stabs self in chest)

    • bree  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2008 +3

      oh GOD, i went and saw a walk to remember in the dollar theater when i was in high school and pretty much died laughing during the epic hospital scene. but i was also probably stoned.

      ultimately i’m still holding out for city of angels.

  19. Heather  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 +2

    Yes the family stone would be an excellent choice. Though I might add ‘A Walk To Remember’ to that list as well.

  20. I know this sounds obvious enough, but has Waterworld yet been addressed? I mean, it seems like a no-brainer, but definitely worth a scathing hate-fest. Let’s get to work on this one, people.

  21. Tippet  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 0

    Jason X! I’m pretty sure the moral of that film is ‘when you manage to finally kill Jason, don’t leave him next to the ‘reanimate-dead-tissue’ machine, STOOPID!!!’

  22. I went into the Family Stone expecting a light hearted schmatzly family romp and was totally unprepared for the sadness. I bawled my eyes out.

  23. I really want the prize….but….NO.

  24. Well, after finding out what the prize is, I went ahead and watched it. Thanks a lot, Gabe.

  25. And P.S.

    Fuck you Gabe! I’m not even going to recommend “Eye of the Beholder” starring Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd this time, because I know you’ll never do it!

    See what I did there?

  26. I made it through 4:16 of that clip. Whatever prize you were offering for making it all the way through is not enough. Even if the prize was a pair of the new Bond girl’s knickers, it’s not enough. Dane Cook is the worst.

  27. Steve g  |   Posted on Nov 18th, 2008 +4

    I actually had to see this with a girl i was dating at the time, needless to say i killed her and we’re no longer together

  28. Father of the Bride.
    part one AND two

  29. This column is my moral/cultural compass.

    You should also consider Firewall (Harrison Ford) for TWMOAT.

  30. ab  |   Posted on Nov 18th, 2008 0

    FAILURE TO LAUNCH

    Terrible, terrible movie.

  31. yr momz  |   Posted on Nov 18th, 2008 +1

    i like this movie, ’cause dane cook confirms he’s the largest douchebag, ever.

  32. “Friends and Lovers”… a dramedy with Robert Downey Jr. as a ski instructor named Hans, Stephen Baldwin, Claudia Schiffer…amazing in its awfulness

  33. natemc  |   Posted on Nov 18th, 2008 0

    “Changeling.”
    This movie is terrible. The conflicts are black and white, Angelina Jolie is over the top, Clint Eastwood proves he’s NOT the directing genius we thought he was, and the movie refuses to end when it should.
    Once this is on dvd, get ready for the inevitable youtube montage of the worst lines in this movie, including but not limited to every time Angelina Jolie says “I JUST WANT MY SON BACK!”
    I know this isn’t on Netflix, but i figured this is as good a place as any to tell the world what an insufferable piece of shit “Changeling” is.

  34. Pazza  |   Posted on Nov 18th, 2008 0

    Agreed on The Family Stone. but also, DREAMCATCHER. oh, and DREAMCATCHER for the love of god this movie is so bad please.

  35. Seventhed. The worst in brother-swap-girlfriend-themed movies. Wasn’t that movie billed as a comedy? It was not what I signed up for.

  36. oh man this totally reminded me of a worthy nomination:

    Evan Almighty.

  37. matt  |   Posted on Nov 18th, 2008 -2

    i liked this and family stone. gabe were your parents divorced?

  38. I find it interesting that you didn’t even need to mention the moving, amazing, acoustic version of “Let My Love Open The Door” where Steve Carell stares agonizingly into Juliette Binoche’s eyes in an incredibly uncomfortable manner. It’s really something special when a movie is truly so bad that we don’t even need to discuss the singalong/emotionally revelatory climax. Excellent work.

  39. momosapien  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2008 0

    I just discovered this feature (late to the party as always). PLEASE cover Sweet Home Alabama or Mystic River. Also, its a shame The Telephone is not available on DVD as it truly is one of the worst films of all time, failing on absolutely every level.

  40. Doug  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2008 +2

    I have to nominate “White Man’s Burden” with John Travolta and Harry Belafonte as the worst movie of all time. Like “Crash,” this movie aims to take on the injustices of racial prejudice, but fails in the most hilarious way possible: by reinforcing virtually every racial stereotype you can think of.
    If nothing else, this movie must be nominated for John Travolta’s attempt at adopting a more “urban” accent. Be sure to listen to Travolta in this clip from the 52 second mark on, and enjoy.
    http://www.hollywoodupclose.com/video/movies/White_Mans_Burden/#40697

  41. Jay  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2008 0

    This movie was just boring and kind of lame. It’s not even top 25 worst.

  42. meggieb  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2008 0

    Oh man, I forgot about “White Man’s Burden”, but it’s truly horrendous. Like you said, John Travolta’s accent may be enough to earn him Worst Performance of All Time, at least.

  43. Kate  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2008 +2

    Yeah this movie blows. But let’s be fair here, Sondre Lerche’s score for this movie was more then decent and the only good thing.

  44. Billy Hallmoniter  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2008 -1

    Juliete Binoche should do more of those color movies. And stop doing brown colored movies. Get it, brown like shit. Like, shitty movies. SLAM’D. My work here is done.

  45. I liked it despite Dane Cook. I like the soundtrack. I like the family although Dianne Weist is really ACTING because she’s only a decade older than SC.

    Oh, and Holly from The Office plays Dan’s sister-in-law.

    I lurve The Family Stone. It is my family aside from the deaf brother.

  46. I can’t believe I actually wanted to see this movie; that pigface song almost made me barf, not to mention the obvious gag-factor by the name of Dane Cook (didn’t know he was in this). But still: Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche seemed like a nice team, but maybe that’s because of my prepubescent early nineties wet dreams after watching ‘Damage’ with her and Jeremy Irons on some late night screening.

    Just wrestled my way through ‘Indy 4′, it looks perfect for THFTWMOAT – just an idea.

  47. I totally support naming this movie the worst movie of all time. I actually paid to go see it in the theater with a friend who was really excited about it. (I kinda-liked a song on the soundtrack, but more to the point, I love my friend, so we went.) Later he told me that the only saving grace of the movie was that I made fun of it non-stop. Hooray for me! :)

    So far as really bad movies are concerned, I think you need to watch Junebug. I thought I would pass out from boredom while watching it. We got like, maybe halfway through it (but probably much less, it just felt like forever) and took it out and put something trashy and fun on instead.

  48. Cheesoid  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2008 +1

    PATCH. ADAMS.

  49. Genevieve  |   Posted on Nov 21st, 2008 0

    The only good thing that came out of this movie was some blankets & other misc. props that I got from the prop place that threw them out. Thanks prop place! Otherwise man was this a waste of my time.

  50. Strangely, I found myself kind of liking that “Ruthie Pig Face Draper” song. I mean, didn’t she show them when she showed up and was not only NOT a pig face but actually quite lovely. Otherwise, yeah, suck central.

    I third “Eye of The Beholder” as complete trash. Gabe would have a field day with that one.

    And if you want to get all “Classic ’70s Art Cinema-bad” on this thing, I have to nominate “Women in Love” and “Last Tango in Paris”: Two of the worst pieces of sh*t ever put to film.

  51. hilary tong  |   Posted on Nov 30th, 2008 0

    not that bad. i havnt actually seen this film, so i cant really say but judging by the first clip, im going to assume the film’s terribleness really comes down to steve carrells goodness battling the supreme douchebagness of Dane Cook. and Dane Cook probably wins so this movie is probably shit. but at least theres an effort. every thing is icecream cake relative to the shit hole that is Elizabethtown. oh and i thought of another piece of shit movie you can do this segment on. The Family Stone. that one was pretty appalling. not only was the acting horrible, but the story line is actually unbelievable and disgusting.

  52. cschack  |   Posted on Dec 1st, 2008 0

    I love me some Juliette Binoche, but this was a slog.

  53. d@ve  |   Posted on Dec 12th, 2008 0

    this movie isn’t bad at all. evan almighty was a bad idea

  54. Adrienne  |   Posted on Dec 12th, 2008 0

    Amen to this.

    Get Smart was another doozy for Carell.

    Acting! (I loved that Jon Lovitz skit!)

  55. The soundtrack to Dan in Real Life was pretty good. Sondre Lerche is a pretty talented dude. That made the movie more enjoyable for me.

  56. i see a lot of movies and i thought this movie wasn’t that bad. it wasn’t great but certainly not the worst movie of all time. worst movie i’d say is LICENSE TO WED….wtf was that shit.

  57. Matt  |   Posted on Dec 29th, 2008 0

    This movie was nothing spectacular, but I didn’t find anything inherently horrible about it.

    Twilight, on the other hand…

  58. Wes  |   Posted on Dec 30th, 2008 -2

    I wish there was some way to give you and the staff of Stereogum a “I need LOTS of attention” button, maybe make it a bright color and BIG, so everyone can see it.

  59. I remember when I watched this a while ago and actually not minding it that much (although that dinner scene was still insanely painful, minus SC’s corn line, because, what the hell, who is cliched enough to actually use that BS metaphor?), but oh my God, out of context, those clips were some of the worst things I’ve ever seen, ever. Le blurg.
    As for the worst movie? The third Pirates of the Caribbean movie was so bad, I almost fell asleep in the theater. Taxi was also abysmal, but what can you expect from Jimmy Fallon?

    • Pirates two AND three. They were just full of fake British accents, slapstick humor, and bullshit dream sequences in place of a plot. They felt as though they were being told by a 10-year old on a sugar high. A six-hour sugar high.

      Furthermore, X-Men 3 and Spiderman 3. If you watched The 4400, you’d know that X3 stole their plot, with the “humans versus mutants” and “mutants becoming regular humans” story lines. Spiderman 3 was just horrible all over; there was no need for a third film, besides the fact that we meet Venom. Venom is cool everywhere except in the movie.

  60. nathan  |   Posted on Jan 2nd, 2009 +1

    Dang man. i liked this movie. I don’t think it’s one of the worst movies out there. I’d go as far as to say it’s bad ass. I’d go as far as to say it’s the best movie I’ve ever seen!! hahaha. no but seriously. I liked it.

  61. well!  |   Posted on Jan 2nd, 2009 +1

    I think the soundtrack is fucking brilliant but yeah I just watched it for Sondre. I think that the worst movies need to include

    “Hobgoblins 2″

  62. Oh god. Worst movie that shouldn’t be on account of its cast: Intolerable Cruelty. Leave it at “intolerable.” George Clooney, Catherine Zeta Jones, and directed by the Coen brothers, it shouldn’t have been as bad as it is. There is no plot. At all. All it is is rich people being rich and trying to out-rich each other. Nothing is good about the movie. Nothing.

  63. Alexa  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2009 0

    i nominate the order with heath ledger.

  64. jhidekim  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2009 0

    you sir, have never seen The Stupids. Staring Tom Arnold.

  65. oh my god, i watched the whole clip. Help me. I have no connection with reality anymore

  66. Victoria  |   Posted on Jan 31st, 2009 0

    i could never call this movie the worst movie ever. the soundtrack for this movie is way too awesome for the movie to deserve that title. i admit the movie wasnt that great but the ending was awesome! sondre lerche singing in the backyard… it made sitting through the whole movie worth it.

  67. Shmersh  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2009 0

    I loved this movie. It’s not perfect, but I loved the whole “no one can fall in love in 3 days” premise that Dan ends up disproving. Maybe it’s because I’m older, but I thought the movie worked and was touching. Perhaps the reason this movie made it to the Worst Movie list is because of expectation: if you thought (hoped for) a slap-stick low brow comedy, you WOULD be disappointed because it wasn’t that kind of comedy. I could name scores of other comedies who do belong in the Worst Movie list but did not make it. For that matter, some Oscar nominees have been real stinkers for me (No Country For Old Men) yet they have been critically acclaimed while I gauge them a waste of time. It’s all about perspective.

  68. Jim  |   Posted on Mar 2nd, 2009 0

    I really loved this film. I must admit that I found the parts where the kids are talking about “love” to be quite saccharine/annoying, but for the most part I thought it was funny and well-acted. I’m not saying it’s Citizen Kane, but at the very least I think it needs to be given more credit.

  69. i liked this movie. but thats because i’m a sucker. nobody else did. i recommended this movie to my friend and he ended up watching it with three other guys…..whoops

  70. anonymous  |   Posted on Apr 16th, 2009 0

    well, this is the worst movie i’ve ever seen, that’s for sure.
    and the chumscrubber is terrible, too.

  71. Eric Ebacher  |   Posted on Apr 20th, 2009 -1

    Bree–
    How could you laugh at something like seeing another person in the hospital, regardless of whether it’s in real life or in a movie? I mean, I do agree, “A Walk to Remember” is one of the worst movies ever made; in fact, I don’t know why I got suckered into seeing it, but that still doesn’t give anyone the right to laugh at someone else’s plights. The scene where Jamie faints, falls into her dad’s arms, and has to be rushed to the hospital in the back of an ambulance was probably one of the saddest and sobering moments of the entire film, especially for me, because I know what it’s like to be in and out of the hospital, knowing what it’s like to be gravely ill. Apparently, you have no idea what it’s like to be gravely ill and in the hospital. You need to see this movie again, and maybe you’ll wake up and realize this movie is no joke! I know I did.

  72. Ben   |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    Do Hard Candy. I’ve never seen it but the premise seems somehow too ridiculous to pull off unscathed. Good for at least a few bad moments maybe.

  73. The film did try really hard to portray Steve Carell’s character as a single dad (he is not divorced, because apparently divorce doesn’t fit in the picture of a perfect family, he is a widower. much better), who’s from a loving family, and that although they annoy the piss out of him, in the end, they just care oh so much that he should be grateful. And every American family is like that, right? FALSE. If you are going to make a film about a family, perhaps make it real, make it relatable. If I was Steve Carell’s character, I would not show up to another family reunion for next 5 years.

  74. Just as the end credits rolled on screen for Dan In Real Life I turned my head to say that I thought it was actually an okay film. Before the words left my mouth a cup of sprite was hurled from the back of the theatre which hit me squarely on the back of my head sending soft drink gushing down the back of my shirt. The balance of the universe was restored.

    I’m not sure this will be a popular film for the WMOAT, but I thought Clint Eastwood’s ‘Changeling’ was dire. A more obvious candidate is ‘John Q’. Oh, how I cringed…

  75. this is so bad. Only one thing happens…

  76. todd  |   Posted on Jul 16th, 2009 0

    honestly i really liked this movie, although i am known to give anything a chance. but i actually did like this movie. and most of the movies on this list are crap. but i liked this one.

  77. todd  |   Posted on Jul 16th, 2009 0

    honestly i really liked this movie, although i am known to give anything a chance. but i actually did like this movie. and most of the movies on this list are crap. but i liked this one.

  78. In Treatment season 2 all up in that clip

  79. judy  |   Posted on Jul 23rd, 2009 0

    I found this movie entertaining and heartwarming. Only the world’s most cynical individual and one who doesn’t watch many movies would consider this a “worst of the worst”. So Friday the 13th part 5 is better? I lump all slasher movies as one movie and they all deserve a dumpster award.

  80. judy  |   Posted on Jul 23rd, 2009 0

    I found this movie entertaining and heartwarming. Only the world’s most cynical individual and one who doesn’t watch many movies would consider this a “worst of the worst”. So Friday the 13th part 5 is better? I lump all slasher movies as one movie and they all deserve a dumpster award.

  81. I just don’t understand why this film is labeled as a “Comedy”. Its depressing!

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