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Open Thread: What Movies Look Crappy But Are Actually Must-Watch-Amazing?

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You may have noticed that we’ve been trying out open threads on Crushable lately, and there are a few reasons for that. First of all, it helps us get a feel for who’s out there reading our site and what they’re thinking and feeling. All that good stuff. But a lot of the other reasons are totally selfish, because we get to pick your brains for information that directly benefit our own lives.

For example, I started watching Sherlock because so many commenters couldn’t believe that I hadn’t already, and look at me now! I’m obsessed, but I never would have made the decision to watch that show just on my own. You see, we’re up to our eyeballs in pop culture over here, so there are bound to be things that slip through the cracks once in a while. For example, there are so many movies to see that if a trailer rubs me the wrong way, I probably won’t go see the movie itself. Or if I’m not immediately hooked by the description of a show, I’ll probably write it off.

…unless somebody tells me not to. Which is where you guys come in! I can be a little judge-y about things I’m not super impressed by right off the bat, so now’s your opportunity to tell me (and everyone) the error of our ways. (God knows nobody wants to spend two and a half hours finding out for themselves.) What crappy-looking movies out there are we wrong about, that should actually be in the must-watch category?

For me, it’s the movie Penelope. It stars Christina Ricci with a pig nose, which understandably throws people off, but don’t be fooled! It’s amazing and I’m obsessed with it, not only because it’s where I first fell in love with James McAvoy, although that definitely helps. It’s just a sweet, surprisingly simple, quirky movie with some big names in it, and (bonus!) it’s on Netflix, so I throw it on anytime I’m craving something familiar.

So what’s that movie for you guys? TELL US WHAT WE’RE MISSING.

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  • elle

    I love Penelope so much, thought I would hate it, but I didn’t. For me that movie is In Bruges, unless public opinion has changed on that one. Right after I saw it (by myself, nobody would go with me) I kept telling everyone to see it but they kept telling me it looked so stupid. It isn’t, and it proved what I had been saying ever since Collin Farrell came on my radar-he can act he just chooses terrible movies to be in.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Ooh yeah I was super judgmental about In Bruges just from the trailer. I still have never seen it, so that’s a good recommendation!

  • Jill O’Rourke

    Be Kind Rewind. I heard so many people make fun of it when it came out, but I loved it. It’s so sweet and charming. I’m such a Michel Gondry fan because he has such a homemade style. So it’s appropriate that he made a whole movie ABOUT making homemade movies.

    I also loved Penelope and had no idea it was on Netflix! Now I’m so excited to revisit it.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Oh I haven’t seen Be Kind Rewind! I wanna watch it!

  • Abby k.

    Simply Ballroom and Evolution. The first has a great soundtrack and fantastic characters, and Evolution is just ridiculously funny!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Nice, I’ll check it out!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Nice, I’ll check it out!

    • Madison

      Curious, did you mean Strictly Ballroom? If so, YES! Such a wonderful under-the-radar Baz Luhrmann film!

  • Jenni

    About Time! It was one of my most favoritest movies this year. And I went into it completely prepared to hate it and call it a sequel to The Time Traveler’s Wife

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Wait…the Rachel McAdams time-traveling movie? This goes against everything I’ve ever learned.

    • Jenni

      UM YES.

    • Jenni

      UM YES.

    • rae

      TOTALLY AGREE. so good!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Wait…the Rachel McAdams time-traveling movie? This goes against everything I’ve ever learned.

    • elle

      Now I feel like I have to redbox it….and if I hate it you are getting a scathing personal email ;) but seriously I’m gonna redbox it now.

    • Jenni

      OMG I can’t wait for you to watch it. It’s just an incredibly sweet (but not sappy) movie.

  • Jenni

    About Time! It was one of my most favoritest movies this year. And I went into it completely prepared to hate it and call it a sequel to The Time Traveler’s Wife

  • lizinthelibrary

    Young Adult. Somehow I had written this off as a stupid comedy, but netflix kept recommending it on my streaming selections. So I watched it eventually. It’s dark and depressing and the main two characters are basically awful people and I love it. Because it is trying to be cynical and depressing and realistic.

    • Jenni

      My problem with this movie is that I went into it thinking that it would be a comedy and it wasn’t at all. I need to rewatch it with that in mind.

  • Not a parent. MockMyInsights.

    First i love Penelope! ! Just watched it. Love and other disasters. I have no idea why I love it—it should be mind numbingly awful. But I love it more every time I watch it. It really highlights how charming Brittany Murphy was. I’m also an incurable romantic.

  • Reese

    The movie TiMer on netflix is soo good. Much better than I expected and John Patrick Amedori is just really sweet.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I saw that and loved it!

  • Christina Kwan

    Stardust! It’s got a Princess Bride feel and is just so funny and sweet. I love it!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Ooooh!

  • Sara

    Brazil. Netflix recommended it to me like crazy for the longest time, so I broke down and watched it. I hadn’t realized it was by Terry Gilliam, and it just looked like some crappy 80s movie about South America. It ended up being a really creative futuristic satire about bureaucracy. It’s beautifully shot, too. Never would have guessed!

    • MCR

      I second that. It’s brilliant.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I’m so intrigued! I haven’t even heard of it.

  • CaitlinCorsetti

    I freaking love Georgia Rule. It’s a lot better than people give it credit for. Also Drinking Buddies was surprisingly great.

  • Julia Sonenshein

    It’s Complicated!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Oooh, why praytell?

    • Julia Sonenshein

      The team of Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, and Meryl Streep is unbeatable. Everyone is beautiful and despite the family dysfunction they love each other and communicate well. There’s just the right number of Krasinski hijinks. Meryl owns a bakery that only exists in my dream future. I also like literally any movie that features this song:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQlImg2bm28

  • Meg Malone

    I am going to suggest The Runaways, but in fairness, I don’t remember a whole lot about the movie besides really liking their covers of the Runaways’ songs and also Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett which confirmed my belief that she doesn’t get enough acting credit. I checked on Rotten Tomatoes and this movie has barely fresh rating so I feel like this kind of fits the bill – not so bad it’s embarrassing, but not really beloved.

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  • sporkintheroad

    Warm Bodies. The premise left me indifferent for a looong time. I finally watched it, and LOVED it. Seriously? A zombie rom-com? PERFECTION!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I’d actually heard that, and it goes against all my instincts! Nicholas Hoult seems like a winner.

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