Movies I Love With No Redeeming Value

July 11, 2006

This is a weird list category, but it’s my blog. For a movie to make it into this category in my mind, it must meet these criteria:

1. I must love it and would watch it over and over.
2. At no real level of measurement can it have value to a wide range of moviegoers
3. It was not treated with respect by movie critics by and large

So, with that in mind, here are my favorite movies that have no redeeming value.

In no particular order:

1. Ishtar: The classic story of singer/songwriters who can’t: a) sing, b) write even mediocre songs or c) tie their shoes. It is unbelievable to me that Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty would have agreed to this flop at such a high point in their respective careers. The movie was so poorly viewed that they didn’t make enough money to pay the salary of even one of their two stars. But I loved it and laugh incredibly every time I watch it. I just don’t know why.

2. Kill Bill Classic Quentin Tarentino. This is just a compilation of all his favorite “B” horror and martial arts movie favorite scenes in one movie. Add to the mix an all-star cast and more fake blood than has ever been shown in a movie and you have this absolutely unredeemable great movie.

3. Anchorman: Legend of Ron Burgundy. I refuse to use the word “classic” again. Generally the work of the SNL cast members from about 1990 onward leaves me cold. I don’t know why this one strikes me as hilarious. Maybe it is the fight scene between all the different news broadcast crews and one guy has a grenade (“Link, where’d you get the grenade?”) that does it for me. I don’t know.

4. Waiting For Guffman: The only one of the “mockumentaries” I will watch more than once. There has never been any scene in a movie funnier than when Chris Guest is practicing his Cockney accent and says, ” ‘ow are ‘ou? ‘ow do I get out of this ‘ell ‘ole?”

5. Saturday Night Bath in Apple Valley (for those going on Netflix or IMDB, it is also called “Saturday Night in Apple Valley”): One of the great “spaghetti” westerns of the 1960s starring Phil Ford as a developer who wants to buy up all the land in Apple Valley and make it into a casino destination resort. I watched this movie when I was ten and can still remember the “endless stairway” scene that cracked me up.

6. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Every comedian known to the world in 1970 was in this movie and many of them didn’t have a mention on the credits (that’s how many were in it).

7. The Spanish Prisoner: One of the only movies that Steve Martin ever starred in which he doesn’t do a single gag or joke. Unbelievably hard plot to follow, and the stupidest premise for dialogue: Off camera, there is a metronome clicking (you can’t hear it in the movie). All the actors had to say their lines in unison with the metronome.

8. Earth Girls are Easy: If for no other reason, this film shows Jim Carrey before his stardom as a dorky alien named Wiploc (that is Colpiw spelled backwards btw…) and for this reason alone and for all the other reasons I can’t think of, I like this movie.

9. The Truth about Cats and Dogs: Because even though I won’t explain it, I like: a) Jeanine Garofalo; b) Uma Thurman; c) Big dogs in movies. For those reasons and actually a great plot marred by lousy writing, I like this movie.A.lot.



  1. How about Tommy Boy? Who can resist the line “Did you eat paint chips as a child?” “Yeah….why?”

  2. I just thought of another one that I love with no redeeming value: UHF with Weird Al Yankovick. “Badgers…we don’t need no stinkin’ badgers”.

  3. Hey, I love “The Truth About Cats and Dogs,” but then it speaks to me on a deep down level (beauty inside, yada, yada, yada) and always has.

    You sure Kill Bill fits this list? I thought it got a broader audience than that. Loved both of those, though.

  4. I agree with Alli about Kill Bill. I think a lot of reviewers put it top of their lists. Sorry Mike, it may not be as forgettable as you think.

  5. All right, I repent…Kill Bill was revered by some critics and widely enjoyed. I have been found out…I actually liked a movie that other people enjoy. Alli, the Truth About Cats and Dogs totally convinces me that Uma Thurman would make a great Drug Company rep.

  6. Alli, the Truth About Cats and Dogs totally convinces me that Uma Thurman would make a great Drug Company rep.

    OMG…I am laughing so hard, I just might wake up Maya. Ah, stop it, already!

    But yeah, that was *exactly* the type.

  7. What, no Python movies?? They aren’t fit for any civilized person, and that’s why we love them all!!

  8. Anon: I loved “Holy Grail”…but then again, who didn’t? The killer bunny is perhaps the greatest mindless killer in the history of cinema, except for our Governator. However, that was the only Python I liked, and it was too well reviewed for this list. It sort of fits the Kill Bill category

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