Hey everybody, if you heard the latest ACOCO, Carlyle and Korey vehemently defended 2009 to be a fantastic year in film. With fantastic genres films, creative new ideas and screenplays, and even huge technological advances that shows that every movie has the potential to bring something amazing. While many people are talking about the best films of the year, and even the decade, I will focus on many of the very odd, head-scratching moments of this year.
This is not a "Worst Of" list, this is just a list of movies that were accepted by the public, that earned more money than the much more critically praised and wonderful films that people skipped. Don't expect the standard fare and rants over movies like Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
and The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Everyone knows why they made their money and the list of problems they have.
Film #1: Knowing
What Did It Overshadow?: I Love You, Man and Duplicity
Before 2012, Knowing
was the gigantic disaster film of the year. (No pun there...kind of) This Nicky Cage film was all about insanely violent, but cool looking special affects. But sadly with special effects, a very convoluted plot is sure to follow. Knowing is the tale of the end of the world because Nicholas Cage finds a piece of paper that contains the dates of every major disaster in history. It builds up to the very, very end of the world
I believe Cyrus said the best two things about this movie. 1. It should be called "WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU CALEB?!" as Cage is constantly staring into space or shouting at the boy. And 2. This movie is one big "Have you read the bible yet?" story. With tons of references to stories from the bible and the Apocalypse happening, tons of great special effects are ruined by a need to be "Deep" and "To Send A Message"
Budget: 50 Million Dollars
Gross Revenue: 183 Million Dollars
Film #2: He's Just Not That Into You
What Did It Overshadow?: Coraline, Friday The 13th, Fired Up!
This movie's poster perfectly represents the movie. Filled with talented stars, but completely scatterbrained.
He's Just Not That Into You
was one of those movies that continually made money from week to week with no end in stop. It never really peaked, but it just kept making money because there was a severe lack of rom-coms. (Yes, in Feburary) And while the film isn't bad, it was very erratic with it's message, pacing, and general idea. It could of been many movies instead of one. And by looking at the numbers, if this was split up...it could of earned A LOT more money.
Budget: 25 Million
Gross Revenue: 172 Million
Film #3: The Ugly Truth
What Did It Overshadow?: Funny People
Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl star in a very predictable, VERY SEXIST romantic comedy in a time of big budget films that people will watch. I'm not going to really blame people for watching, because the advertising for this was very mysterious. No real information was given on this movie and it didn't come from book or TV series or anything. (Even though with a name like this, you would think so) And there was a very clear reason to why it was done.
The Ugly Truth
was a very boring, very poorly written romantic comedy that follows many of the tropes and just says uncomfortable lines to be uncomfortable. The characters themselves are very unlikeable as Gerard Butler's character is sexist because he's alone and Katherine Heigl's character is selfish and mean, but she doesn't seem to understand it. And their motivations and eventual love are incredibly random and head-scratching. I watched this on a DVD, and the title scenes showed every single step of this movie from when the two meet, to conflict, to when they get along, to when they fall in love. What a waste.
Budget: 38 Million Dollars
Gross Revenue: 196 Million Dollars
Film #4: Old Dogs
What Did It Overshadow?: The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Children's films have been a two-way street this year. No doubt, we've had some SUPERB movies this whole year and a few surprising hits as well. But while we have had incredible films, are movies for all ages have been across the board in terms of quality.
I mention Old Dogs, (and Planet 51 to an extent) because both of them had a great hand in distracting the public from Fantastic Mr. Fox. Family Comedy? We'll see Old Dogs. Animated Movies? Let's see Planet 51, that's easier on the eyes. We know for a fact that both of these movies are just lazy and unoriginal with their delivery. Planet 51, I think we can see why it made money thanks to it's advertising and the fact that no one knew what to expect. But Old Dogs? People ate that up like McDonalds. If you didn't like Wild Hogs, you clearly won't like Old Dogs. A trailer should give people an idea about what to expect with this kind of movie, but people will go ahead and see the movie anyway.
Budget for Old Dogs: 32 Million
Gross Revenue: 40 Million.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is 20 Million from breaking even, sadly.
Film #5: Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel
What Did It Overshadow?: The Princess and The Frog
I know this one is up in the air, but think about the recently broken Christmas Record. Alvin and the Chipmunks 2
played a huge part in that to appeal to the children. But wait...what about that other movie...
This one I find to be kind of sad because while The Princess and The Frog
IS making money, it's not making the money it deserves. It's a critically acclaimed movie and it's a return to their much loved 2-D animation. Great musical numbers, great characters, and it's great all around. While I'm going to get maybe a few negative looks for saying this, but I think it's on par with Beauty and the Beast. I bet Disney will make their money bringing another princess into the Disney Princess line up, but come on.
Alvin and the Chipmunks 2
has the Chipettes as their new appeal and that's about it. The chipmunks go to school! They have to deal with random mean bullies! They sing pop songs! They meet their crushes! This is cookie-cutter writing material that is used in tons of children's programming, but to make a movie about this is just unremarkable. Especially since the shows were about family values, being a rock star, or having supernatural events like the times they met with famous monsters. It's just annoying how these movies not only underutilized the premise, but they are lazy with what ideas they come up with. And why do they even want to pay actors to do the voices of these Chipmunks, if you can't tell the difference between them in the first place? Name draw is really weird.
(No Budget Has Been Listed)
Current Gross Revenue: 124 Million
Now, there are some films here I didn't list, but that's because they had no competition in terms of big releases or films under the same genre. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
for example made tons of money, but didn't really have any competition due to it's large amount of advertising and it was released in January, where nothing else was competing against it.
While I don't hate on people for spending money on these movies, I believe that it is very important to give credit where credit is due to the movies that came out that week. If you came out of a movie thinking that it was bad or gave you weird feelings, don't feel ashamed in going to RottenTomatoes, IMDB, or Spill.com for reviews. If you have disposable income, maybe you should give those other movies you didn't see a chance. You could find something you truly enjoy.