Let’s be honest. There aren’t many things we agree on. Today’s cult of individuality almost forbids it. Tell me you like black and I’ll give you fifty reasons why white is better in my not-so-humble opinion. You like progressive rock; I like the classic stuff. The good people over at Charmin (yes, the toilet paper company) even based a marketing campaign on our inability to agree whether the roll should go over or under (over, duh). But I think we can all agree that having toilet paper is more important than quibbling over how it comes off the roll. Agreed.
Anyways, while we can’t agree on many things, film has a few areas of general consensus. We can all agree that the first two Godfathers are awesome; the third is likely the result of Coppola eating two pieces of bad pizza, polishing off a bottle of his private label wine, and deciding that he wanted to ruin a saga. Likewise, I don’t think I’m going out on a limb to say we all enjoy The Shawshank Redemption.
I have spent countless Saturday afternoons listening to Morgan Freeman’s soothing voice tell me about the tragedy and triumph of Andy Dufresne (“I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.”).
There are films like this that I am happy to jump on the bandwagon for, throw my box office dollars at and roll my eyes with the greatest disdain and/or exclaim loudly and inappropriately when people tell me they haven’t seen them. You know the look. Someone announces that they haven’t seen (insert iconic film name here) and you yell, “What! You’ve gotta see that! Where have you been?”
But for every great film, there is a film that has managed to sneak into the canon that really doesn’t deserve to be there. You know those films. Everybody tells you that you have to see (insert supposedly great film name here) and you finally see it and wonder if everybody is taking crazy pills. Add this to the recent films that are hailed as “game changers”, and you find yourself constantly on the watch for the dreaded hype monster, that awful word-of-mouth, social media fed beast that turns perfectly average and subpar films into undeserved cultural touchstones.
So without further ado, here are 10 films that are completely overrated…
This article was first posted on March 5, 2013