10 "Guilty Pleasure" Movies You Shouldn't Be Ashamed To Love

10. Starship Troopers (1997)

Buena Vista Pictures

When Starship Troopers first landed in cinemas, the world at large seemed somewhat unsure what to make of it. Was it bad on purpose? Was the whole thing supposed to be a sort of joke? Given that Troopers was directed by Paul Verhoeven, the master satirist behind the likes of RoboCop, it's a bit of mystery as to why people were so confused. That's to say, for a good few years after its release, Starship Troopers was banded around as a movie that people only felt as though they could admit to liking as a "guilty pleasure" - as if the movie weren't 100% self-aware.

But lots of movie fans are still hesitant to come out of the Starship Troopers closet for fear their tastes will be brought into question, not realising that the corny quotes, cheesy costumes and sets, and downright questionable "politics" are intentional. As a result, Troopers barely qualifies as a "guilty pleasure" at all: there's nothing guilty to be associated with this movie. In fact, it's closer to something of a masterpiece than it is a guilty pleasure - a hilarious black comedy; ironic and genuinely intelligent. Does the guilty pleasure part stem from the fact that it's just so much fun?


Articles published under the WhatCulture name denote collective efforts of a number of our writers, both past and present.