Reasons To Kill Yourself: The Worst Films of 2007

by Ian T. McFarland on January 2, 2008

in Essays 

I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly; but if you think you can handle the shit that flowed this year in movies, pinch your nose, say your prayers and click below.


2007 was a terrible year.  There were political assassinations, threats of an unnecessary war and, to top it all off, the following five movies.  While lawmakers decided to take the year off from taking global warming seriously, the studio heads were hard at work every day trying to find the next crappy film to flood theaters with – and in that respect, they were unbelievably successful.  Join me, won’t you, and let us celebrate just a few more reasons why life sucks.

But before we get started, because I’m an equal opportunity complainer, I’d like to mention some other crappolas that just missed the cut.  Can you imagine the bliss that would be life without the made-for-kids, and seemingly by-kids summer movie Daddy Day Camp?  What about Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, a franchise that for whatever reason, just decided to stop being even slightly cool?  And who could forget Aliens vs Predator – Requiem, a movie so dumb, it’s an insult to the intelligence of its audience?

5 – Shrek the Third: Hey, do you remember that movie Shrek that came out six years ago?  Remember how it was funny?  Just hold onto that memory and don’t let go, because if you try to relive the fun of that movie with its second sequel, your body might trigger blindness in your eyes to defend itself from this offensively dull family picture.  It’s like they don’t even try with these movies anymore, like the producers just gave a couple second-rate Sitcom writers a bag of skittles to pen thing, because they knew their wallets would get green stains no matter how much the movie sucked dolphin dick.  And boy, were they right.

4 – Blood and Chocolate: I named Underworld: Evolution the third worst movie of 2006, so it shouldn’t be much of surprise to find out that Blood and Chocolate, little more than cheap knock-off of that franchise, is just as stinky.  Actually, I’ll throw a couple more points towards this newer film for not being 70% crappy action scenes like that older one, but the void of action in Blood and Chocolate only means that we get a lot more bland dialogue, acting and other features of the film that make a root canal sound surprisingly relaxing in comparison.

3 – Perfect Stranger: I don’t have a problem with feminism, but what I do have a problem with is when a shallow girl-power message replaces the plot, logic and just about anything else a narrative requires in a movie.  Therefore, I have a problem with the Halle Berry movie Perfect Stranger, a supposed thriller that makes nice with every cliché in the genre and thinks of itself as a gritty, serous and dangerous film.  I already pretty much beat this picture to death in my review from April, so I’ll just let that do the talking here.

2 – I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry: Few traits are more annoying or immoral in a person than hypocrisy, and why should it be any less aggravating when that trait is in a movie?  I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is supposed to be a comedy that bashes gay-bashers and promotes tolerance.  But instead of fixing the problems of homophobia, the movie only advances it.  For every time Adam Sandler or Kevin James scream at a homophobe, there’s another scene full of gay stereotypes that must have been written by people without any idea that – get this – being gay doesn’t mean you have a lisp and make bad pop culture references.  The closest the writers have gotten to a gay person must have been a few episodes of Will & Grace.  To give you an idea of how bad it gets, there are two characters who literally have no other purpose in the movie other than to act hilariously gay.  Yeah.  I’m convinced that someday, people will look back on this supposedly tolerant film with the same attitude that we have for Gone With the Wind today.

1 – D-War (Dragon Wars):  Before I begin to trash this action movie, let me say that I seriously considered putting this movie on my best of the year list because, if nothing else, it was certainly the best movie-going experience of my life.  I walked into the theater actually expecting something cool – I knew it wasn’t going to be anything as awesome as The Host, but I figured that they import bring a South Korean movie unless had some cool actions scenes.

I’m going to go ahead and mark that moment as the most wrong I will ever, ever be; because only my love for mind-blowingly stupid cinema kept me from quitting school and moving to D.C. and lobbying for a war on the Asian nation seventy hours a week.  I had a hard time figuring out what the story was, what with the laughter that almost constantly filled the theater; but here’s what I think it’s about – there are these dragons that come to Earth every few centuries.  And this time, one of them is really pissed off.  And uh, he needs to eat this girl so he can become a Super Sayin dragon, or some shit like that.  Conceived and written like a bad short story a fifth grader would write for English class, the dialogue and plot are a veritable encyclopedia of movie clichés and general stupidity.  The plot holes are so massive, they’re the equivalent of cinematic black holes.  I think that someday, when I retire and have more time than I know what to do with, I’m going to take on the enormous task of naming everything that’s wrong with this film; but with what time I have today, I’ll just say that I doubt I’ll ever see this crappy of a film in theaters.

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