• Thu, Nov 11 2010

What “Good Movie” Do You Hate?

There’s been some talk about why I hate The Notebook. Well. I would think that would be obvious. But a lot of people seem to think it’s “romantic” and “moving” and “Ryan Gosling doesn’t have retarded face, what are you talking about?”

Of course it’s moving. It’s the most emotionally manipulative movie ever. I cry at the end. Sure, I cry at the end. You tell me a story about a child whose only friend is a dog and then the dog gets run down by a lawnmower, I’ll cry over that, too. Buckets. I cry over the dog in I Am Legend. But it won’t necessarily make it a good story, it will just make me someone who has really common feelings.

I guess I also hate The Notebook because I find it’s a movie that men who really, under any normal circumstances, just want to watch Goodfellas for the 500th time (which is fine with me, I love Goodfellas) throw up to show that they have feelings. “Yeah, I’m kind of a softie, I like The Notebook.” Bullshit. Bullshit, you like The Notebook. You want to have crying swamp sex and then build a house while crying? You think dementia is romantic? Fine. Whatever. I’m going to be over here, learning how cool prison is when you’re in the mafia.

(Incidentally, for a movie about how dementia is romantic that is fantastic – just in case that was a sentence you really zeroed in on – Away From Her. You want to cry, at least cry for Julie Christie.)

So, anyhow, I hate The Notebook. Everyone else loves it. Fine. I guess a lot of people in Germany loved Nazis at one point.You know what else people loved? Slavery. People love lots of things that are terrible.

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here. What “good movie” do you hate that everyone else loves?

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  • a

    I’m with you. I hate The Notebook. I also hate Titanic. And Twilight [but everyone else hates that, right?]

    Also hate Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

  • MelbaToast

    I also hate The Notebook, and for exactly the same reasons. Stand proud.

  • Eileen

    I’ve never seen The Notebook, but the synopsis from my mother and sister was enough to make me hate it.

    I hate The Way We Were – but only because a) Katie makes me so annoyed I want to throw things at her and b) Carrie on Sex and the City identified with it, and I must hate anything she likes, on principle.

  • Lilit Marcus

    I am Southern, and I absolutely hate Gone With the Wind. Maybe I’m a traitor to my people, but I don’t care.

  • porkchop

    The Notebook is not a good movie–it’s not good compared to other boring cookie-cutter romances.

    I did not like The Thin Red Line. I’ve heard it’s a good movie–I will believe anyone who says it is. I will do anything to avoid seeing it again.

    • Ashley Cardiff

      TRL is one of my favorite movies, but it’s not perfect and I understand never wanting to see it again.

  • hallohallo

    I hate Top Gun. I cannot sit through it.

  • melanie

    I hate anything Nicholas Sparks has done. It’s formula writing. The same friggin story every time with different characters. It reminds me of the Harlequin romance novels minus the soft core porn.

  • Sara S.

    Citizen Kane. It may be “great” but it’s f’ing work to get through. Life’s too short.

  • Ashley Cardiff

    It still shocks me that Crash won best picture.

  • miss elaineous

    I hate Dirty Dancing & every song in it. I also hate Clockwork Orange with a passion & have an automatic opinion of anyone who says it’s their favorite.

    • Lindsay

      I’m curious as to why you have such a strong dislike of A Clockwork Orange?

  • Megan

    I hate “The Big Lebowski.” People hate me for this. I don’t care–it’s slow, aimless, and in real life the Dude would have been living in his mother’s basement.

    • Hannah Rose Siegel

      I hate “The Big Lebowski,” too!

    • G

      Me too! And I hate that people hate me for it.

  • lotusflwr

    I said The Notebook was crap! I also think Nicholas Sparks books are formulaic — I read and liked The Notebook (the book), I guess, but not enough to recommend it to anyone else, nor to read any more Nicholas Sparks books.

    I don’t like Forrest Gump, which drives my husband crazy because he tries to watch it every time it’s on TV. I can’t even remember if I liked it the first few times I saw it, but I’ve seen it (or parts of it) so often now that I’m just sick of it, and wish it would quietly disappear.

    • Stella

      I also don’t care for Forrest Gump, but I also don’t care for Tom Hanks in general. I don’t know what it is, but he just gets on my nerves.

  • Christina

    I won’t see The Notebook. Or Titanic. Or Twilight. Or Harry Potter. Or Avatar. I’m a hater anyway.

  • Courtney

    I can’t stand Superbad. I have a special kind of hatred for Jonah Hill.

  • Marissa

    Lost in Translation.

    Sorry. I hate ScarJo. I hate the flat way she says her lines, and that people think she’s brilliant for it. I hate that people pee their pants everytime Bill Murray plays another depressed middle-aged guy. And don’t get me started on the whisper.

    • cotton

      Are you reading my mind? I loathe LIT but apparently i’m a jealous hater because scarjo is pretty! What the funk? Also Bill Murray (in this movie) – gag.

  • Katie

    I cannot stand and have never been able to get through “Grease.” This was particularly difficult seeing as I was in show choir in middle school, and all of the other girls in that LOVED “Grease.” This is what I have to say to “Grease”: Get out of my face.

    • Lilit Marcus

      I love you so much for this comment. A movie with a “happy ending” where a girl totally changes herself to get a boy to like her? Yeah, no thanks.

  • Amy

    I also hated The Notebook. My mom made me watch it.

    I also despise “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” I know, you protest, “It’s a cult classic!” Though I DO love Tim Curry (“Clue,” anyone?), Rocky Horror is just too weird and stupid for me to be able to appreciate. I didn’t even watch the gLee tribute.

  • Rose

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I adore Audrey Hepburn, really I do. I want to be her when I grow up. However, when you compare it to the enchanting masterpieces that are Roman Holiday and Charade, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an annoying downer and I don’t really care to see it again. Of course that didn’t stop me from dressing up as Holly Golightly for Halloween, but who can resist rope pearls and cigarette holder?

  • Tracy

    I agree about “Citizen Kane.” I can’t believe it’s considered the best movie of all time. Ugh.

  • Kat

    Where the Wild Things Are. It got so many good reviews because it made no f*cking sense. HATE movies like that.

    • porkchop

      hmmm. Good reviews plus crap story… could Dave Eggers be involved? Yes, and he adapted his own adaptation in a novel. Spluh. I know I know, he does a lot of good in the world, but still. Spluh.

  • Lupto

    Ummm….can I just throw “Braveheart” and “Gladiator” into the mix? I mean, ugh! These are terrible and if you even say you might not like them you might as well be beheaded yourself.

    And I agree with the Notebook. I tried to watch that with a group of my girlfriends and couldn’t even get through the first 10 minutes.

  • Mariah

    I hate Julia Stiles. I think she is a terrible actress. The only movie I liked her in was Save the Last Dance, but that’s because it was the first time I’d seen her in a movie. Every other movie she acts exactly the same, she has no depth. Her dramatic acting seems forced and unnatural. I just can’t believe her as an actress. and her sex scenes are terrible. Consequently I am disappointed by Season 5 of Dexter, because she is in it.

    • Jennifer Wright

      Oh, God, I hate her too.

  • breezy

    Ugh. Where do I begin? On the same theme as The Notebook, I hated PS. I Love You and The Time Traveler’s Wife. They were not movies, they were experiments in how much women can be manipulated into bawling during a 2-hour period.

    I also hated Harry Potter (I only got through one), The Big Lebowski, Saw, and Christmas Vacation.

  • aislinn

    Pulp Fiction.

    Hate it!

  • sally

    sound of music,born free, titanic,bridges of madison county,etc,etc

  • Buddy

    I was told The Notebook was a romantic movie but I couldn’t find anything romantic about a woman cheating on her fiance …

  • Michelle

    True stories! My roommate and I can never agree on movies to watch beacouse she always picks a movie out and I give a look of disagreement but her rebuttal is ALWAYS “but its a true story”. I tell her everytime that just because its a true story doesnt mean its a good movie.. I have enough true stories every day of my life that doesnt mean I should be in a movie (well i should but thats beside the point).
    I find true story movies usually bad and full of depression. I want to be smiling and laughing when I go see something of entertainment value then go back to the real world with “true stories” all around me. True story! : )

  • jhive

    Remember the Titans. I don’t know why … I love football, Denzel Washington is easy on the eyes … but I have hated this movie since the first time I saw it in high school. I’ll add my vote for hating A Clockwork Orange too … everything about it is disturbing and uncomfortable, plus I spent most of my time trying to translate the weird made-up slangy talk. In fact, that might be the movie I hate most in the world.

  • Hannah Rose Siegel

    I hate The Notebook, too. I basically hate any sad movie (with the exception of Stepmom. I dont’ know why I love that movie, but I do). Or and long and historical movie (Pearl Harbor). And I love Goodfellas, too!

  • winkyface

    I am so glad people mentioned “Grease” and “Dirty Dancing.” These are 2 movies everyone seemed to love and made me watch when I was in high school, and I wanted to stab my eyeballs out. Hated them. With a passion. Especially because Olivia Newton John took up smoking to impress…. JOHN TRAVOLTA?!?!

  • M

    The Princess Bride. I can’t stand that movie.

  • Laura

    I hate romantic comedies in general. It doesn’t matter who is in it, they’re all the same. I know, some people enjoy the formulaic plots (how the hell are they ‘comforting’?) but it’s just boring to me. Maybe I’m a snob, but I like a movie to inspire some thought, or at least make me laugh.

  • Courtney

    Anything with Nicolas Cage in it. He is awful.

  • Sasha

    I completely agree with your assessment of The Notebook AND I also totally bawled when the dog died in I Am Legend.

    I didn’t care for WALL-E. Yeah, it’s cute. And teaches morals about the environment and obesity and blah blah blah. But that doesn’t make it good.

  • samtee

    Sleepless in Seattle. Dear God. Never again.

  • Ms. Goss

    Okay, I am outing myself as a nerd, but the Kiera Knightly version of Pride and Prejudice makes me want to punch her (knightly) in her cockney horseteeth face.

  • Nina

    The Shawshank Redemption. My dad loves it and watches it at every available opportunity, but the mere sight of the opening scenes makes me want to flee for the hills.

  • Schlumpu

    Hate it. Hate the movie. Hate the book. Jane Austen. Charlotte Bronte. Those ladies new how to write romance without referring to fire between legs or nipples hard like little rocks. You would think it was authored by horny 15 year old boy. Get real!