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02.20.2015by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Movies That Should Have Sucked But Are Actually Good

Who would have thought that HOT TUB TIME MACHINE would have turned out to be a decent comedy, let alone one worthy of a sequel. But, here we are on the opening weekend for HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2. This got us thinking about the movies out there we all thought would suck but turned out to be pretty damn good movies. Here is our ranking of the best movies that defied expectations. See if your favorite made the list or feel free to add others we may have missed to the talk backs below.

#10 - CLUE

There is not exactly a good track record for movies adapted from board games, but CLUE stands apart. A hilarious and original screenplay is brought to life by an all-star cast of comic geniuses ranging from the late Madeleine Kahn to Tim Curry, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, and more.

#9 - CRANK

Jason Statham was stereotyped by his role in THE TRANSPORTER which resulted in several very similar movies. CRANK looked like it could have been just another clone of the standard Statham role but ended up being a completely off the wall and batshit crazy rollercoaster ride that is actually pretty damn fun and atop the best of the actor's action work.

#8 - THIS IS THE END

Putting Seth Rogen and James Franco together usually doesn't defy expectations for the general movie-going audiences. After PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, most folks likely had their minds made up about THIS IS THE END as another cheap comedy but it ended up being one of the top reviewed movies of 2013. Paying homage to all sorts of apocalypse films, THIS IS THE END ranks as one of the best.

#7 - WORLD WAR Z

After a long development cycle, Max Brooks' acclaimed novel was the subject of several accounts of behind the scenes strife between director Marc Forster and star/producer Brad Pitt. Rewrites, budget issues, and more had everyone expecting a complete debacle of a film. But, WORLD WAR Z ended up being a decent film. While it didn't adapt the source material as many expected, it did end up being a success with a sequel in development.

#6 - JACKASS 3D

The JACKASS franchise is not exactly high filmmaking. The first two movies were big screen explorations of pain and male stupidity and I never expected a third film. When it was revealed to have been shot in 3D, I still didn't expect much but Johnny Knoxville and the JACKASS crew turned in a great use of the technology and gave us an in-your-face experience unmatched by most films using the premium format.

#5 - ZOMBIELAND

Zombies have been on the verge of becoming played out over the last few years. With SHAUN OF THE DEAD making the zombie comedy an acceptable sub-genre, along came ZOMBIELAND. It looked like a small film with burgeoning stars in Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg. But, ZOMBIELAND ended up becoming a fan and critical favorite and one that allowed the blending of genres otherwise unexpected.

#4 - SLITHER

James Gunn is now one of the most in demand directors thanks to his work on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, but the one time SCOOBY DOO screenwriter directed a horror movie called SLITHER starring Elizabeth Banks and Nathon Fillion. What could have been a complete bomb ended up becoming a favorite along the lines of CABIN IN THE WOODS but instead got a fun, infinitely rewatchable horror movie.

#3 - MEAN GIRLS

Lindsay Lohan was a star thanks to MEAN GIRLS. Tina Fey's high school comedy looked like another throwaway teen flick but has morphed into one of the most memorable films of the last decade. Amanda Seyfreid and Lizzy Caplan began their success with this movie that was really Lohan's last big hit. Still, MEAN GIRLS will remain one of the iconic high school films of all time alongside FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH and THE BREAKFAST CLUB.

#2 - PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL

Before Johnny Depp was a box office mainstay, he took a risk with Disney's adaptation of their theme park ride. No one had any hope for Gore Verbinski's film to be anything more than a moderate success at best. What we got was a fun swashbuckler full of memorable characters and the immortal Jack Sparrow. While it may have been followed up by mediocre sequels, the first movie remains one of the best movie surprises of all time.

#1 - DIE HARD

We all instantly recognize Bruce Willis and DIE HARD as kindred spirits. We cannot think of one without the other. But, in 1988, DIE HARD seemed like a huge gamble. Willis was not an action star but rather a comedic actor from the small screen. The risk the film took casting such a guy in the hero role paid dividends as it is now one of the most unexpected and most enduring surprises in big screen history.

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12:42PM on 02/21/2015
Horrible film! Boring and stupid.
Horrible film! Boring and stupid.
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12:31PM on 02/21/2015
Great pick! Have always loved this movie. Own it on DVD and refuse to take it out of my Netflix watchlist even thought Ive watched it 100 times.
Great pick! Have always loved this movie. Own it on DVD and refuse to take it out of my Netflix watchlist even thought Ive watched it 100 times.
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5:59AM on 02/21/2015
A game changer for action films. Still holds up and is one of the best if not the best action film ever.
A game changer for action films. Still holds up and is one of the best if not the best action film ever.
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1:27AM on 02/21/2015

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I know this isn't the place but who do I contact about the sidebar links? ----->
You know, it is one thing to get paid to link to a site that is just a crappy, oft-repeating and outdated entertainment-centric version of Pinterest (zergnet) that each click brings me to a new site on a new page/tab (annoying) ... but to have links that are not related to anything about this site/industry (i.e. vitamins, arrest records, cheap iPad sales, etc) and take up a good third/fourth of the page makes me want to stop coming here.
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1:23AM on 02/21/2015
Good suggestion with Blade. I think Dredd fits this category too.
Good suggestion with Blade. I think Dredd fits this category too.
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11:40PM on 02/20/2015
Pitch Perfect, Men in Black 3, The Incredible Hulk
Pitch Perfect, Men in Black 3, The Incredible Hulk
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8:36PM on 02/20/2015
Loved it, but for a film that prided itself on it's use of 3D, I'm perplexed as to why there's no 3D Bluray
Loved it, but for a film that prided itself on it's use of 3D, I'm perplexed as to why there's no 3D Bluray
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6:42PM on 02/20/2015
Good list. I think the Lego movie should be included. When I first heard it, I thought is sounded stupid and like nothing more than a marketing scam. But it turned out to be one of the best comedies of this year.
Good list. I think the Lego movie should be included. When I first heard it, I thought is sounded stupid and like nothing more than a marketing scam. But it turned out to be one of the best comedies of this year.
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4:12PM on 02/20/2015

Nope...

Terrible movie in general. Poor plot, poor action sequences, awful third act. Should have just tanked it and started from scratch.
Terrible movie in general. Poor plot, poor action sequences, awful third act. Should have just tanked it and started from scratch.
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12:49PM on 02/20/2015

I would add

Clueless
Buckaroo Banzai
Heathers
Blade


Clueless
Buckaroo Banzai
Heathers
Blade


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12:05PM on 02/20/2015
-THIS IS THE END-9/10
-MEAN GIRLS-8/10
-ZOMBIELAND, PIRATES, DIE HARD-7/10
-JACKASS 3D-5/10
-WORLD WAR Z-4/10
-THIS IS THE END-9/10
-MEAN GIRLS-8/10
-ZOMBIELAND, PIRATES, DIE HARD-7/10
-JACKASS 3D-5/10
-WORLD WAR Z-4/10
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10:16AM on 02/20/2015
"Bill Fuckin' Murray!"

I just saw Eddie Van Halen at the Hollywood Bowl...He's a zombie.

2nd favorite zom-edy...a very close 2nd to Shaun of the Dead
"Bill Fuckin' Murray!"

I just saw Eddie Van Halen at the Hollywood Bowl...He's a zombie.

2nd favorite zom-edy...a very close 2nd to Shaun of the Dead
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10:14AM on 02/20/2015
This movie was crap. Seen better zombie action on Walking Dead.
This movie was crap. Seen better zombie action on Walking Dead.
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10:14AM on 02/20/2015
By far one of my favorite Statham films...granted he's type-cast, but "Bat-Shit" crazy is a good way to put Crank. Also, I thought Killer Elite was underrated and he does a nice dramatic turn in the indie movie London with a young Chris Evans and Jessica Biel. Stath has some good lines in that one too...

"It's cause I'm an impotent man, muther fucker!!!"
By far one of my favorite Statham films...granted he's type-cast, but "Bat-Shit" crazy is a good way to put Crank. Also, I thought Killer Elite was underrated and he does a nice dramatic turn in the indie movie London with a young Chris Evans and Jessica Biel. Stath has some good lines in that one too...

"It's cause I'm an impotent man, muther fucker!!!"
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9:45AM on 02/20/2015
What in the? This is a God awful film. And the awry production and lack of direction is bleeding through each moment.
What in the? This is a God awful film. And the awry production and lack of direction is bleeding through each moment.
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9:31AM on 02/20/2015
My wife once turned to me while watching the movie and said, "You wonder how this movie can get any better . . . and then it does!"

Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone just about stole this movie with their performances.
My wife once turned to me while watching the movie and said, "You wonder how this movie can get any better . . . and then it does!"

Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone just about stole this movie with their performances.
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9:29AM on 02/20/2015

In James B. Barber's book DISNEY WAR,

it talks about how Disney executives were freaking out over Depp's portrayal of Jack Sparrow, claiming the suits were saying the character was "too gay." Verbinski and Depp also deliberately antagonized the suits by organizing a screening in Depp's club The Viper Room. Needless to say, all was forgiven when the movie became a hit.
it talks about how Disney executives were freaking out over Depp's portrayal of Jack Sparrow, claiming the suits were saying the character was "too gay." Verbinski and Depp also deliberately antagonized the suits by organizing a screening in Depp's club The Viper Room. Needless to say, all was forgiven when the movie became a hit.
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9:24AM on 02/20/2015

DIE HARD is an action classic

but I'd also point to the massive risk of casting a Hollywood unknown like Alan Rickman as the villain. I'd argue that part of the reason why the sequels weren't as good was because none of the other other villains could match Rickman's suave menace.
but I'd also point to the massive risk of casting a Hollywood unknown like Alan Rickman as the villain. I'd argue that part of the reason why the sequels weren't as good was because none of the other other villains could match Rickman's suave menace.
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9:03AM on 02/20/2015

Also

This has one of the best openings ever made. Perfect song choice with THE KIDS ARE BACK by TWISTED SISTER.
Gives me goosebumps every time.
This has one of the best openings ever made. Perfect song choice with THE KIDS ARE BACK by TWISTED SISTER.
Gives me goosebumps every time.
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6:45AM on 02/20/2015
Die Hard is one of the best action movies ever period!
Die Hard is one of the best action movies ever period!
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6:43AM on 02/20/2015
Another smart movie that hasn't lost it's touch over the years, every generation has their own teen & HS movie.
Another smart movie that hasn't lost it's touch over the years, every generation has their own teen & HS movie.
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6:42AM on 02/20/2015
"along the lines of CABIN IN THE WOODS but instead ... fun, infinitely rewatchable"

Huh?
"along the lines of CABIN IN THE WOODS but instead ... fun, infinitely rewatchable"

Huh?
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6:40AM on 02/20/2015
Movie really surprised me & it's great to see James Gunn become successful now, he is no longer the guy who wrote Scooby Doo. Super is also a great movie by him as well.
Movie really surprised me & it's great to see James Gunn become successful now, he is no longer the guy who wrote Scooby Doo. Super is also a great movie by him as well.
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6:38AM on 02/20/2015
Definitely one of the more fun movies about zombies, never get tired of watching it.
Definitely one of the more fun movies about zombies, never get tired of watching it.
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6:36AM on 02/20/2015
These movies are suppossed dumb & outrageous, that's why they are so popular.
These movies are suppossed dumb & outrageous, that's why they are so popular.
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6:34AM on 02/20/2015
Even though it wasn't scary or gory, I thought it was one of the smarter movies about zombies, I never read the book & I know it deviated way beyond it. But either way I still liked it
Even though it wasn't scary or gory, I thought it was one of the smarter movies about zombies, I never read the book & I know it deviated way beyond it. But either way I still liked it
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6:32AM on 02/20/2015
My mind was completely blown by this movie, it's silly & over the top in a good way, the sequel is even more crazy. Hoping we can see a Crank 3 someday.
My mind was completely blown by this movie, it's silly & over the top in a good way, the sequel is even more crazy. Hoping we can see a Crank 3 someday.
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6:31AM on 02/20/2015
Classic funny movie that's also very smart & it still holds today.
Classic funny movie that's also very smart & it still holds today.
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5:33AM on 02/20/2015

The TWO-time Scooby Doo Screenwriter

He wrote the sequel as well.
He wrote the sequel as well.
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5:29AM on 02/20/2015
Lol! Yeah I must admit I had a good time.
Lol! Yeah I must admit I had a good time.
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5:08AM on 02/20/2015
Yeah I must admit I thought it would be a mess but I was completely engaged throughout. I do feel for the fans of the source material though as I understand the film deviates quite a bit. I haven't read it but I assume they will be hoping that a sequel will be steered into more faithful territory and I hope they get it.
Yeah I must admit I thought it would be a mess but I was completely engaged throughout. I do feel for the fans of the source material though as I understand the film deviates quite a bit. I haven't read it but I assume they will be hoping that a sequel will be steered into more faithful territory and I hope they get it.
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3:36AM on 02/20/2015

Not Slither again!

When I first watched Slither I thought I missed something due to all the hype. I watched it again recently and it still is nowhere as good as everyone claims it to be.
When I first watched Slither I thought I missed something due to all the hype. I watched it again recently and it still is nowhere as good as everyone claims it to be.
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4:57AM on 02/20/2015
I understand it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I certainly enjoyed every moment of it. It reminded me of movies from the 80s such as The Blob and Killer Klowns from Outer Space which is not a bad thing.
I understand it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I certainly enjoyed every moment of it. It reminded me of movies from the 80s such as The Blob and Killer Klowns from Outer Space which is not a bad thing.
2:53AM on 02/20/2015
hated it
hated it
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2:07AM on 02/20/2015
All about casting with this one. No one else could have been John McClane except for Bruce Willis.
All about casting with this one. No one else could have been John McClane except for Bruce Willis.
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10:36AM on 02/20/2015
At one point was supposed to have been Schwartzenneger.
At one point was supposed to have been Schwartzenneger.
2:06AM on 02/20/2015
I know it's a chick flick, but it's reallt well written with some really good comedic performances.
I know it's a chick flick, but it's reallt well written with some really good comedic performances.
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2:05AM on 02/20/2015
Such a funny, twisted film.
Such a funny, twisted film.
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2:04AM on 02/20/2015
Just an all around fun film that honors the zombie genre while also poking fun at it the same time. Plus, everyone remembers the iconic Bill Murray cameo.
Just an all around fun film that honors the zombie genre while also poking fun at it the same time. Plus, everyone remembers the iconic Bill Murray cameo.
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2:02AM on 02/20/2015
Loved all three films and the television series that came before it. Would love to see these guys do a fourth or at least a tv special.
Loved all three films and the television series that came before it. Would love to see these guys do a fourth or at least a tv special.
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2:01AM on 02/20/2015
This was a damn good, entertaining film. I've never read the book so I can't compare the page to screen transistion, but as an overall film, it did it's job.
This was a damn good, entertaining film. I've never read the book so I can't compare the page to screen transistion, but as an overall film, it did it's job.
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1:56AM on 02/20/2015
One of my childhood favorites, but unlike many old favorites, this comepltely withstands the test of time. Since its a period piece it doesn't look cheesy 80's, and its still as funny today as it was then. And damn Colleen Camp was hot lol.
One of my childhood favorites, but unlike many old favorites, this comepltely withstands the test of time. Since its a period piece it doesn't look cheesy 80's, and its still as funny today as it was then. And damn Colleen Camp was hot lol.
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1:55AM on 02/20/2015
Film is a real gem. Everyone who I have shown it to for the first time has absolutely loved it. I pray they never try to remake it.
Film is a real gem. Everyone who I have shown it to for the first time has absolutely loved it. I pray they never try to remake it.
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1:31AM on 02/20/2015

Guardians of the Galaxy could be on this list.

i guess it had the backing of being a Marvel movie, but come on... C-List characters starring a... "comedic actor from the small screen".
i guess it had the backing of being a Marvel movie, but come on... C-List characters starring a... "comedic actor from the small screen".
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5:30AM on 02/20/2015
Yeah they really pulled of something great there.
Yeah they really pulled of something great there.
1:23AM on 02/20/2015
Well said. It really was a huge risk but it paid off MASSIVE. An instant classic action film.
Well said. It really was a huge risk but it paid off MASSIVE. An instant classic action film.
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1:21AM on 02/20/2015
I love this movie. Lots of crazy gory scenes plus some very funny humor.
I love this movie. Lots of crazy gory scenes plus some very funny humor.
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1:20AM on 02/20/2015
Having never read the original book, I had zero expectation for the movie but I ended up liking it a lot and it glued me to the seat.
Having never read the original book, I had zero expectation for the movie but I ended up liking it a lot and it glued me to the seat.
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1:19AM on 02/20/2015
It has loads of crazy plot and crazy action scenes to make it work.
It has loads of crazy plot and crazy action scenes to make it work.
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1:18AM on 02/20/2015
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's perfect in every way. I especially like various endings for the movie.
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's perfect in every way. I especially like various endings for the movie.
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1:16AM on 02/20/2015
This movie is perfect. I went back and watched it after over ten years, and I still knew every line in the thing by heart. There are only a few movies I can say that about.
This movie is perfect. I went back and watched it after over ten years, and I still knew every line in the thing by heart. There are only a few movies I can say that about.
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12:47AM on 02/20/2015

Endlessly quotable

"Flames... Flames. On the side of my face."
"And monkey's brains, although popular in Cantonese cuisine, are not often to be found in Washington, D.C.!"
"I'm going home to sleep with my wife."
"Flames... Flames. On the side of my face."
"And monkey's brains, although popular in Cantonese cuisine, are not often to be found in Washington, D.C.!"
"I'm going home to sleep with my wife."
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8:59AM on 02/20/2015
How bout it man. Me and my bro always quote "Flames... Flames" haha.

Colonel Mustard -"NO THERE IS, OR NO THERE ISN'T?
Tim Curry - "yes"
How bout it man. Me and my bro always quote "Flames... Flames" haha.

Colonel Mustard -"NO THERE IS, OR NO THERE ISN'T?
Tim Curry - "yes"

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