No “year in review” is complete without addressing the worst of the worst. While Hollywood certainly churned out some bad movies in 2012 – more than could possibly fit on this sort of list – there’s a special kind of bad that needs to be brought to the forefront.
Here are some films (and one category of films) released in the past year that I have deemed worthy of scorn and derision. It’s all a matter of taste; there are more “deserving” films than there are available spaces. Still, I think you’ll agree – these movies are terrible.
Sparks adaptation overwrought, underdeveloped
There are few writers out there who have mastered the art of emotional manipulation quite like Nicholas Sparks. And Hollywood has taken notice, adapting seven of his books to the big screen. He’s responsible for such tearjerkers as “A Walk To Remember,” “Dear John,” “Message in a Bottle” and of course, the Sparksiest of them all, “The Notebook.” Number seven just hit the big screen with the opening of “The Lucky One.”
Logan Thibeault (Zac Efron, “The Lorax”) is a Marine sergeant serving in Iraq. One day while standing guard, he catches a glimpse of something half buried in the sand. He goes to retrieve it; it turns out to be a laminated picture of a woman. As he looks at it, a rocket attack hits precisely where he had just been standing. From then on, Logan views it as a sort of lucky charm.
When he gets out of the service, Logan is determined to track down the woman from the photo. His journey takes him from Colorado to Louisiana, where he finally finds Beth Green (Taylor Schilling, “Atlas Shrugged: Part I”). She runs a pet boarding kennel along with her grandmother Ellie (Blythe Danner, “What’s Your Number?”). When Logan arrives, he intends to tell Beth about the picture but instead gets swept into the idyllic small-town life of the Greens.
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