Masochist? Here are some of the worst movies of the decade available to stream

These movies aren’t disappointing. They’re plain bad.

Sometimes it’s easy to spot an upcoming movie that’s destined to flop. If it’s the fifth sequel to a horror flick, for instance, the chances of it delivering a well-written story are close to none. Or if the studio spends way too much cash on marketing prior to the release, you can expect something messy (Suicide Squad, anyone?).

Other times, though, there’s no way to tell that a movie you’re about to see is a colossal disaster. The cast seems fine, the trailer looks OK, the story is intriguing. Somewhere along the way, things just go terribly wrong.

Yet, there’s something magical about awful movies. We’re not talking movies that are intentionally bad. We’re talking movies that beg us to take them seriously but suffer from poor writing, bad acting, excruciating special effects, or all of the above. They were made with good intentions, but somehow the end product resembles an incoherent mess that should have never made it to the big screen. They’re awkward. They’re cringey. They’re delicious to make fun of.

So if you’re planning to gather some friends and roast a bad flick together, we’ve got some solid suggestions. All fairly recent and available to stream in Australia (as of August 2018). Just make popcorn, get some booze, and let the horribleness wash over you.

1. That's My Boy


What’s the movie about?

That’s My Boy fancies itself a dark comedy. It stars Adam Sandler as Donny, who fathered a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), in his teens. He raised him until Todd’s 18th birthday, but the two haven’t seen each other in years. Now, Todd’s life gets turned upside down when his dad pays him an unexpected visit.

What are the critics saying?

With a 20% Rotten Tomatoes score, it’s clear that critics found few good things to say about this 2012 comedy. “While it does represent a new foray into raunch for the normally PG-13 Sandler, That's My Boy finds him repeating himself to diminishing effect – and dragging Andy Samberg down with him.” Yikes! Samberg bounced back with Brooklyn Nine-Nine though, so at least there’s that.

Where can I stream it? : Netflix.

2. The Last Airbender


What’s the movie about?

The Last Airbender is a live-action adaptation of the first season of the popular animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, helmed by M. Night Shyamalan. As you might remember, the hype for the movie was huge. The pay-off? Not so much. The movie follows a 12-year-old boy who provides the last hope for restoring harmony to a land consumed by chaos. It stars Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone.

What are the critics saying?

This 2010 adaptation was far from well-received upon its premiere. “The Last Airbender squanders its popular source material with incomprehensible plotting, horrible acting and detached joyless direction.” That’s the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, where the movie has only a 6% score. What’s worse, fans weren’t happy with the flick either. “Decent visuals do little to save this heavily butchered live-action rendition,” one of them writes.

Where can I stream it? : Netflix, Foxtel Now and Amazon.

3. Birdemic: Shock and Terror


What’s the movie about?

Inspired by The Birds, Birdemic: Shock and Terror centres on the love story between the two main characters as their small town is attacked by birds. It was self-financed and boasted a very small budget, which led to atrocious special effects. The film was soon regarded among the worst flicks of all time. Fun fact: this ultimately gained it a cult following and led to the release of a sequel, called Birdemic 2: The Resurrection.

What are the critics saying?

Despite its low budget, the movie managed to score 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, so a few critics really enjoyed its foulness. Others had harsher words when describing the flick: “Question: What's the difference between "Birdemic" and bird droppings? No one asks you to pay for the latter (yet).”

Where can I stream it? : Amazon.

4. The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)


What’s the movie about?

This is the final instalment in the Human Centipede trilogy. This time, the action takes place in a prison. The movie follows a sadistic warden and his right-hand man, who decide to suture 500 inmates together as an extreme form of punishment. Starring Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey.

What are the critics saying?

Basically, only watch it if you don’t find the plot disgusting enough or if you’ve enjoyed the first two movies in the franchise. Although enjoy might be a bit of a stretch here. “Human Centipede fans may find enough extreme body horror in the third instalment to satisfy, but filmgoers of every other persuasion are strongly advised to stay far, far away from Final Sequence,” reads the Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, where The Human Centipede III has an 18% score.

Where can I stream it? : Netflix.

5. I, Frankenstein


What’s the movie about?

Starring Aaron Eckhart, I, Frankenstein follows Adam, Frankenstein’s monster, who finds himself caught in the middle of a bloody battle between gargoyles and demons. The movie is set in a dystopian present, with both sides racing to discover the well-kept secret of Adam’s immortality. Sounds exciting, right? Too bad the execution sucked big time.

What are the critics saying?

“Loud, incoherent, and dramatically listless, I, Frankenstein is a remarkably dull fantasy adventure that fails to generate much excitement or interest in its characters,” according to the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie has a 5% score, so you should set your expectations accordingly.

Where can I stream it? : Netflix and Amazon.

6. Sex and the City 2


What’s the movie about?

While the first Sex and the City movie is generally considered fairly decent, the sequel was not particularly well-received. This time, we follow Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte as they escape to the exotic Abu Dhabi, where adventure and surprises await. Not to mention a blast from the past for Carrie, who comes face to face with and old flame in Aidan. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon.

What are the critics saying?

If you’re not a die-hard SATC fan, you’ll likely dread this way-too-long flick, or can use it to make fun of the over-the-top setting. With a 16% Rotten Tomatoes score, the movie fails to impress due to an aimless plot and several failed attempts at humour. “Straining under a thin plot stretched to its limit by a bloated running time, Sex and the City 2 adds an unfortunate coda to the long-running HBO series,” reads the Critics Consensus.

Where can I stream it? : Foxtel Now.

7. Get Hard


What’s the movie about?

Get Hard follows a wrongfully convicted investment banker. As he’s heading to prison, he enlists the help of a man who washes his car to prepare for a smooth transition to life behind bars. Starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.

What are the critics saying?

“A waste of two fine funnymen, Get Hard settles for tired and offensive gags instead of tapping into its premise's boundary-pushing potential,” according to Rotten Tomatoes. With a 29% score, this comedy is only recommended for those who still enjoy jokes relying on stereotypes about race and sexuality. Or those eager to see something that will make them severely cringe.

Where can I stream it? : Foxtel Now.

8. Standing Ovation


What’s the movie about?

Standing Ovation is a musical about five junior high school friends who form a singing group to compete in a national music contest. They have limited funds, but use their passion to come up with exciting song and dance numbers that will allow them to beat their rivals, the rich kids. The movie stars Kayla Jackson, Na'jee Wilson and Alexis Biesiada.

What are the critics saying?

We believe the Variety critic put it best, “Despite its absurdly optimistic title, Standing Ovation deserves a resounding chorus of boos, and maybe a few well-aimed tomatoes.” The movie lacks any sort of coherence, features a ton of mean-spirited behaviour, boasts some unoriginal music and is overall annoying to anyone over 13. In other words, it’s the perfect movie to hate-watch when you need to give your brain a break from all those prestige movies you’ve been binging recently.

Where can I stream it? : Netflix and Amazon.

9. Mortdecai


What’s the movie about?

Mortdecai stars Johnny Depp as a shady art dealer who is always lacking the necessary funds to lead the opulent lifestyle he desires. So when he’s offered a job to retrieve a stolen painting, he happily accepts. However, he’s not the only one seeking the artwork, as an American heiress and a revolutionary want it too. The cast also includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor and Paul Bettany.

What are the critics saying?

Considering the cast, you might be tempted to raise your expectations for this one. Don’t. “Aggressively strange and wilfully unfunny, the misguided Mortdecai sounds a frightfully low note in Johnny Depp's post-Pirates filmography,” the Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus reads. With a 12% score, Mortdecai is the rare type of awful comedy where you can almost tell that the cast is having a horrible time. Which, if we think about it, might be reason enough to give it a stream.

Where can I stream it? : Stan.

10. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters


What’s the movie about?

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a continuation of the classic fairytale. Only this time, the siblings are grown-ups who work together to exterminate witches. But when they become the hunted, they need to face a dangerous foe – their bloody past. Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton.

What are the critics saying?

The premise is fun, so the movie could have made for an epic magical adventure. Instead, it failed on all counts, only managing to get a 15% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The Consensus reads: “Alternately bloody and silly, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters fails as both a fantasy adventure and as a parody of same.” Yikes.

Where can I stream it? : Foxtel Now.

11. The Ridiculous 6


What’s the movie about?

We’re about halfway through our list, so another Adam Sandler entry should be in order. This time, we follow six men who realize they share the same bank-robbing father and set out to reunite with him. The cast also includes Nick Nolte, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia and Taylor Lautner.

What are the critics saying?

The movie has a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s safe to assume that everyone rushed to bring it down. For good reason. “Every bit as lazily offensive as its cast and concept would suggest, The Ridiculous Six is standard couch fare for Adam Sandler fanatics and must-avoid viewing for film enthusiasts of every other persuasion,” the Consensus reads. You will likely need a copious amount of alcohol to make it through.

Where can I stream it? : Netflix

12. Max Steel


What’s the movie about?

Superhero films are all the rage nowadays. Except for this one. Max Steel follows a 16-year old teenager whose body can generate the universe's most powerful energy. When he meets a techno-organic extraterrestrial named Steel, the two realize that together they form Max Steel, a superhero possessing powerful strength beyond anything in our world. Too bad an unstoppable enemy from another galaxy makes an appearance. The movie stars Ben Winchell and Josh Brener.

What are the critics saying?

“This I Was a Teenage Iron Man wannabe is inept at every level,” one critic writes. Overall, the movie has a 0% Rotten Tomatoes score, so proceed with caution.

Where can I stream it? : Netflix

13. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2


What’s the movie about?

A sequel to Paul Blart: Mall Cop, this 2015 flick follows Blart as he goes on a Vegas vacation with his teenage daughter. But there’s no rest for mall cops – so when duty calls, he answers promptly. Kevin James stars.

What are the critics saying?

“Bathed in flop sweat and bereft of purpose, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 strings together fat-shaming humour and Segway sight gags with uniformly unfunny results,” according to the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. The 5% score doesn’t do the movie any favours either.

Where can I stream it? : Netflix.

14. Ouija


What’s the movie about?

This 2014 horror flick centres on Laine, who is mourning the sudden death of her best friend Debbie. She tries to use an antique Ouija board to say goodbye, but ends up making contact with another spirit instead. When strange events begin occurring, Laine enlists her friend's help to identify the spirit and figure out what it wants. Starring Olivia Cooke.

What are the critics saying?

While a couple of critics called Ouija “better than expected”, the movie’s 6% Rotten Tomatoes score proves that this movie is better suited for mocking than actual frights. “Slowly, steadily, although no one seems to be moving it in that direction, the Ouija planchette points to NO,” as the Consensus states. The only good thing? You can totally watch it if you’re generally scared of horror flicks. This one is unlikely to make you scream.

Where can I stream it? : Foxtel Now.

15. Vampires Suck


What’s the movie about?

As the title suggests, Vampires Suck is a horror comedy that aims to poke fun at vampires, specifically at the Twilight franchise. So it follows Becca, who is torn between two boys. Her friends also deal with all sorts of romantic issues, which collide at a memorable prom. The cast includes Jenn Proske, Chris Riggi and Matt Lanter.

What are the critics saying?

For a parody movie, Vampires Suck misses the mark. Instead, you’re better off with the original. “It's almost as cynical as the actual Twilight, and not nearly as funny,” one critic writes. It has a 4% score on Rotten Tomatoes, so make sure you gather some witty friends around if you plan to subject yourself to this one.

Where can I stream it? Amazon.

16. Beastly


What’s the movie about?

A modern spin on Beauty and the Beast, the movie centres on an arrogant teen who is cursed to be forever ugly. Unless, of course, he manages to find true love. With Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Neil Patrick Harris.

What are the critics saying?

Granted, this movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score stands tall at 20%, so it’s not quite as abysmal as other entries on our list. Still, it fails to bring anything new to the table and the clichés keep rolling until the bitter end. “Fundamentally misguided, poorly written, and badly acted, Beastly adds little to the legacy of its timeless source material,” the Critics Consensus reads.

Where can I stream it? : Stan.

17. Hall Pass


What’s the movie about?

Hall Pass follows two best friends, Rick and Fred, whose wives grant them a week to do whatever they please, no questions asked. While the idea sounds good in theory, the two soon discover that their expectations are wildly out of sync with reality. The movie stars Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis.

What are the critics saying?

According to Rotten Tomatoes, “Some filmgoers may be surprised by the Farrellys' defense of traditional domestic values in Hall Pass – unfortunately, they'll probably also be dismayed by the absence of laughs.” The movie is only 34% fresh and the tired premise doesn’t quite hold up in 2018, but it might be fun if you’re looking for something to run in the background while you’re doing chores.

Where can I stream it? : Foxtel Now

18. The Sitter


What’s the movie about?

Released in 2011, The Sitter centres on Noah, a young adult who’s stuck in a rut. As a favour to his mother, he eventually agrees to babysit his neighbour’s children, with disastrous consequences. Starring Jonah Hill.

What are the critics saying?

“With its recycled plot, misguided gags, and formula performance from Jonah Hill, The Sitter adds up to another disappointing entry from director David Gordon Green,” the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes reads. With a 22% score, we’re doubtful the jokes will make you laugh. However, the movie’s unoriginality might provide you with some mocking material.

Where can I stream it? : Netflix and Foxtel Now.

19. Free Birds


What’s the movie about?

A lucky turkey is recruited by a friend for a history-changing mission that involves travelling back in time, just before the first Thanksgiving. Their purpose? To prevent all turkeys from ever becoming holiday dinners. The cast includes Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson.

What are the critics saying?

There are animation flicks that just don’t work for adults and then there’s Free Birds, which is unlikely to appeal to children either. With a 19% Rotten Tomatoes score, the movie is offensive and forgettable. “Technically proficient yet creatively moribund, Free Birds begs unfortunate comparisons with the dim-witted fowl that inspired it,” according to the Critics Consensus.

Where can I stream it? : Netflix.

20. Grown Ups 2


What’s the movie about?

Just when you thought we’d be out of bad Adam Sandler movies to recommend, we’re here to end this list on a high note. A sequel to the film Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2 focuses on Lenny, who relocates his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. He then proceeds to take part in all sorts of eccentric shenanigans. The film also stars Kevin James, David Spade and Chris Rock.

What are the critics saying?

“While it's almost certainly the movie event of the year for filmgoers passionate about deer urine humour, Grown Ups 2 will bore, annoy and disgust audiences of nearly every other persuasion.” That’s the Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, where the movie has a 7% score. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Where can I stream it? : Amazon.

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