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Masochist? Here are some of the worst movies 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. Just make popcorn, get some booze and let the horribleness wash over you.

1. Jack and Jill (2011)


What’s the movie about?

Widely regarded as one of Adam Sandler’s worst offerings, Jack and Jill features the actor in a double role. The story follows Jack, who hates Thanksgiving because of his twin sister Jill's annual visit. This time around he is forced to put up with her even longer, which pretty much turns his life upside down.

What are the critics saying?

Mostly bad things. The movie has a 3% score on Rotten Tomatoes. “What makes Jack And Jill worse than the average Sandler vehicle is Jill, who's been conceived as little more than a dude in drag, hold the jokes,” one critic writes. Even the most avid Sandler fans should admit that this one is almost unwatchable.

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2. The Last Airbender (2010)


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 5% 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.

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3. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2008)


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).”

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4. Movie 43 (2013)


What’s the movie about?

Movie 43 is an anthology – a collection of spoofs coming from several different directors. As the official synopsis states, it features “entertaining intertwined storylines you'll have to see to believe”. Promising, no?

What are the critics saying?

The ensemble cast features names like Johnny Knoxville, Richard Gere, Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry and more. It’s hard to understand how this title could fail on so many levels. Yet fail it does, boasting a 5% score on Rotten Tomatoes. “I was immediately overcome with a sudden rush of emotion: not amusement, anger or even mild irritation, but a profound and faintly tragic sense of pity,” one critic observes.

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5. Slender Man (2018)


What’s the movie about?

Fascinated by the Internet lore of the Slender Man, four friends attempt to summon him. Unfortunately, things get out of hand when one of them mysteriously goes missing. The cast includes Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso and Javier Botet.

What are the critics saying?

“Sporadically, one can see the movie that Slender Man could have been, but it disappears like the title character's victims,” one critic writes. It’s a real shame, since Slender Man could have been a film with much more depth, exploring the many dangers of the Internet. It currently has a 7% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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6. Sex and the City 2 (2010)


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 an 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 Sex and the City 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.

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7. Gotti (2018)


What’s the movie about?

Raised on the streets of New York, John Gotti found his way into the Gambino crime family, eventually becoming the leader. The movie chronicles the tumultuous life of the mob boss as he and his wife attempt to hold the family together among numerous tragedies and prison sentences. It stars John Travolta in the title role.

What are the critics saying?

Gotti has a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes, which should be reason enough to turn any sensible viewer away. If you want to put yourself through it, expect an incoherent jumble of highlights from Gotti’s life, with little cohesion. As one critic puts it, “I'd rather wake up next to a severed horse head than ever watch Gotti again.” Ouch.

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8. Fantastic Four (2015)


What’s the movie about?

Revolving around Marvel’s longest-running superhero team, the movie follows four youngsters who gain unique superpowers after being teleported to an alternate universe. They unite and use their abilities to fight against evil. With Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell.

What are the critics saying?

Superhero movies rarely get it this wrong but hey, it happens to the best of us. At 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, Fantastic Four is described as “dull and downbeat". In other words, there’s nothing fantastic about it. You’re better off re-watching the original or waiting for the second reboot, currently in development.

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9. Mortdecai (2015)


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.

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10. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)


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.

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11. The Ridiculous 6 (2015)


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 realise 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.

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12. Max Steel (2016)


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 realise 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.

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13. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)


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.

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14. After Earth (2013)


What’s the movie about?

Set in a post-apocalyptic future, After Earth revolves around young Kitai and his father Cypher, who crash-land on Earth a thousand years after cataclysmic events force humans to flee it. When Cypher injures himself, it’s up to Kitai to tread on an uncharted terrain for help. The movie stars Will Smith and his son, Jaden.

What are the critics saying?

M. Night Shyamalan directed After Earth, to harsh reviews. “After Earth, a witless, banal, tedious, melodramatic special-effects fest that is disappointing from the opening sequence until the credits role,” according to one critic. We don’t disagree. Overall, the movie has a 11% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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15. Vampires Suck (2010)


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.

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16. Beastly (2011)


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.

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17. Hall Pass (2011)


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 33% fresh and the tired premise doesn’t quite hold up anymore, but it might be fun if you’re looking for something to run in the background while you’re doing chores.

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18. Dirty Grandpa (2016)


What’s the movie about?

Dirty Grandpa stars Zac Efron and Robert DeNiro. The first plays an uptight lawyer one week away from getting married, while the latter plays his grandfather, who tricks him into driving him to Daytona Beach for spring break. This leads to a wild time that includes bar fights and frat parties.

What are the critics saying?

This movie looks like a good time. Sadly, it isn’t. “This is a movie that desperately wants to be a raunchy, politically incorrect, gross-out comedy. It gets as far as desperate,” one critic writes. On Rotten Tomatoes, Dirty Grandpa has an 11% score. Viewers seem to not mind its flaws as much, rating it higher at 44%. It all comes down to whether you can put up with watching the great DeNiro portray a foul-mouthed and somewhat perverted old man.

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19. Free Birds (2013)


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.

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20. Grown Ups 2 (2013)


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.

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