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What's Your Favorite Guilty Pleasure Movie?

In an earlier blog, I mentioned that, whenever I’m getting to know people, I love to exchange “most embarrassing moment” stories.  Not only is the process fun and revealing, it also comes in handy should one of you ever wish to extort the other.  Anyway, I was pleased by the feedback on that blog and particularly appreciated those of you who took the time to share with me your most embarrassing moments, too.  And aren’t we better friends for it?  

In any case, now it’s time to talk “guilty pleasure” movies.  Some of you might be asking yourselves, “What’s a guilty pleasure movie?”  Lest anyone be confused, I’ll do my best to define the term.  But, first, let me just say…

You’ve got ‘em.  I’ve got ‘em.  We’ve all got ‘em.  

A guilty pleasure movie is not a movie you love to hate.  Rather, it’s a movie you hate to love or, at the very least, to admit you love.  You know the ones… They’re the DVDs that you hide when people come over.  They’re the DVDs that you hide when even your best friends come over.  Why?  Because you just know that, if they see it on your shelf, they’ll think that something has gone seriously wrong with you and might even attempt to stage an intervention.  

All right, since this is my blog and since I want to be fair, I guess I have no choice but to go first… Drum roll please… OK, here goes:

It’s the Unrated Director’s Cut of the 1997 John Frankenheimer “classic”…

I’ll never forget the first time I saw this film.  I was in my last year of college in Dallas, TX.  My then-girlfriend and I went out for Mexican food, which was kind of our big Friday night ritual.  On this particular night, we ate at Mi Cocina, a Mexican joint down in the West End, which serves what are probably, to this day, the best frozen margaritas I’ve ever murdered.  Well, after about three or four of those bad boys, we staggered across the square and decided, on a whim, to catch a flick.  There wasn’t much playing that we hadn’t already seen, except for “The Island of Dr. Moreau.”  

David Thewlis, Val Kilmer, Marlon Brando, John Frankenheimer… How bad could it be, right?  

Pretty bad, as it turned out.  And yet, oddly compelling, as it also turned out.  Could it have been my state of mind at the time?  Maybe.  Could it have been the company?  Perhaps.  Could it have been that Marlon Brando wore an ice bucket on his head in one scene?  Hmm.  It’s hard to say why bad movies can sometimes be elevated to “guilty pleasure” status.  

Anyway, that’s mine.  What’s yours?

over 16 years ago 0 likes  32 comments  0 shares
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'Blank-Man' is under appreciated... ;-)
over 16 years ago
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Um, yeah, I guess it all started with trading most embarrassing stories with you... ;P Okay, here goes... My "guilty pleasure" movie that embarrassingly enough, I enjoy watching, is "The Bachelor" with Chris O'Donnell and Renee Zellweger. A corny date movie with a guy who give terrible wedding proposals and is eventually chased down the street by hundreds of brides... For some reason, I find it so silly and funny that I actually enjoy watching it. When I told my friend that I had ordered it online for only $4.99, she said "I can't believe you like that movie!". I told her "Yeah, I know... but if the movie weren't so bad, I wouldn't have been able to buy it for so cheap!"... to which she reluctantly agreed. hahahaha
over 16 years ago
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rent it, its better than it should be!
over 16 years ago
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Oh, I just remembered a second one... "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion" with Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow. Again, super corny and just plain silly. Surprisingly enough, it was the same good friend who questioned my taste for liking The Bachelor who introduced me to this movie. Maybe it was because we were roommates at the time and when we watched it together, we were able to laugh at the same goofy parts together, so it made the movie fun to watch. ;P Some other friends who I watched the movie again with later didn't find it so amusing... <=P I hope you'll still be my friend...... haha.. All I have to say is, you're the one that wanted to know! ;P
over 16 years ago
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My Best Friend's Wedding. So touching I almost proposed.
over 16 years ago
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you know my one but here's the recap - Hudson Hawk. Bruce Willis was golden in it. Its so bad it good.
over 16 years ago
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Young Guns II
over 16 years ago
Blaize1
i'm a sucker for hk romantic comedies so nine girls and a ghost and summer breeze of love, for me. biggest guily pleasure though (and also the 1st film i ever saw) ahem.......... ZORRO THE GAY BLADE!!!! an 80's comedy with perma-tan George hamilton
over 16 years ago

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