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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?

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Hey Dax, Mine would be Dumb and Dumber, The Replacements, My Best Friend's Wedding.
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Mi Cocina is one of my favorite restaurants in the West Village! Brunch there is to die for. Well, Dax-y, sweethahwt, oddly, the films that my friends have most effectively staged interventions against in my life are the wholesome, happy ones...(what kind of sick friends do I have?) Hayley Mills' perky little repertoire, gushingly candy-colored fantasies like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And musicals! Yeah. It was really hard to admit during my grunge phase.
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Don't Be A Menace In South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood yes, that is the actual title of my "guilty pleasure" flick.
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last tango in Paris
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don quixote with john lithgow.i know i could have gotten a different version but i like mr. lithgow.course, its not sooo like the book but i enjoyed it.brings a smile now as i think of the movie.overboard with goldie hawn is another.gosh, too many.its like marmite, either u love it or hate it type movies.
over 11 years ago
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Hi, Question Have you ever watched one of those films where you're not sure if it's the booze or the movie.....i have and the name of my guilty pleasures are ...Super girl and Problem Child they are piss poor and hard to watch and are funny when they shouldn't be must be a kick back from my childhood. I do have a copies of both which are hidden out of sight covered in dust from anyone who has any taste at all.(They were brought as presents by a friend) honestly. If i am ever found out my street cred will be gone.
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hahaha Ok, I will take back my comment and maybe might be, the notebook, I mean is a good movie also, but too much romantic, i know many ppl hate it for that, but not me, I can cry from the first still the end, and no matter how many times I saw it, everytime is like my first time, Lol And a really really bad movie, The Losty boys with corey haim, haha ooooo my Fav, the Laberynt with David Bowie, I was in love with him for many years because that ugly movie, Lol
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Okay.....Rocky Horror Picture Show....The Birds...Vertigo.... those are the ones of the top of my head, I'm sure I have many more
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'Blank-Man' is under appreciated... ;-)
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good lord, I must be missing a gene or something, it's never occured to my to hide any of my movies or not admit to watching one (no matter how bad it is). I did buy Bad Taste for nostelgic reasons (it is really REALLY bad but it was Peter Jackson's first film, and I saw it with about 3 other people in a deserted run down theatre when I was a student, the theatre was the Embassy in Wgtn and was the only one that would show his film. This is one of the reasons he helped upgrade it and the final LOTR was premiered there). I would also like to buy Meet the Feebles which is incredibly dodgy and quite sick but I quite enjoyed it (eek, I can't believed I just admitted that - yay, I found one). I really like "A little princess" which I imagine is very uncool.
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Hmm...I can't even think of one right now. I'll have to come back and tell ya
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my friends always loved "Goonies" for some reason. i don't remember a thing about that movie.
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How about that so-called "sequel" to The Wizard of Oz? hahaha! What's that called again?
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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
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rent it, its better than it should be!
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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 11 years ago
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I have a couple: 1. How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days 2. She's the Man 3. My Best Friend's Wedding 4. Wedding Planner 5. Monster-in-Law Ooh and that one with Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney (I forgot how to spell his name).
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hahhaa I have so many guilty pleasure movies! Clueless Pretty Woman Charlies Angels (all of them) Legally Blonde ...you get the idea hahahhaa
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Hahaha numbers 1,3 & 5 of Ren Ren's list are on my list too. Also on the list would be Overboard with Kurtt Russell & Goldy Hawn. As far as state of mind contributing to one's reaction to a film all I can tell you is I saw the original Poseidon Adventure after smoking about a pound of weed way back when & I cried my ass off all the way thru it. I practically howled with grief. when Shelly Winters bought it. Talk about staging an intervention. That night my friends settled for moving two rows to the back of me & pretending I was a stranger.
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure .... hehe Keanu Reeves was so cute in that show....
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Well, MindyG already said "Bill & Ted's Adventure".... So....there's one that I absolutely love but I don't think it's a bad picture: Johnny Depp in "Don Juan DeMarco." That's just a plain lusty, guilty movie because he's so freakin' hot in it (Depp, not Brando!). I also like the old Disney film, "Blackbeard's Ghost" with Peter Ustinov and Dean Jones. Brilliant! haha!
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Oh gosh, that's a hard one! Off the top of my head I'd have to say "Mr. Vampire" but a quick look at my movies reveals many more! Jason X, Ballistic Ecks vs. Sever, Vertical Limit, Little Nicky...if I had to choose one though it would probably have to be Conmen in Vegas =P
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Guilty pleasure movies... I do have quite a few. The Pirate (it's an old Gene Kelly/Judy Garland musical... really horrible cheese), Dumb and Dumber, and pretty much any J-Lo flick (Best one, the wedding planner)... I can't help it. I love her movies. Clueless is another good one and (this is super embarrassing but I own it so I'll cop to it) Crossroads. And there ya have it.
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whoa, I was going to do a similar blog yesterday..ended up ging down music route instead!. Anyway yeah I think I own tons of guilty pleasure movies, a few are 1. The Adominable Dr Phibes(you gotta love Vincent Price). 2. The Punisher(1989 version) 3. Dirty Dancing ( I know it was a hit, but for someone who takes the mickey out of chick-flicks and irks my friends...this gets me a lot of stick from them). 4. Red Sonja 5. Sky High. Oh and I liked the island of Dr Moreau, but in it's original format, 'the island of lost souls'(1933)...going back a few years!
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Mine would be- the original Freaky Friday - Jodie Foster! Anger Management - groosfaba & the Derek Jeter cameo Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle - just stupid funny and for Neil Patrick Harris
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Hmm...thought of 1 more..... Unfaithful.... ( By Diane Lane, Richard Gere & Olivier Martinez)
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Ok, I think I've thought of a couple: Dude, Where's My Car? Stepmom
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Mothra altho that one might be one of those good bad classics. Or is it bad good *shrug* Anyhow I just loved those teeny tiny twins people wanted to steal & how they kept chanting 'Mothra, Mothra'. The American Pie series also came to mind. Those are guilty pleasures because a woman my age has no business thinking they're funnier than hell.
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My Best Friend's Wedding. So touching I almost proposed.
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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.
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Young Guns II
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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
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