Do you have a penchant for stupid films? Are Sharknado, Without A Paddle or Freddie Got Fingered among your all-time favorite films. Did you relish in the moment Adam Sandler played two starring roles in Jack and Jill? If this sounds like you, you’re probably used to people calling your taste in movies utter trash, but you can tell those people to shove it. Having bad taste in movies actually means you’re really, really smart.
According to a study published earlier this month in Poetics, smart, highly-educated people are more likely to favor terrible, poorly made films.
In the study, participants answered online questions about why they enjoy movies that are considered trashy. The survey marked these films as having embarassing, disturbing content and/or cheap, poorly made production quality. Think Sharknado and Plan 9 From Outer Space or The Room. Sharknado and Plan 9 were actually the top-ranked, so-bad-they’re-good movies.
It turned out that the majority of people who claimed to like those movies were well-educated,, intelligent people that the study called “cultural omnivores.” These people have an eclectic taste in the types of culture they consume meaning they can enjoy deeply meaningful foreign films or politically-driven documentaries the same as they can enjoy the entire Adam Sandler discography.
So, if you happen to find yourself embarrassed at your Netflix queue, remember that re-watching Leprechaun for the 10th time means you’re probably really, really smart.