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Film critics hated these movies - and theatergoers ignored them for these films and forked over their hard-earned money. Here's 10 critically-panned movies that were successful in the theater:
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
This movie was SAVAGED by critics (20% Rotten Tomatoes) and made over $400 million. Fans paid to go see it despite herky-jerky camera work that left you unsure of what was actually going on during a fight scene. Of course, Michael Bay got to indulge his itch to blow stuff up. Go Figure.
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Theatergoers delivered a fatality to critics (33% Rotten Tomatoes) and swarmed to this movie to the tune of over $100 million. To my recollection, it's one of the few, if maybe even the only movie to be based on an arcade game that didn't get laughed out of the theaters immediately. Dig Dug is still awaiting its chance.
Garfield: The Movie (2004)
Even a 15% Rotten Tomatoes rating didn't prevent a sequel. The sad thing was that Garfield stopped be relevant or funny in the comics at least 15 years before this movie was made. What annoyed me even more was that they used a CGI Garfield, but a real-life dog to play Odie. Yeah... that would have been a computer animator's DREAM to make a dog like Odie.. with all tongue. If they could do that with Scooby-Doo, why not here?
The Golden Child (1986)
Even though it stunk (26%), it nearly made $100 million on Eddie Murphy's name alone. It was after Beverly Hills Cop made him an international superstar and he hadn't started making dumb career decisions like Norbert and Pluto Nash until much, much later.
Batman & Robin (1997)
Critically-panned (12%), it made over $100 million and George Clooney refunding people's money isn't a deduction. This was such a star-studded movie, I was surprised it was as bad as it was. Not even Arnold Schwarzenegger could save this travesty.
What saved it was a strong overseas showing to earn nearly $400 million total - which probably broke even with the marketing campaign. I remember the hype for this film - ads in every subways station with catchy slogans about size mattering. Cool trailers that wound up showing the only good parts of the movie. It could have been so, so much better. Fortunately, Sarah Jessica Parker's hit on Sex and the City prevented Matthew Broderick from living a life of poverty after that.
Hey man.. who would have thought a stoner comedy (29%) could make twice its budget? Pass the chips. Of course, it had one of the best all-time "I quit" scenes: "F**k You. F**k You. F**k You. You're cool. F**k You. I'm out!" This was what got Dave Chappelle on the radar so he could have his awesome comedy show.
Weekend at Bernie's (1989)
Not even a 48% rating could keep them from making TWO movies about hanging out with a dead guy. Andrew McCarthy also appreciated it keeping his career alive for longer than it should have. Jonathan Silverman is actually still acting, though his most recent show, Monday Mornings, was cancelled by TNT.
Patch Adams (1998)
Despite Robin Williams with a clown nose that people wanted to punch, it raked over $100 million in the U.S. I saw it in the theater and I almost had to get a glucose check afterwards, it was that sappy. Williams didn't care - he got to laugh all the way to the bank.
Grown Ups (2010)
Grown men acting like buffoons got it past a 10% rating to the tune of over $150 million and a sequel this past summer. It doesn't help that I find two of the leads in the movie, Adam Sandler and Kevin James, to be two of the most annoying comic actors on the planet. Chris Rock is still cool and I think Rob Schneider and David Spade were just thrilled to have work.
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Episode 1. Mama Drama (Pilot)
(AIR DATE 09/14/2009)
Having supported dozens of friends and family members over the years, comedian Eddie Griffin finds himself in a financial hole, and as a result, his mom Doris moves in to help get his life back on track. And give him a swift kick to the rear. Later, Eddie enlists the aid of Pee Wee and J.C. to raise money by selling t-shirts at one of his comedy shows.
Episode 2. Love Is Blind
(AIR DATE 09/21/2009)
Eddie's blind cousin and her blind husband come for a visit. After Eddie's mother Doris moves in with Eddie to be the "strong woman" in his life she insists he invite his new girlfriend over for dinner so she can get to know her better.
Episode 3. Karma's A Bitch
(AIR DATE 09/28/2009)
After a scary incident at a nightclub leaves Eddie with a scar on his face, he goes on a spiritual journey to fix his karma - which may prove tougher than he thought after his expensive Bentley is repossessed.
Episode 4. Working Clean
(AIR DATE 10/05/2009)
Tired of never being able to see his family because his hectic life as a comedian keeps him on the road, Eddie decides to get his old band back together in hopes of mounting a Las Vegas stage show. Pee Wee and Eddie Junior, aspiring singers, take their songs to music producer Teddy Riley to get a professional opinion. Later, Eddie speaks in front of an inner city church.
Episode 5. Opportunity Rocks!
(AIR DATE 10/12/2009)
Eddie travels to Las Vegas to pitch his stage show to Planet Hollywood. Doris tags along with her son Eddie to reunite with the Red Hatters. J.C. spars in a boxing match for an opportunity to fight for Golden Boy Promotions.
Episode 6. Going For Broke
(AIR DATE 10/19/2009)
Eddie's ex-wife and children travel to Los Angeles for a visit. Eddie has to frantically race between Palm Springs and Las Vegas for J.C.'s boxing match and his audition at Planet Hollywood.