2008 Movies In Review: The Worst

With the end of the year fast approaching, and 2009 gearing up for a fresh onslaught of films to dump on the unsuspecting viewer, we decided to take a look back over the year that was and showcase our best and worst movie reviews of the year. Since we’d rather hear bad news first, we start off with the bottom of the barrel in 2008 films. These are the worst of the worst, and should be avoided at all costs. If you’ve already seen them, we can do nothing but commiserate with you over the time you will never get back.

Runners-Up: 1 Star

Speed Racer (2008)

    Coming in at an almost-as-bad second place finish of 1 star were 4 films – 2 of which we saw during our Summer At The Movies -2008 Edition. The Wachowski Brothers started things off badly with the awful Speed Racer (2008), an awful kaleidoscope of a special effects film whose only saving grace was the quirky Christina Ricci.
Babylon AD (2008)

    It probably comes as no surprise that Vin Diesel shows up on our “Worst Of” list, with his abysmal Babylon A.D. (2008). Why do we keep going to his flicks despite so many disappointments? Give credit to the trailers department – even with the shlock he continues to churn out, they turn that minute and a half of trailer into an engaging and exciting teaser again and again.
Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008)

    Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008) is also in this 1 star range. With racial slurs aplenty and even worse jokes than the original, this was one film that never should have gotten a sequel. Toss in the utterly bizarre throwaway performance by Neil Patrick Harris (who was a surprising shining light of humor in the first film), and even the teaming of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (TV) correspondents Rob Corrdry and Ed Helms in a few scene-stealing sequences isn’t enough to save this one from the trash heap.
88 Minutes (2008)

    Rounding out the runners-up for worst films of the year, sadly, was the promising 88 Minutes (2008). With a sadly lackluster performance by the great Al Pacino and a older-than-dirt plot line without any real surprises, this smaller Pacino film was one of the biggest disappointments of our year.

The Worst Of The Worst: 0.5 Stars

The Happening (2008)

    While 2007 only gave us one horrendous film (Redline (2007)), 2008 had the distinction of giving us 2 equally bad films – You Don’t Mess With the Zohan (2008) and The Happening (2008). While Adam Sandler’s so-called “comedy” followed an utterly ridiculous plot with a lot of horrible over-acting and stupid racial slurs, M. Night Shymalan’s The Happening (2008) was actually the bigger disappointment, with a cast that seemed to purposely try to act as little as possible turned this end-of-the-world scenario into nothing but a bad joke.

Not On The List

Since there are so many movies that come out each year, there’s no way we could’ve seen them all and still done anything else, so there are a few we haven’t seen yet. Among these is The Love Guru (2008), Mike Myers summertime bomb that, if any of the other critics are close, probably would have earned a spot in our “Worst Of” list.

So there you have it: our worst reviewed films of 2008! Were these the bottom of your list as well, or do you think we’re way off base? Leave a comment and let us know, then come back tomorrow and check out our “Best Of” list!

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