Sharknado 2: The Second One (I’ll let you write your own jokes here) received a 48% on Rotten Tomatoes’ “Tomatometer” putting it solidly in the mediocre and forgettable category. But here is a quick list (in no particular order) of some brilliant movies that somehow scored worse than Sharknado 2. I know there are many more, please leave your suggestions in the comments.
1) Hot Rod (2007) – 40%
Andy Samburg, Jorma Taccone, Isla Fischer, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, and Ian McShane – awesome cast starring and directed by the Lonely Island crew of SNL fame. This movie is hilarious and awesome. It’s starts off great and just gets more ridiculous.
2) Hook (1991) – 31%
Steven Spielberg directed this! And it’s starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, and Bob Hoskins – what a solid group of actors. It’s whimsical and funny but also has some real serious parts, and who could ever forget “BANGARANG!” and “Rufio, Rufio, Ru-Fi-Ooooooooo!”?
3) Tommy Boy (1995)– 44%
Chris Farley and David Spade are fantastic together. Dan Aykroyd is in it too! And so is Rob Lowe! It’s comedy gold from start to finish with both intelligent gags as well as the classics. It’s a great sort of coming of age story and the end will leave you smiling, and laughing.
4) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990) – 45%
It was a phenomenal undertaking – I’ll give it that. This is a really hard concept to move to the big screen. It’s not overly childish and there are very real and serious moments involving the brothers. It’s great to watch as a kid and there’s a lot to re-watch as an adult.
5) Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1993) – 45%
This is it. This is what brought us Jim Carrey (Dumb and Dumber didn’t come out until the next year, so there). And a pre-Friends Courtney Cox is in it too! And you also get to watch the beginning and end of Dan Marino’s failed acting career. It’s pure brilliant physical comedy that must be watched.
6) Billy Madison (1995) – 46%
Again, really bringing Adam Sandler into the main folds of society (We can forgive him for Jack and Jill, right? Maybe?). If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I have two questions for you, 1) how does it feel to live in a bomb shelter? And 2) what’s the bathroom situation like down there?
7) The Mighty Ducks (1992) – 12%
Really? Only a 12%? That’s not right. Come on, Emilio is fantastic in this, it has so many great life lessons, like don’t drink and drive – but if you do you won’t kill anyone, you’ll just find validation in life by coaching a peewee team to greatness and defeating your former evil coach who you’ve resented for twenty years… Maybe that’s not a great lesson.
8) Grandma’s Boy (2006) – 18%
Allan Covert and Peter Dante, also known as Adam Sandler’s friends from college, have their own movie. And it’s hilarious. Also the grandma from Everybody Loves Raymond is the grandma in this too. I think maybe she’s type cast. It’s a great stoner comedy with a lot of fantastic one-liners.
9) Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – 31%
Anyone who has ever been to camp can appreciate this movie. And even if you haven’t gone to camp you’ll still marvel at the brilliant writing, fantastic and random acting with a lot of surprise cast. Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter, David Hyde Pierce, and Janeane Garofalo star in this ridiculous comedy about… stuff. And there’s so much more to it.
10) Man on Fire (2004) – 39%
Denzel Washington is one of the best actors we have on Earth right now. And he absolutely crushes this role. This movie also has Christopher Walken in it to really seal the deal to any pop-culture junkies like myself. It’s directed by Tony Scott (Spy Game, Enemy of the State, Crimson Tide) and he does a brilliant job at the helm. It’s fast-paced yet methodical but with plenty of awesome twists along the way. I don’t want to spoil anything so here is my favorite line from that movie as well as one of my favorite movie quotes of all time.
11) Super Troopers (2002) – 35%
Great acting, great comedy, great gags, great mustaches – what more do you people want? We all hate traffic cops, at least I do, we’ve all gotten speeding or parking tickets we know we didn’t deserve but it’s great to see things from the other side and realize they’re human after all. Even if they’re all completely insane.
12) The Boondock Saints (1999) – 20%
A phenomenal story of vigilantism. With guns. Lots of guns. Two Irish-American fraternal twins set out to right the wrongs of seedy Boston. With guns. It’s starring a pre-Walking Dead Norman Reedus who everyone loves in that show. There’s a lot of great Irish hijinks in this film but don’t forget that it is serious and a really interesting take on vigilantism in a more modern society.
I know there are tons others but I wanted to keep this moderately short. What other film suggestions do you all have?