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Movies that failed to live up to their potential

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Versatile, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Let's eliminate sequels off the bat because the thread could be flooded with them otherwise. We're talking movies you walked into the theater expecting to love that then couldn't meet that standard, so it's not necessarily bad movies, either.

    "I Am Sam" was one for me. I thought that would be awesome, but then it just wasn't. It was boring. It was sappy. Sean Penn was great, but no one else was. And it all was too neat and tidy.
  2. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Pineapple Express
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    One that stands out is "Mullholland Falls." I'd heard about it when they were making it, and even stuck with it when I learned it was a January release. Nick Nolte, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Chazz Palmenterri and Jennifer Connoly in kind of a Chinatown knock-off.
    Script by Pete Dexter, Produced by the Zanucks. It sucked bad. Nolte seemed to be hungover for every scene, the script built up to something and just went nowhere.
    LA Confidential helped get me over it.

    And I'll throw in any post-Knocked Up Judd Apatow movie.
  4. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    Road to Perdition
  5. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Weird. I think it's a very good, but not great, movie.

    For me, it's another Tom Hanks film -- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. The preview ads for it sold it well. The movie itself was meh.
  6. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    To me it was OK, but it fell way short of my expectations.
  7. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Every Star Wars movie after Empire Strikes Back.
  8. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member


    Yeah it has some great scenes and inside info on how things used to go down in Vegas, but in the end it's a love triangle in which you hate all three participants.
  9. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    Godfather 3
  10. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    I agree with HC completely. Godfather III was a waste.
  11. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    A lot of movies that fall into this category, for me, are those that sell out the first 90-100 minutes with a focus group-approved ending: "Source Code" and "Ruby Sparks" come to mind, recently.
  12. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Well, you did your best. :)
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