There is no accounting for taste with some movies. Every year, several films that hit theaters are loaded with bad acting, plot holes and hackneyed dialogue. The funny thing is that a fair share are crowd pleasers and end up being box office hits. This trend continues even though these movies are the cinematic equivalent of junk food and leave nothing but empty calories behind in a moviegoer's cinematic palate.
These six 2009 movies managed to be a hit even while being terrible in every sense of the word:
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen":
Basing a movie franchise off a line of popular 80s action figures is not a formula for inspired cinema. Throwing director Michael Bay into the mix makes it 10 times worse. Bay is infamous for churning out movies that use non-stop action and special effects to cover up cardboard characters, cheesy dialogue and plot holes the size of a crater. It still hauled in $836,303,693 worldwide. The reason this sequel to "Transformers" made money? Two words: Megan Fox.
It is sad to see the once promising "X-Men" movie franchise sink to new depths with each sequel. This Wolverine back story is an assault on the senses. There is too many characters with too little to do and too many mutants hanging around for the sole purpose of showing off some cool new power. The simple minds behind "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" apparently have never heard of the concept that less is more. It did not stop the movie from grossing $373,062,864 worldwide.
The end of the current Mayan calendar cycle later this year offers up a source of speculation for tons of people who believe it signals the end of the world. Movies like "2012" attempt to strike an end to cinema as we know it. From bad science to wooden acting, there is plenty of material to supply unintentional laughter here. Considering Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were behind this disaster film, none of this should be surprising. They made a name for themselves on big-budget special effects laden clunkers that skip the finer points of good filmmaking. It is a winning formula, though, considering "2012" made $769,679,473 worldwide.
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra":
The "Transformers" formula is alive and well in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." A popular line of 80s action figures is turned into a movie with an incomprehensible plot, cardboard characters and an overload of unrealistic visual effects. It does not matter. Audiences did not seem to care that this movie was terrible, since it grossed $302,469,017 worldwide and a sequel is currently in production.
Kevin James has become the new Rob Schneider. That is definitely not a compliment. James benefits from his friendship with Adam Sandler the way Schneider has done by getting awful comedies with him as the star rushed into production. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" is not all that funny and it offers evidence that James needs to go back to TV where he belongs. Still, audiences did not seem to mind watching the misadventures of a mall security guard. It raked in $183,293,131 worldwide and paved the way for more terrible comedies starring James.
"The Ugly Truth":
It seems like Katherine Heigl is determined to make people hate her. Heigl makes self-centered comments off-camera and plays a nasty tempered career woman looking for love in "The Ugly Truth." She follows the basic romantic comedy script and overcomes her irritating quirks and selfishness to finally hook up with an equally irritating man played by Gerard Butler. This is not one of the better romantic comedies out there by a long shot. It made little difference in the long run, as "The Ugly Truth" grossed $205,298,907 worldwide in theaters.