List by Tosca
"Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day."
- Samuel Goldwyn
I'm a Kevin Smith fan and by 'Kevin Smith' I mean Kevin Smith of Jay & Silent Bob fame. I was watching Dogma the other night on Sky and I was sitting there thinking, 'There are absolute moments of great madness in amongst the Rickman-as-an-anatomically incorrect angel, big poop monster and Alanis-as-God moments...this is so stupid it's genius!' Weirdly I feel like that about most of his movies. The idea, however, for this Top 5 list came from a re-watching of Tenacious D's film 'Pick of destiny' starring Jack Black and Kyle Gass - a film so strange, weird, musically brilliant yet ridiculous that I had no choice but to jot down my idea of Top 5 Movies So Stupid They're Genius! Why is it that every one of my choices below contains offensive language, some violence and either sexual references or sex scenes? That was wholly unintentional, I assure you. Although it says a lot about my awful sense of humour.
Yes, I am aware that this list is incredibly subjective and I'm a firm believer that one man's EWW is another man's OOH so if you have any other film you'd like to add to this list feel free to leave it as a comment ;)
Honourable mention - none of which we hold anymore:
Jay & Silent Bob strike back
The sweetest thing
Dude, where's my car?
Dumb and dumber
Be kind, rewind [DVD] starring Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Melonie Diaz
Memorable quote: Anything you say can and will be held against you...in the court of Robocop.
Jerry (Jack Black) is a junkyard worker who attempts to sabotage a power plant he suspects of causing his headaches. But he inadvertently causes his brain to become magnetized, leading to the unintentional destruction of all the movies in his friend's (Mos Def) store. In order to keep the store's one loyal customer, an elderly lady with a tenuous grasp on reality, the pair re-create a long line of films including The Lion King, Rush Hour, Ghostbusters, When We Were Kings, Back to the Future, Driving Miss Daisy, and Robocop, putting themselves and their townspeople into it. Soon, they become the biggest stars in their neighborhood. Rated M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains offensive language.
Tosca's note: I didn't like the movie itself (bit slow and I detest those movies where the mom & pop stores get put out of business by corporate ideals) but thought the parts where Jerry et al remake their own versions of movies was totally hilarious - they should've had more scenes like that.
Pick of destiny [DVD] starring Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Jason Reed, Troy Gentile, Paul F. Tompkins, David Grohl
Memorable quote: Give us one chance to rock your socks off.
Witness the birth of Tenacious D, the self-proclaimed greatest rock band of all time. On a fateful day on Venice beach, JB and KG meet and realize that they were destined to make history by combining their musical genius. But when overnight success eludes them, they set out to find the legendary "Pick of Destiny"--A special guitar pick believed to possess magical powers that can turn any open-mike wannabe into a rock legend. Restricted 16. Restricted to persons 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains offensive language, drug use and sexual content that may offend.
Tosca's note: Tenacious D in their own movie - crazy! Jack Black's voice is truly fantastic and the harmonies, oohh the harmonies ;) Whoever decided to cast Dave Grohl as Satan? I salute you. If I have one gripe, it's that the music on here, as good as it is, is nowhere near as awesome as their song 'Tribute.' What happened??
Snakes on a plane [DVD] starring Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, Rachel Blanchard, Flex Alexander, Kenan Thompson, Keith "Blackman" Dallas, Lin Shaye, Bruce James, Sunny Mabrey
Memorable quote: Enough is enough! I have had it with these *expletive deleted* snakes on this *expletive deleted* plane!
Nelville Flynn is escorting a witness on a plane that is bound for Los Angeles. The problem is that an assassin is bent on killing the witness. The assassin releases a crate containing about 450 deadly snakes onto the same plane. Nelville finds out and he becomes bent on doing his job and getting the snakes back where they belong - on land. If the snakes won't cooperate with Nelville, he will just have to send the snakes on to snake heaven. Rated M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains violence, offensive language and sex scenes.
Tosca's note: Does the memorable quote lose it's chutzpah when I have to insert *expletive deleted* in place of the actual swear word? You betcha :) I have met 2 people who enjoyed this movie: myself and my 6 year old nephew Kalani. That's it. Everyone else I mention it to hated it. Does that change my opinion about the movie? Heck no ;) It's brilliant and I wonder why it wasn't done before. I can imagine how that meeting went: "You have a plane. You have some people. Chuck in some snakes!" And I firmly believe that only Samuel L. Jackson is the only person on earth who can deliver that quote and mean it.
Fanboys [DVD] starring Dan Fogler, Kristen Bell, Jay Baruchel, Sam Huntington, Christopher Marquette with cameos by Seth Rogen, William Shatner, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams
Memorable quote: Are you kidding? I'm William Shatner. I can score anything.
Four diehard Star Wars fans take a road trip to break into the ranch owned by George Lucas to steal a copy of Star Wars: Episode I before it's released, in order to fulfill a dying friend's wish. M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains offensive language and sexual references.
Tosca's note: Totally geeky choice that can be seen as a tribute to Star Wars - a kinda love trinket, if you will (yeah, I know how odd that sounds! Try typing it!). Yes the movie is tongue-in-cheek about the stereotypical Star Wars fan but it's not in a mean way. An hilarious film that is also sentimental (which works, funnily enough).
Clerks II [DVD] starring Kevin Smith, Jeff Anderson, Brian O'Hallloran, Rosario Dawson, Trevor Fehrman, Jennifer Schwalbach, Jason Mewes
Memorable quote: All right, look, there's only one "Return," okay, and it ain't "of the King," it's "of the Jedi."
In 10 years, the world has changed but life at the Quick Stop remains scarily the same. Bad attitude slackers Dante and Randal are still firing wise-ass one-liners at their customers' expense - but they're not cynical young dudes anymore - more like pudgy, vulgar thirtysomethings in a dead-end job. And then a calamity at Dante and Randall's shops sends them looking for new horizons - but they ultimately settle at Mooby's, a fictional Disney-McDonald's-style fast-food empire. Rated M: Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains offensive language and sexual references.
Tosca's note: Dante and Randal are back and they're as cynical as ever. I love the way these guys take the mike out of everything and everyone (Randal more than Dante). The scene where Elias meets another Hobbit-lover and Dante lay the smack downeth? YUSS! Classic.