5 Of This Year’s Killed Films That We Would’ve Preferred Over “The Ugly Truth”
Have I mentioned that I’m not a huge fan of Katherine Heigl? Or romantic comedies in general? Yes, I believe I have. Let the record reflect that being dragged to see “The Ugly Truth” in the theater was my worst nightmare. The movie even made my popcorn taste bad. In case you missed this winner of a film, it’s about two people in the work place with opposing points of view about love. Do I smell sexual tension resulting in a “happily ever after”? Ding ding ding! That’s why I got a little bit fired up when I saw Movieline’s amazing list of movies with interesting plots and star power that got murdered this year. As in, got quietly brushed under the rug, locked in film vaults, or sent straight to video stores to make room for the likes of Sandra Bullock’s blockbuster “The Proposal.” Kill me now. After the jump, the top five films that never were that I would have preferred over the same old BS. Film: “The Marc Pease Experience”
Star Power: Ben Stiller, Jason Schwartzman
Why It Died: This comedy written by actor Todd Louiso was put on the back burner in favor of what Paramount thought would be Stiller’s bigger hit, “The Goods: Live Hard and Sell Hard.” Neither film made it out alive.
Why It Would’ve Been Better Than “The Ugly Truth”: Because Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman are actually funny as opposed to an unmentionable blond starlet.
Star Power: Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Diane Lane
Why It Died: John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”) was shot down from Oscar winner to “straight-to-DVD” director with this crime flick. The Weinstein Company finally killed the idea of releasing it after three years of broken promises.
Why It Would’ve Been Better Than “The Ugly Truth”: At least there might have been some suspense in this one. Also Joseph Gordon-Levitt for two hours? Yes please!
Star Power: Dakota Fanning, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Kate Beckinsale
Why It Died: Rumor has it this was a bad ensemble drama that shattered to pieces when it hit theaters for a hot second.
Why It Would’ve Been Better Than “The Ugly Truth”: (1) I doubt anyone falls in love in a film called “Fragments.” (2) I would have watched in awe, as little Dakota Fanning became a woman right before my eyes. (3) The theater near my house has that amazing kettle corn popcorn seasoning.
Film: “The Maiden Heist”
Star Power: Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, William H. Macy, Marcia Gay Harden
Why It Died: Producer Bob Yari (“Crash”) made some poor business decisions and landed this comedy straight on the shelves at your local Blockbuster.
Why It Would’ve Been Better Than “The Ugly Truth”: Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, and William H. Macy walk into a bar. See? Funny already.
Star Power: Chris Pine
Why It Died: I guess Paramount didn’t want to mar “Star Trek” hottie Chris Pine’s rep with this post-apocalyptic virus thriller. Live long and prosper it did not.
Why It Would’ve Been Better Than “The Ugly Truth”: Apocalypse or stupid office romance? Apocalypse. It’s realistic, unfortunately. [Movieline]