By now we’ve learned that a movie doesn’t have to be Oscar-worthy for you to enjoy it. Every once in a while, there’s nothing wrong with being able to predict a story line and laughing anyway. These are the films that aren’t exactly good but we love them anyway.
How To Be A Player (1997)
I have to give myself the side eye for loving this movie so much when it clearly objectifies women. Dray, the man who changes women like underwear, is slimy and throughout the film you watch in anticipation wondering if his sister and her friend are ever going to trip him up and expose his philandering ways to his many “girlfriends.” Again, the story is kind of elementary and you can guess what’s going to happen pretty early on, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be thoroughly entertained.
Class Act (1992)
The Kid N’ Play duo expanded beyond the studio and even their hit string of successful House Party films to include Class Act. The movie is exceptionally predictable with the nerd and the thug having to rely on each other to get out of a pretty sticky situation. And in addition to all of that, the two even end up with women to boot.
How could we not love a movie called “Black African Princesses”? This movie is far from advanced. But somebody spent some money on it, you’re truly invested in the characters Nisi and Mickey and there’s romance suspense, and messages of female empowerment all wrapped up into one. And on an entirely different level, playing a comedic role during this time helped Halle get over her divorce from baseball player David Justice.
Jada Pinkett Smith is a good actress who really hasn’t been afforded all of the opportunities she deserves if you ask me. And I know this because Jada plays the hood role so convincingly. In fact, you’ll find she shows up in a few more of my terrible faves. But she took the cake in Woo when she was paired with the equally talented Tommy Davidson as an unlikely love interest.
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Full disclosure, I’ve never seen this movie. So I can’t talk too much about its simple awesomeness. What I do know though is that while folks will readily admit that the movie wouldn’t win any Oscars, most I’ve spoken to were quick to laud it as a hood classic. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard women, even Adrienne Bailon on “The Real,” reference Lauren London’s character “New New.”
A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
Again, with Jada. Let me tell you she made this movie. Keenen gives a monotone performance, Salli Richardson-Whitfield hadn’t yet evolved into the actress we saw in I Will Follow and Charles S. Dutton’s parts were too few and far between to actually appreciate. But Jada brought it home playing the spirited comic relief.
Roll Bounce (2005)
I have two close friends who swear by Roll Bounce. Like bought the DVD to put it in their collection. And for the longest time, I would look at them like they were crazy. But when I revisited the movie again for myself, I realized not only was it not half bad, it was definitely entertaining and the story line was actually pretty good. Not going to lie, I underestimated it.
Kingdom Come (2001)
It’s easy to assume that any film project Whoopi Goldberg is a part of would be some type of classic. But I don’t think anyone from the Academy even viewed this one. No golden men were handed out for this movie. But the antics in this film are hilarious. The ensemble cast featuring every one from Loretta Devine to Ll Cool J, to Vivica Fox, I never knew what to expect from one minute to the next. And at the end, I felt better about life and family.
Of all the movies on this list, Sprung is by far my favorite. It’s the ratchet romance I can’t get enough of. There are moments where I have literally been crying laughing. It’s that good. And sure, there are times when the acting is a little slack or overacted, but that never stops me from watching the movie several times a year. Loves it!
What are some movies you love, even though you know they’re not all that good?