The Razzie is a satirical award that serves as the antithesis to the Oscar, but in that regard it tends to be a disappointment. Basically, the Golden Raspberry foundation proclaims “to call on Hollywood’s A-Listers to ‘Own Their Bad,'” but that generally doesn’t mean, say, that the Razzies wax poetic about the worst movies released in a year in a way that cleverly riffs on the Academy’s love of self-praise. Instead, the Razzies tend to end up pandering and lazily scoring cheap shots at actors, directors and franchises that people love to hate on (admittedly, with reason).
Case in point: the latest movies released by Adam Sandler (Grown-Ups 2) and M. Night Shyamalan (After Earth) lead the pack of nominees for the 34th Annual Razzie Awards ceremony, while the official nominations breakdown includes such (not) fresh jokes about how Will and Jaden Smith played characters from Planet Nepotism (never heard that one before) and wisecracks about Tyler Perry’s Madea costume.
Read on to see if your (least) favorite movies from 2013 made the cut.
Grown Ups 2
The Lone Ranger
A Madea Christmas
Johnny Depp: The Lone Ranger
Ashton Kutcher: Jobs
Adam Sandler: Grown Ups 2
Jaden Smith: After Earth
Sylvester Stallone: Bullet To The Head, Escape Plan, Grudge Match
Halle Berry: Movie 43, The Call
Selena Gomez: Getaway
Lindsay Lohan: The Canyons
Tyler Perry: A Madea Christmas
Naomi Watts: Diana, Movie 43
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lady Gaga: Machete Kills
Salma Hayek: Grown Ups 2
Katherine Heigl: The Big Wedding
Kim Kardashian: Tyler Perry’s Temptation
Lindsay Lohan: In-App-Propriate Comedy, Scary Movie 5
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Chris Brown: Battle Of The Year
Larry the Cable Guy: A Madea Christmas
Taylor Lautner: Grown Ups 2
Will Smith: After Earth
Nick Swardson: A Haunted House, Grown Ups 2
The 13 People Who Directed Movie 43
Dennis Dugan: Grown Ups 2
Tyler Perry: A Madea Christmas, Temptation
M. Night Shyamalan: After Earth
Gore Verbinski: The Lone Ranger
WORST SCREEN COMBO
The Entire Cast of Groan-Ups, Too
The Entire Cast of Movie 43
Lindsay Lohan & Charlie Sheen: Scary Movie 5
Tyler Perry & EITHER Larry the Cable Guy OR That Worn-Out Wig & Dress: A Madea Christmas
Jaden Smith & Will Smith on Planet Nepotism: After Earth
After Earth: Screenplay by Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan, Story by Will Smith
Grown Ups 2: Written by Fred Wolfe & Adam Sandler & Tim Herlihy
The Lone Ranger: Screen Story & Screenplay by Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe & Terry Rosso
A Madea Christmas: Written by Tyler Perry
Movie 43: Written by 19 “Screenwriters”
WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL
Grown Ups 2
The Lone Ranger
Scary Movie 5
In all fairness, there are some pretty justifiable choices on here; both Grown-Ups 2 and Movie 43 ranked on Screen Rant’s own Worst of 2013 countdown, for example. Still, nominating After Earth and The Lone Ranger (neither of which are really that awful) for Worst Picture over the likes of the glorified feature-length bad Youtube skit that is Scary Movie 5 seems deserving of an eye-roll. That same goes for “recognizing” Katherine Heigl and Lady Gaga for bit performances that, frankly, aren’t that bad and were selected just as an excuse to lampoon popular targets. (And what, no love for Battle of the Year?)
Yes, it’s kind of silly to get down too much on the Razzies, but (for me, anyway) they are just not all that much fun or entertaining, given this year’s crop. Be sure and let us know if you agree/disagree, and which movies you think should’ve been nominated for the worst of 2013.
Look for the “winners” for this year’s Razzie Awards to be announced on “Oscar Eve,” on Saturday March 1st, 2014.
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