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.
After EarthGrown Ups 2The Lone RangerA Madea ChristmasMovie 43
WORST ACTORJohnny Depp: The Lone RangerAshton Kutcher: JobsAdam Sandler: Grown Ups 2Jaden Smith: After EarthSylvester Stallone: Bullet To The Head, Escape Plan, Grudge Match
WORST ACTRESSHalle Berry: Movie 43, The CallSelena Gomez: GetawayLindsay Lohan: The CanyonsTyler Perry: A Madea ChristmasNaomi Watts: Diana, Movie 43
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESSLady Gaga: Machete KillsSalma Hayek: Grown Ups 2Katherine Heigl: The Big WeddingKim Kardashian: Tyler Perry’s TemptationLindsay Lohan: In-App-Propriate Comedy, Scary Movie 5
WORST SUPPORTING ACTORChris Brown: Battle Of The YearLarry the Cable Guy: A Madea ChristmasTaylor Lautner: Grown Ups 2Will Smith: After EarthNick Swardson: A Haunted House, Grown Ups 2
WORST DIRECTORThe 13 People Who Directed Movie 43Dennis Dugan: Grown Ups 2Tyler Perry: A Madea Christmas, TemptationM. Night Shyamalan: After EarthGore Verbinski: The Lone Ranger
WORST SCREEN COMBOThe Entire Cast of Groan-Ups, TooThe Entire Cast of Movie 43Lindsay Lohan & Charlie Sheen: Scary Movie 5Tyler Perry & EITHER Larry the Cable Guy OR That Worn-Out Wig & Dress: A Madea ChristmasJaden Smith & Will Smith on Planet Nepotism: After Earth
WORST SCREENPLAYAfter Earth: Screenplay by Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan, Story by Will SmithGrown Ups 2: Written by Fred Wolfe & Adam Sandler & Tim HerlihyThe Lone Ranger: Screen Story & Screenplay by Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe & Terry RossoA Madea Christmas: Written by Tyler PerryMovie 43: Written by 19 “Screenwriters”
WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUELGrown Ups 2Hangover IIIThe Lone RangerScary Movie 5Smurfs 2
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.