Top Ten Guilty Pleasure Movies of All Time Part Deux

Introduction

For those wondering about the title to this hub, it's essentially a reference to one of my all time favorite parody films, "Hot Shots: Part Deux." Although I already published my top ten list of guilty pleasure movies, I still felt bad that I had to leave out a lot of other films; hence the dilemma when you do a top ten list of anything.

As for those wondering on whether to consider this new list over the old one I created, my only advice to you all is try to think of this hub as tier 2 of an ongoing series. Meaning that the movies that were listed in part 1 are tier one; thus they would be ranked higher on my guilty pleasure list in comparison to the ones listed here. And if I ever did a part 3 to this series, then those would be deemed tier 3, where they'd be deemed lower on my list of favorite guilty pleasure films than the first two. Anyways, as we all know, all moviegoers have their share of guilty pleasure movies they love to watch.

By that, I mean we all had our share of movies that we love to watch that we know are notoriously bad movies to begin with, yet for some damn reason, we find ourselves liking them anyway. For some people, it might something like "The Transformers" movies, or it could be a film like "Batman: The Movie" starring Adam West for example. Whatever the case may be, I'm sure we're all guilty of loving films that we know aren't really that good to begin with.

Take in mind, this is NOT my all time favorite movie list, as all of these wouldn't make the cut. However, this is a list of the movies that I deeply enjoy even though I know they're not popular films by film critics, or even most audiences.

Anyways without further delay, lets start the show.


20. Pee Wee's Big Adventure

Growing up, this used to be one of my favorite movies all time. Sadly over the years, I've come to realize just how flawed it truly is. The story is fairly stupid to say the least, and the film's main focus is more on the antics that Pee Wee gets into trying to find his bike rather than trying to tell any kind of comprehensible narrative story.

However, that's exactly why I love every minute of this movie. Sure the story is half hazardly stupid, but it's how the story is told that makes it very unpredictable. You never know where the story will take you next, but when it does, you can't help but find yourself laughing at how ingenuously clever it is.

Granted, I would never say that "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" is among the best comedies that I've ever seen, but it's still one of the funnier ones out there.

19. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls

If you haven't figured this out by now after reading my earlier review of this film, then I should tell you that I'm a brony. Granted, you'll never see me attend any kind of brony conventions, nor will you ever see me analyze the series on hubpages. However, after watching a few episodes, I have to say I'm hooked on the series. It's surprisingly very well written for a kids' show, and features a lot of great animation as well.

Having said all that, the film does leave a lot to be desired. The story is extremely predictable, and it does a poor job at developing a lot of the characters, as the entire film relies on the fact that the audience is already familiar with the franchise. Sadly, this does eliminate the possibility that this film will ever appeal to anyone outside of it's already established fan base to attract more fans.

Not to mention most of the songs are forgettable; along with a poorly written love story subplot that features a bland love interest in Flash Sentry.

However, if you're a fan of this series, then you might like it, as it has a lot of references to the show. Not to mention the voice acting is top notch. Overall if you're already a fan of this franchise, then it's worth checking out.

Warning: Contains Extreme Violence. Parental Discretion is Advised

18. The Expendables 2

For those questioning my heterosexual street cred after mentioning "My LIttle Pony: Equestria Girls" on this list, then allow me to reconfirm my masculinity by naming a real man's movie like "The Expendables 2." Not that there's anything wrong with being gay, as even some of my closest friends happen to be gay. As Seinfeld would say, "Not that there's anything wrong with it." Anyway, I apologize for the bad joke if I offended anyone, but moving on.

Like the first one, the story is only there to set up the action scenes, and to give an excuse for why we're watching a lot of our old school action heroes kicking a** and taking names. It's like the old saying goes, "Story? We don't need no stinking story!" Damn right we don't. Nah as "The Expendables 2" proved, all you need for a good old fashion fun manly film is a bunch of guys blowing crap up, while uttering one liners. Oh yeah. What more could you ask for from a man's film right?


17. Battleship

Speaking of manly guilty pleasure movies, lets talk about that god awful piece of crap movie we all like to call "Battleship." For those that haven't heard of this film, it was loosely based on Hasbro's classic board game of the same name. Except instead of battleships fighting each other, you have aliens that invade the Earth's seas, and our own Navy is the only thing that can stop them.

Needless to say, this film's story is arguably one of the worst ones ever written. Not to mention the fact that it tries too hard to be another "Independence Day" kind of film, minus all the charm, that it just ends up becoming one giant mess.

However, that's exactly why it's on this list. Although this movie is probably one of the worst films that I've ever seen, but it's still entertaining to watch just to see how bad it truly is. It's almost reminiscent of such films like "The Room" and "Barry Gordy's Last Dragon", where it tries to take itself so seriously that it just ends up becoming kind of a joke. Definitely worth checking out if you're one of those kind of movie fans that love making fun of bad films.

16. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

It seems like only yesterday that JIm Carrey was still making slapstick comedies like these. Although I won't say this is Jim Carrey's best film, but it's still fairly enjoyable to watch.

The story involves a pet detective named Ace Ventura, who gets hired to find out what happened to the Miami Dolphins' mascot about a few weeks before the super bowl. In hindsight, the film's premise is rather silly, and the jokes can often get in the way of the story it's trying to convey.

But overall, it's a very fun movie to watch, as you never quite know what to expect. Sure, you know things will be fine by the end of the film, but it's how it gets from point A to point B that makes this movie a treat to watch.

Warning: Contains Adult Language, Suggestive Dialogue and Adult Innuendos. Parental Discretion is Advised

15. Tenacious D

The story is fairly simple. Jack Black is a young man that dreams of becoming a rock star, and soon finds a mentor in Kyle Gass that shows him the way. Together they form a rock band called "Tenacious D." The only problem? They kind of suck; hence why they journey to find the legendary guitar pick of destiny. It's been said that this pick has been in the hands of many of world's greatest rock bands of all time, but it's only been spoken of in legends. Where is the pick's location? The last known location is that it's safely locked away in the "Rock and Roll" hall of fame, so in order for "Tenacious D" to become a legendary rock band, they must break into the museum to attain the pick of destiny.

Along the way, they run into all sorts of hijinks, and plenty of jumping the shark moments that come right out of nowhere. Granted, the film is arguably one of the stupidest films ever made in terms of it's story, and the narrative is written very nonsensical to where it never feels like anything gets achieved by the end. If anything, the film tends to focus more on the comedy aspects rather than telling any kind of cohesive story.

However, the comedy is funny, and it never seems to have a dull moment. Even during some of the movie's sillier scenes, it still comes off as enjoyable to watch. Not to mention, the soundtrack to this movie is tasteful as well.

"Tenacious D" may not be the best rock group in the world, but they're arguably one of the funniest comedy duos that you'll ever see in a movie.

Warning: Contains some adult language. Parental Discretion is advised

14. Billy Madison

As many of my followers know, I'm a huge Adam Sandler fan at heart. Granted, a lot of his films are half hazardly stupid, with a lot of pointless scenes. Not to mention downright cheesy at times, and they're very predictable to boot. However, the strength with a lot of Adam's earlier films isn't in it's own narrative. No, it's in the jokes, and how most of his earlier films often embraced the concept that it's a stupid movie in itself; which makes it that much more fun to watch.

Unlike some of Adam Sandler's recent attempts to be funny like "Jack and Jill", it's comedies like "Billy Madison" that remind us that he's still capable of coming up with some funny stuff for his films.

In "Billy Madison", he plays a rich guy that needs to go back to school in order to prove to his father that he's worthy of inheriting the family business. However, the best part about this movie isn't so much the narrative, but rather the jokes and hijinks that Billy gets into along the way. It's how the movie itself never bothers to take itself too seriously that it becomes genuinely funny.

13. Batman Forever

Although I'll never forgive Schumacher for how much he ruined Batman with his horrendous "Batman & Robin" movie, I have to admit that his earlier attempt with "Batman Forever" wasn't that bad.

Sure, the film outright sucks when you compare it to the previous Batman movies that came out prior to it, but we have to try to understand what Schumacher and Warner Bros. were going for at the time.

As some movie fans know, the 1989 version of "Batman" was perhaps the first dark portrayal of the character on the big screen. Unfortunately, "Batman" was released during a time when the superhero genre wasn't taken that seriously in Hollywood, as many thought it was just a genre to promote toys and comics to children. Needless to say, this sparked a lot of controversy.

Granted, a lot of parents were iffy about the movie at the time, as some complained it was too dark to take their kiddies to, but it was still a giant commercial success nonetheless. However, "Batman Returns" took things a bit too far. Not only did parents complain it was way too dark for kids, but many even cited how overly sexualized Catwoman was in the film as well. Sadly, this meant a shift in change for the franchise, as they wanted to get Batman back to his family friendly roots like it was back in the day with Adam West.

Enter Joel Schumacher and Val Kilmer. Not only did Val play a much more lighter version of Batman, but the film introduced Robin as well into the mix. Granted, I'll be the first to admit this film can be a bit cheesy, and the dialogue is badly written at times. Not to mention the acting is often either over the top zany (i.e. Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones), or just flat out underwhelming (i.e. Val Kilmer, Nicole Kidman, and Chris O'Donnell).

However, Schumacher does manage to incorporate some of the dark gothic themes that Tim Burton had going in his last two Batman outings, while also incorporating elements of the old Adam West's camp version of the character as well. Although in hindsight, it might seem impossible to mesh Burton's dark Batman with West's campy version of Batman, but Schumacher pulls it off quite well.

Granted, I can see why some people wouldn't like this movie, as it can come off as too cartoony at times, but it's still an enjoyable superhero flick nonetheless in spite of it's flaws. Besides, it's a helluva a lot better than "The Dark Knight Rises" if you want me to be honest with you people. Yes, I just said that. Granted, I love "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight", but "The Dark Knight Rises" was very underwhelming the say the least.

Sure, "Batman Forever" may not be a great film, but considering what it had to go through, I'd say that Schumacher does an excellent job on this feature.

12. Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

I'll just be frank with you people. "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" is not only one of the stupidest films ever made, but it has arguably one of the cheesiest and predictable story arcs ever conceived. Why any sane person would say this is a great film is beyond me, as the mere concept itself is notoriously stupid.

But like "Billy Madison", this is one of those rare stupid films that knows it's a stupid movie, and embraces that concept fully. The humor in this movie is amazing, and Rob Schneider does an excellent job playing the male gigolo.

Granted, the premise of the movie is rather cheesy to say the least, with a lot of one note jokes aiming at the fact that Rob's character happens to be male hooker, but if you're looking for a comedy that'll have you laughing nonstop, then I would still highly recommend it.

Warning: Video contains spoilers

11. Real Steel

You want to know a cool idea for a drinking game? Every time this movie steals something from "Rocky"...er..I..I..I..mean makes a REFERENCE to the "Rocky" franchise, then you all take a drink. But then again if you all did that, then you might die of alcohol poisoning though considering this film literally rips off a lot of key things from the "Rocky" film franchise when you stop to think about it.

You have a robot that takes a lot more hits, than dishing out any actual punishment. You have the line where the villain says this about his robot, Zeus, "Anything he hits...he kills." Gee, that sounds eerily similar to what Ivan Drago's manager said in "Rocky IV", when he said, "Anything he hits..he destroys." Of course, you even have an undefeated champion just like in the first "Rocky" film, who's never had to go the distance with any challenger.

(Warning: This paragraph contains spoilers) You have a protagonist, who is down on his luck financially just like Rocky was in his first movie, and most of all. And I do mean most of all. You have a fight that ends up going the distance, when everyone else thought it would end quickly, and somehow Atom has some sort of moral victory in spite of the fact that Zeus still won by a decision in the last round. Gee, that sure does sound like an exact rip off the ending to "Rocky" if you ask me.

Of course, there's other references to the "Rocky" franchise as well throughout this film, but these are just some of the more obvious ones. Overall, I wouldn't call "Real Steel" a bad movie, as it's definitely entertaining to watch.

In fact, it's one of those rare blockbusters that knows how to tug at the heartstrings of it's audience. Unfortunately, if you're looking for originality, then you won't find it in "Real Steel", as it pretty much rips off every sports cliche in the book; particularly from the "Rocky" franchise as I stated earlier.

Plus, Hugh Jackman adds some credibility to this movie as well, so that's always a good thing. Although I would hesitate to call "Real Steel" a great film, but I would say it's a fun popcorn flick to watch, as long as you don't expect too much out of it.

© 2013 Steven Escareno

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Tonyx35 2 years ago from Illinois, USA

I actually enjoyed a fair amount of the movies you listed. Ace Ventura and Batman Forever was dark, campy, yet really colorful. Have been on my "like" list for a very long time.

I laughed at the idea of Real steel when I saw the trailer but I surprisingly enjoyed it overall. Expendables is just a lot of "80s action movie" fun.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Yeah, i agree with you about expendables. that's one of the reasons why im always so confused why people hate those films so much for their stories, when they fail to realize that expendables was never meant to be taken seriously by anyone. However, everyone has their own opinions. Anyways, thanks for stopping by, to share some of your thoughts with us. :)


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Fullerman5000 2 years ago from Louisiana, USA

Guilty. I own Pee Wee's Big Adventure and both Expendables movies. And when Batman Forever is on TV I end up watching it. Good list here.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Thanks Fullerman. I'm glad you like the list. You should check out part 3 when it comes out, as I plan on keeping this series going until I list about a 100 movies. :D


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kotobukijake 21 months ago

Gratuitous Chuck Norris cameo with the following lines:

"I was bitten by a cobra. After five days of intense pain, the cobra died."

Gotta love any movie that asks Chuck Norris to show up to tell a Chuck Norris joke. You've got some other good choices on here too: Batman Forever, Deuce Bigalow, Ace Ventura, etc. Not sure Billy Madison is the best choice for Adam Sandler, since it's arguably a decent film; maybe Happy Gilmore or Mr. Deeds? Anyway, had fun with this list too, and I'll give a few more suggestions after checking out your third list.

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