From Our Readers‘Really Bad' Movies That Are Really GoodFrom Our Readers

I like to make fun of my sister for her taste in movies a lot because she doesn’t really have one. My sister has liked almost every movie she has ever seen and talks about How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days like it’s Casablanca. However, there is something to be said for movies that by many standards would be considered “bad” but are actually, in my humble opinion, some of the best hours ever captured on film. Here are four of my personal favorites — It might not be coincidence that as a 90s kid, most of these are from that decade.

Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead (1992)

Oh, man. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I watched this movie as a kid. I just loved it. What’ s not to love, really? Sue Ellen (Christina Applegate) and her siblings are left home with an elderly baby-sitter when their mother goes away, much to their chagrin. She quickly passes away, leaving the kids to their own devices — Sue Ellen eventually realizes that there is no way for them to survive all summer so she lies her way into a job at a fashion retailer, quickly becoming their newest star. Little does she know that in the meantime the kids are spending all of her petty cash on new televisions and diamond rings. She hatches a plan to make it all back by launching a new line and holding the fashion show at her house — all hell breaks loose when a bitchy employee (who also happens to be her crush’s sister) outs her to the entire company as a mere teenager and her mother comes home from her trip early. Add a run-in with some drag queens dressed as Marylin Monroe and Liza Minelli who steal their car and, a neurotic boss and Sue Ellen’s incredible 90s wardrobe and I am hooked on this film for life. “I’m right on top of that, Rose!”

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)

One of my favorite movies ever. Seriously. I have never seen an episode of the television show and I honestly don’t ever plan to. This is the movie that started it all … and it’s amazing. The show was for dorks (not that I have anything against dorks, but the fact that most people who were obsessed with the show have never even seen the movie just does not sit well with me.) Buffy (Kristy Swanson) is an air-headed Valley girl who cares about nothing but clothes, cheer-leading and making out with her boyfriend — until a mysterious man named Merrick (Donald Sutherland) finds her and reveals that she is destined to be a vampire slayer and defeat the vampire lord named Lothos. She soon meets Pike, (my lifelong crush Luke Perry) the gorgeous guy from the wrong side of the tracks who helps her on her journey to vampire ass kicker extraordinaire and then rides her off into the sunrise on his motorcycle. On top of the obviously epic storyline, there are more hilarious one-liners in this film than you can imagine — some of my favorites “Get out of my facial”, “All I want to do is graduate high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater and die” and “Are you addressing I?” Also, Hilary Swank is a total scene stealer in one of her first roles and you can also catch a quick glimpse of a young Ben Affleck as a basketball player. There’s also a pretty stellar soundtrack, good clothes and incredibly bad cheer-leading routines with catchy cheers.

For Keeps (1988)

Hello, completely underrated post-Brat Pack Molly Ringwald film. Darcy, an editor at her school’s paper who is looking forward to a career in journalism and her boyfriend Stan who is heading to college to study architecture find themselves dealing with real life a lot sooner than they anticipated when Darcy finds out she’s pregnant. Their parents don’t support their decisions to stay together and raise their baby, so they move out on their own and find themselves wading through Darcy’s postpartum depression, their lack of funds and mostly, the pain that comes from giving up on their dreams. Watching this loveable duo navigate their way through the end of high school with a baby on their hips is actually really endearing and for 1988, this topic was a few years off from being everywhere like it is now, so it was really unexplored issue that I think was dealt with really realistically but also sweetly. Plus, Stan (played by Randall Batinkoff, who is also Buffy’s boyfriend!) is super adorable in this film. One of the most memorable moments is definitely a pregnant Darcy at the prom.

Sleeping With the Enemy (1991)
I am quite the fan of Julia’s early work and this film is no exception. Laura lives in near seclusion with her obsessive compulsive and abusive husband until she fakes her own death at sea to get away from him and start her life anew in a small town near her ailing mother. She cuts her hair, changes her name, meets her cute curly-haired neighbor, takes a job at the library and gets to visit her mom (although disguised as a man, in case her husband is lurking about). A phone call alerts Martin to the fact that Laura may still be alive and he begins to search for her. Enter lots of near misses and panicked scenes along with cute visions of new love between Laura and Ben, who is an acting teacher — one memorable moment shows Laura trying on various costumes in the the theater of Ben’s school set to “Brown Eyed Girl.” The last fifteen minutes of the movie are probably the best, real at the edge of your seat stuff. Julia’s big curly early 90s hair and megawatt smile are still at their best here. Can’t miss it.

What are some of your favorite “bad” good movies? I’d love to hear about them! Happy movie night!

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  • Paula Gonzalez

    I can’t help but love Buffy, since ti was where my BTVS love began!! In my country, it came out at summer, when I was about 11 or 12 years old, and we would rent it, get together and watch it at night. So many memories!

  • Kay Ratcliff

    I recently finished watching the Buffy TV show, and while working my way out of Buffy withdrawals, I watched the movie. If your favorite parts are the epic storyline and the one-liners, I think you’d like the show.

  • Wendi Beatty

    “MEGAPIRANHA,” hands down. Tiffany is in bad need of acting lessons, the director and writer need lessons in geography and travel time and the gigantic piranhas are the only ones who seem to have any acting chops at all. But the scene with Tiffany losing her cool makes “Plan 9 From Outer Space” seem like “The Godfather.” Also the scene with the “hero” fending off giant piranha with his feet is priceless!

  • Jacqueline Sandoval

    Oooh and how about Little Monsters

  • Lina Chavira

    Yes! I totally agree! Gotta love Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion too! I think I saw it about a hundred times with my BFF.

  • Jacqueline Sandoval

    bahhaha omygoodness i forgot all about dont tell mom the babysitters dead! hahah must add these movies to my co-worker’s must-see movie list!! >

  • Katie Daniels

    This is a list of my favorite movies, and I’m not even kidding. Especially “For Keeps.” OMG, how I love that movie…

  • Kelsey King

    Don’t tell mom the babysitter is dead is so terrifiicly terrible, I love it. I’d have to say that another favorite terrible but good movie was the Wrong Guy. If you haven’t seen it, then it would be a great one to check out.

  • Krista Ferrell

    Nice choices, I LOVE Buffy and will seriously watch it at every opportunity that presents itself-a true treasure. I actually liked the Buffy series, and watched a few seasons. A few other movies that some may consider “Really Bad” are Shag, CRY BABY, Hairspray (with Ms. Lake), Pure Country, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights-SO AMAZING!

  • Jane McAdams

    Son in Law, Kindergarten Cop, Grease 2, Drop Dead Fred, Gremlins and Gremlins 2… I could go on and on but I won’t!

    • Jacqueline Sandoval

      yesss!! completely forgot about drop dead fred!! & gremlins..kinda creepy watching it now but it is up there along with tremors! loved kindergarten cops too!

  • Melanie Mccauley

    Grease Two. Best. Movie. Ever. Seriously, who doesn’t love a movie that incorporates nerdy British boys, songs about reproduction, and a very impressive move where a girl goes from the back of nerdy British boy’s motorcycle, to the front of nerdy British boy’s motorcycle. While they’re flying down the highway. And singing.

    • Krista Ferrell

      Totally, Grease 2 is so brilliant! C-o-o-l rider

  • Nick Spalsbury

    Anaconda,three ninjas,what’s the movie where the kid runs away from home and steals the talking space ship from the government

  • Nick Spalsbury

    Mom and dad saved the world!!! And the pest

  • Trudy Holtz

    Earth Girls are Easy is one of my favorites. Oh, and Overboard is just about my favorite movie ever.

    • Trudy Holtz

      my husband has just informed me that my fav Michael J. Fox movies, Doc Hollywood and The Frighteners are bad as well.

  • Laura Owen

    I agree that the original Buffy movie is amaze-balls. The TV show is great but different. Other than “For Keeps” (which I guess should see) each movie on this list is a highly rated guilty pleasure of mine! I’ll forever love Christina Applegate for “Don’t Tell Mom.” I too watched it over and over as a kid.

  • Marelin Carcamo

    The adventures of a babysitter should be on this list in my oppinion. =)

  • Nichole Trone

    Okay, I just received Hiding Out as a birthday present. Remember that one? I fell in love with John Cryer in Pretty in Pink! So amazing. I enjoyed For Keeps as well. I’ve always wanted a tent with a skylight. ;)

  • Candice Lucente Stutzman

    I still love every movie on your list! When BtVS series first started I absolutely REFUSED to watch it, because I liked the movie so much. Eventually I watched a couple episodes, probably somewhere around season 2, because my brother moved back home and watched it. I ended up loving it more than the movie, but also in a completely different way. So yeah, you probably would enjoy it.

  • Meaghan Lanier

    If you like the Buffy movie so much then you should be more inclined to watch the show, which is far superior. It baffles me that you would praise the horrible movie and not even consider watching the show.

  • Danielle Lohnes

    for keeps
    buffy the vampire slayer
    my boyfriend’s back
    super mario bros
    drop dead fred
    my faves for sure:)

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