We all know the saying “even the best fall down sometimes” and “nobody’s perfect.” But we don’t want to believe this is true about our favorite and beloved actors. They are the ones that inspire us, the ones we look up to and cherish. They are the ones we go to see at the theater on the weekends when we want to get lost and forget about life for a while. They encourage us to dream, to believe, to feel things differently than we normally do in our blasé lives. Their movies make us feel alive. They make us believe the world is bigger than we know. We obsess over them, quote them, dream about them— some of us are even madly in love with them. When we were kids we plastered their photos all over our bedroom walls. Some of us still do today.
Because of our high esteem for these stars we can’t even fathom that they could have been involved in a bad film. Everything they do is great! Right? Well, not so much. Even the most famous actors and actresses have had a flop or two… or three. Here’s a list of some of the worst moments of our favorite actors’ careers.
15. Will Smith In After Earth
Will Smith teams up with his son Jaden Smith in this 2013 action sci-fi film. It tells the story of Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and his son Kitai (Jaden Smith) who crash on an abandoned Earth where the human race left a millennium ago to live on a new world. With Cypher being injured, his son must set out to find help. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, a director with many movie hits such as The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village and Unbreakable, he sadly creates a film that doesn’t seem to get its landing. In fact, Will Smith has said in interviews, After Earth was the most painful failure of his career.
A film about a son trying to follow in his father’s legacy and footsteps is ironic at best and, perhaps, played too close to home for Smith. It would seem Will Smith’s shoes are too big for Jaden to fill. Here, we see Will as we have never seen him before– lost in space and time, and utterly bad.
14. Halle Berry In Catwoman
Just the thought of Halle Berry in black lycra, stilettos, and carrying a whip had men’s hearts and pulses racing, but sadly this film left no claw marks on audiences. Catwoman was on Roger Ebert’s list for the most hated films and won the Golden Raspberry award for Worst Picture, with Halle Berry winning for Worst Actress in 2004. Even with nine lives she couldn’t save this film. This fantasy thriller made few references to the original Batman series, which left audiences wondering when and if Batman was going to show up and get the ‘sexual tension’ with Catwoman going. Without a good script, a film has nowhere to go and this film not only meandered down dark alleys, it got lost in a garbage can and stayed there. Worst of all, it takes too long for Berry to actually transform into Catwoman. She was the only visually appealing thing in the film.
We’ll let Berry sum it up, “I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh–, god-awful movie. I’d like to thank the rest of the cast. To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors.”
13. Hugh Jackman In Movie 43
Hugh Jackman will always be one of our favorite Aussies. A hunk of a man who is always in prime shape, dare we remind you of Wolverine? He not only can sing, dance, and act, he can pull off a mullet and still look hot. So what happened with Movie 43? The film took almost a decade to make and was rejected by almost every studio in town. George Clooney walked from the film, and Richard Gere tried to get out of it. The film won three awards at the 34th Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture.
Hugh Jackman in this is so cringe-worthy we can’t help but watch. One of his most embarrassing roles ever, we see Hugh play a man who has a pair of testicles attached to his neck. Yes… you read that correctly… a pair of testicles. It must have taken balls for him to do but we are left asking ourselves, “Why Hugh? Why!” With this much grossed-out humor you will leave the movie feeling disgusted and wish you hadn’t gotten the large box of buttered popcorn.
12. Matt Damon In The Brothers Grimm
It seems the general public simply loves Matt Damon. From hitting it big with his best friend Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting, people everywhere fell for this Hollywood sweetheart. A man with a great reputation and a knack for storytelling, actually loses his spot on the page in this film. Here, we see a Matt Damon who is not the fairest of them all. The Brothers Grimm was just that– grim. This fantasy thriller directed by Terry Gilliam tells the tale of Wilhelm (Matt Damon) and Jacob (Heath Ledger) who travel from town to town as con artists to perform fake exorcisms. One day they encounter a curse that might actually deal with real magic and, dare we believe, fairytales.
With two strong leading men, this film has a lot of potential but simply gets lost in the woods. Damon is charming as ever and the dark humor of the script is well executed here, but the movie feels as if it were made in a rush and half-heartedly at best. It’s a jumble of many fairytales thrown into one, and like anyone would expect it ends up being a mess.
11. Jennifer Lawrence In House At The End Of The Street
Jennifer Lawrence has become the “It girl” in Hollywood. Everyone loves her down to earth vibe, her love for food, and her humorous charm. ‘JLaw’, as she is frequently referred to in the press, is the girl everybody, from the public to Hollywood, loves. Whether it’s her starring role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games or her teaming up with Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Jennifer Lawrence is becoming an American screen icon. But every actress has a skeleton in her closet, and JLaw isn’t off that list. Whatever made Lawrence sign on to do the film, we’ll never know, but this film lacks in all categories. House At The End Of The Street is a film about a teenage girl named Elisa (Jennifer Lawrence) who moves into a small town with her mother. She finds out there was a tragic accident in the house at the end of the street (hence the name of the film) and befriends the only survivor of the tragedy, named Ryan. As Elisa and Ryan become close, things only get worse.
10. Everyone In Batman & Robin
Our favorite salt-and-pepper haired man, George Clooney, is not only charismatic and handsome, but he is an Oscar winner and a celebrated humanitarian that both men and women love. Joining him in this terrible film are none other than Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Kill Bill actress, Uma Thurman. It was the fourth Batman film of the franchise, and the worst one of them all. The film is about Batman and Robin trying to fight and stop Mr. Freeze (Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Thurman) from destroying Gotham City.
One thing that didn’t work for this movie, as hard as it is for us to say, are the puns. A pun every now and then is great, but once you’re throwing them out, left and right, every minute, it becomes too much. The storyline is cheesy, the film was a clutter and it is uninspiring. And what’s with the bat nipples? It seems George Clooney was left out in the cold.
9. Jennifer Aniston In Leprechaun
In her film debut, Jennifer Aniston did not hit the jackpot with this one. Leprechaun was a 1993 slasher film about, you guessed it, a sadistic Leprechaun trying to find his pot of gold while killing people during the hunt. Originally filmed to be a straight horror film, written and directed by Mark Jones, Warwick Davis injected humor into his role as the Leprechaun so the film became a horror comedy. It’s difficult not to laugh at the “scariest” parts of the film when you’re watching a leprechaun as the bad guy. On top of that, this is a badly made film with a minimum budget and comes across the screen as tacky and amateurish.
The leprechaun looks fake and it’s hard to take him serious as a slasher/killer. There is even one scene where, in slow motion, he takes a pogo stick and bounces on a guy and kills him. He literally pogo sticks him to death! We can’t make this stuff up. And Jennifer Aniston is your basic damsel in distress, albeit a bit ‘theatrical’ in her role, but for her debut she held her own. Leprechaun is a movie that nobody should ever see and one that definitely falls short (pun intended). And yes, that was as cheesy as this movie itself.
8. Matthew McConaughey In Surfer, Dude
Matthew McConaughey is almost always; “alright, alright, alright!” But Surfer, Dude is totally harshing our mellow. With a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film wasn’t making any big waves with critics and for good reason. Surfer, Dude is about a beach bum named Steve Addington (Matthew McConaughey) who simply loves nothing more than to surf. With no good waves in the ocean, Addington gets offered to try a reality game and figure out the new virtual world, all the while trying to find his place in life. The movie also stars Willie Nelson and yes, you guessed it right, ganja finds its place in this film. A movie that was probably made by stoners is one that stoners themselves would only enjoy.
Although it does seem McConaughey was having a good time, and anyone who loves McConaughey can appreciate that, it appears he may have hit the bong once or twice before his time on screen which leaves the film feeling a bit ‘out there’. With a weak script, not even a shirtless Matthew can keep you entertained or saying, “Alright, alright, alright.”
7. Reese Witherspoon & Sofia Vergara In Hot Pursuit
America’s sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon, is an actress that audiences just adore. The cute and quirky blonde is normally a crowd. Not to mention, a new star from TV’s Modern Family, Sofia Vergara, quickly became a fan favorite (for obvious reasons, also, she’s funny). But little can be said when it comes to Hot Pursuit, a 2015 movie that left audiences in pursuit of any other film but this one. This film showcases Vergara, who plays a drug pins wife with Witherspoon’s character; an uptight by-the-book cop, escorting her across Texas. Witherspoon’s performance feels forced and lands her in one of her worst films to date. And Vergara’s performance, well, it’s what she does. It just hurts that they’re associated to this film at all. With two critically acclaimed actresses, Hot Pursuit is a missed opportunity and not even close to a simmer or boil.
6. Bradley Cooper & Emma Stone In Aloha
Just because a film has a big cast doesn’t always mean it is going to be a good movie. Case in point— Aloha. From the script being hard to follow and Bradley Cooper‘s character having too much of a backstory for audiences to keep up, this film just misses and misses and misses. On top of that, you add the disgrace of whitewashing that occurs with Emma Stone portraying someone of Hawaiian or Asian descent. The film was highly criticized because of this. Director Cameron Crowe even apologized to anyone he may have offended, albeit too late.
Although it does have exquisite scenery and a glossy cast, this film doesn’t carry more weight than a balmy summer breeze. What could have been a good romantic comedy turns out to be a disappointing one. Perhaps the only thing that drew the two actors in was the locale. It would be hard to turn down filming in Hawaii. Whatever the reason, this is one of the worst movies of their careers.
5. Ben Stiller In Zoolander 2
So many of us eagerly waited for the sequel. Over a decade! And with all of our hopes and aspirations at an all-time high, we were pulverized by disappointment. The first Zoolander was original, pure comedy, and one of the best movies to quote. But Zoolander 2 is obnoxious, forced, and a waste of time and money, especially considering the returning cast and new members. This sequel, which was directed once again by Ben Stiller, fails to capture the charm and laughs as it did the first time around. It is almost painful to watch. There are a lot of celebrity cameos thrown in, but not even that could save this film. It is one of the worst things Stiller has ever done. To say we were dissatisfied is an understatement.
4. Robert Downey Jr. In The Shaggy Dog
Robert Downey Jr. is the comeback kid we now all root for. We love him as the quick and cocky billionaire Tony Stark in the Iron Man movies. He is a guy with great humor and a huge heart that we can’t help but admire. But Robert dropped the ball when it came to The Shaggy Dog. The 2006 film, which also starred Tim Allen, had a strong cast, but a weak delivery. Of course, it is a film meant for kids, but it just isn’t funny— even for them.
Robert Downey Jr. plays the bad guy who has stolen a 300-year-old scared dog searching for the key to eternal life. But you won’t even want to be alive for the first thirty minutes of this film. A ridiculous plot, bad writing, and hardly any laughs. The whole cast should have just rolled over and played dead instead of deciding to create this movie. Definitely a ‘ruff’ one to watch.
3. Sandra Bullock In Speed 2: Cruise Control
Most sequels aren’t as good as the original, but they can still be entertaining and worth the two hours of screen time. Speed 2 is NOT one of those films. Sandra Bullock is back as Annie who is going on a cruise with her boyfriend, Alex (Jason Patric), when all of a sudden the ship gets taken over by a crazed man (Willem Dafoe) and the two must fight for their lives to survive. The film is a crash course waiting to happen. With such a massive budget they wasted all their money and talent. The special effects were terrible, it’s too chaotic and Bullock and Patric have about as much chemistry as a deck chair on the lido deck. This is by far one of the worst sequels in movie history. Who honestly thinks they’re going to die because a cruise ship is going too fast? Bueller? Anyone?
2. Tom Cruise In Cocktail
Tom Cruise is a movie star who has delighted audiences for decades. From looking half his age (Cruise is 54), to performing insane stunts, and kicking ass, all the while with a wink and a devilish smirk, it’s impossible not to find him in a box office hit almost every year. But even Tom Cruise has to his credits a bad film, or two. To add to the list is his 1988 romantic comedy drama, Cocktail.
This film should have been corked and left on the shelf. Cocktail is about a man named Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) who is working as a bartender to pay for college. He has a mentor in an older man, played by Brian Brown, and together they take New York by storm as bartenders with the ability to charm and entertain the elite. Cruise’s character has a dream of owning his own bar and throughout this long and laborious film, he moves to Jamaica, falls in love with Elisabeth Shue’s character, Jordan Mooney, loses her through his own selfish ways of trying to get rich and make money off of rich older women and eventually ends up poor and married to Shue’s character who is pregnant with his twins. We have a dumb movie, a dull script and a sloppy love story. You will want to throw back a couple of drinks of your own to help you get through this one. Bottoms up.
1. Tom Hanks In Joe Versus The Volcano
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are a screen dynamic duo. They were the 90s couple we all adored, who always had great chemistry on screen. But when the young pair made the 1990 romantic fantasy Joe Versus the Volcano, well, everything went up in smoke. The movie is about a guy named Joe (Tom Hanks) who is a hypochondriac and is dying. Since his life wasn’t that great in the first place, he gets offered to die with meaning and dignity, by throwing himself into a volcano. While on his way, he discovers what the actual meaning of life is.
The beginning of the film is quite good and promising, but things take a drastic turn. The relationship between Hanks and Ryan feels fake and a little too rushed. The film wants to be weird and different but it just felt awkward and didn’t work. By the end of the film you are left wishing they would have just thrown you right into the volcano.
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