Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mike Myers deserves to sweep Razzie Awards


Hollywood churns out a lot of bad movies, so singling out the worst of the worst is no easy task.
Such is the job of the voters of the Golden Raspberry Awards, better known as the Razzies. The Razzies are a counterpoint to Hollywood’s self-congratulatory awards season. They put a spotlight on the worst movies the studios put out each year.
The nominees for Worst Picture from last year are: “Disaster Movie,” “Meet the Spartans,” “The Happening,” “The Hottie and the Nottie,” “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale,” and “The Love Guru.”
The “winner” of the Worst Picture Razzie should be a high-profile release that consumers had an expectation of quality based on the principals involved and the promotion campaigns.
Low-budget pop-culture parodies “Disaster Movie” and “Meet the Spartans” were schlock and everyone knew it. “The Hottie and the Nottie” was a vehicle for no-talent socialite Paris Hilton. “In the Name of the King” was directed by Uwe Boll, a modern-day Ed Wood, who has never made a good movie but inexplicably continues to get work.
That leaves two legitimate contenders, “The Happening” and “The Love Guru,” which suckered in theatergoers based on the talent behind and in front of the camera.
“The Happening” was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who previously did the terrific films “The Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable.” But he started to believe his own press clippings, turned into an egomaniac and has been on a career slide in recent years.
“The Love Guru” was the pet project of self-important comic actor Mike Myers. The studio couldn’t even string together enough funny bits to make a decent trailer. The movie was a train wreck, getting just 14% positive reviews on RottenTomatoes.com.
Myers is one of those people who thinks he’s funnier than he really is and that’s annoying. His schtick is old and he needs to take a break and reinvent himself.
Hopefully he’ll come back humbler from this disaster. He can start by showing up at the Razzies ceremony, to be held Feb. 21 (the day before the Oscars), and accepting his “award” or “awards” and apologizing to his fans. Halle Berry did this to great effect in 2004. Accepting the Razzie for Worst Actress for the movie “Catwoman,” she called the film a “piece of shit, god-awful movie,” which was met with laughter and applause.
Other good sports, who have accepted their awards at the ceremony, include director Paul Verhoeven for “Showgirls” in 1995 and actor Tom Green for “Freddy Got Fingered” in 2001, according to Wikipedia.
If I voted for this year’s Razzies, I’d pick “The Love Guru” for Worst Picture, Mike Myers in “The Love Guru” for Worst Actor, Paris Hilton in “The Hottie and the Nottie” for Worst Actress, Verne Troyer in “The Love Guru” for Worst Supporting Actor, and Paris Hilton in “Repo: The Genetic Opera” for Worst Supporting Actress.

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