Critics are always quick to assign a starred review to movies, and while I have a lot of respect for Roger Ebert, there's plenty of instances where I've disagreed with his (or the Rotten Tomato) takedown of any particular movie. Movie love is a personal opinion, and whether a film is good or bad ultimately comes down to preference.
And as a personal preference, I have a love for movies that are so bad they’re good, so for a second look at a couple of titles that may have slipped critical acclaim, suspend your disbelief, and get to watching—you might just be pleasantly surprised!
For any viewers accessing from overseas, whether you're traveling or living, it's easy to get around geo-blocking with a VPN and then you're ready to watch! Load up the queue, press play and get to enjoying these great titles that may not be everyone's favorite film, but definitely hit the spot for me. Happy viewing!
1. Working Girl (1988)
Melanie Griffith is wonderfully naive in this 1980s power girl flick, not to mention Sigourney Weaver's boss lady power trip, and that's what makes this comedy flick so irresistible despite its suits and shoulder pads. Throw in a prime time Harrison Ford into the mix and you've got the perfect set-up for a retro fix that does more good than bad. Where this film really fails is in its evil mastermind portrayal of Weaver's character; the ice queen boss stereotype feels even more antiquated on a second watch than ever. However, with a classic comedy ending, this movie doesn't fall flat and deserves a second (or third) watch, especially just to watch the breakout scene and one more listen to "Let The River Run" by Carly Simon.
2. Bewitched (2005)
Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell take on the beloved sitcom in a movie that sparkles with clever characters—Michael Caine as Samantha's Dad Nigel Bigelow, Steve Carell as the funny Uncle Arthur and Shirley Maclaine as the show stealing Endora—and leads with astute direction (Nora Ephron directs). But it feels a little less authentic than the original. However, if you're willing to suspend a little disbelief, it can still steal your heart. It's vintage, it's cutesy, and it shines with the kind of magic that can only come from the movies—nose twitch, broom, black cat and all. For lovers of the sitcom, it's a modern update that takes a lot of liberty but ends up delivering a happily ever after in the end.