Whether its Tommy Wiseau absolutely losing it in The Room or trying to convince ourselves that Brad Pitt is actually good at accents, at some point we grow a soft spot for a “bad” movie. From cliche writing tropes to poor camera work and sub-par acting, this quick video study breaks down why we cherish critically-slated flicks.
The study suggests that viewer participation in taking a kitsch film seriously is actually what prompts the comedy. Disaster or parody movies such as Scary Movie, Borat and Dude, Where’s My Car? all employ this. Even with a vaguely solid plot, recognizable characters and fairly linear timeline, the belief in the absurdity is what pushes “bad” movies to become much-loved ones. In essence, “bad movies are an extreme version of a good idea.”