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Why We Love “Bad” Movies


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 MovieBorat 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.”