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What are "guilty pleasure" movies?


#1

I keep reading and hearing about guilty pleasure movies. I don’t understand that concept. Why would anybody feel guilty for liking/loving a movie? Or even embarrassed? Do people really have such low self-confidence?

I love a lot of movies that are considered bad, but I hesitate to contribute to any “gulity pleasure favourites” list, because I don’t feel guilty or embarrassed about any of them.



Use this thread to contribute to the discussion or post your “guilty pleasure movie list”, ideally both.



My list of movies that I love where there seems to be a general consensus that they are “bad”:


  1. The Apple
  2. Smokey and the Bandit
  3. The Sound of Music (It appears you’re not supposed to like it if you are male, heterosexual and between 16 and 30)
  4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  5. The Delta Force
  6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
  7. BMX Bandits
  8. The Wizard of Oz (cynics say this movie is not good…what??)
  9. RoboCop (I’ve seen this title too on “guilty pleasure”-lists)
  10. Lone Wolf McQuade
  11. Puppet Master (Instantly bad of course because there are killing puppets ::slight_smile:- people are idiots)
  12. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  13. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas



    genre-wise, it appears that you aren’t supposed to love muscials, the german “Heimatfilme”, many B-and C-movies, and more generally all “outdated” movies that don’t fit the zeitgeist. And kids movies.

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#3

[quote=“Crazy Kenneth”]
I keep reading and hearing about guilty pleasure movies. I don’t understand that concept. Why would anybody feel guilty for liking/loving a movie? Or even embarrassed? Do people really have such low self-confidence?

I love a lot of movies that are considered bad, but I hesitate to contribute to any “gulity pleasure favourites” list, because I don’t feel guilty or embarrassed about any of them.
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Are you my long lost twin brother? ;D


#4

i love a good cheessy movies there are fun and mindless to wacth that what movie it all about have fun and enjoy yourself life is to short


#5

You should never feel ashamed to like a movie, unless it’s Flashdance.



Spiros, where the hell are you getting these super awesome animations from dude?


#6

I kinda like Matt Dääämon movies :-[


#7

Call if a self confidence issue or what have you, but I wouldn’t go out of my way in real life to tell a chick how much I love the original Ninja Turtles trilogy or how I think Monster Squad is the most rad thing ever. Here on the internet though, I can be as geeky as I want to be 8)


#8

[quote=“pantsman”]
Call if a self confidence issue or what have you, but I wouldn’t go out of my way in real life to tell a chick how much I love the original Ninja Turtles trilogy or how I think Monster Squad is the most rad thing ever. Here on the internet though, I can be as geeky as I want to be 8)
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Well TMNT III, I don’t think I’d go out of my way to tell anyone I love, but the original, hell yeah!!!



I guess TMNT II is what I’d refer to as a “guilty pleasure” since it’s ‘more for da kiddies’ but I still like it for sentimental resons… either way, we’re all geeks at heart if we’re on internet message boards, but not necessarily nerds… there’s a difference, haha. 8)


#9

[quote=“Kinick”]
Well TMNT III, I don’t think I’d go out of my way to tell anyone I love, but the original, hell yeah!!!



I guess TMNT II is what I’d refer to as a “guilty pleasure” since it’s ‘more for da kiddies’ but I still like it for sentimental resons… either way, we’re all geeks at heart if we’re on internet message boards, but not necessarily nerds… there’s a difference, haha. 8)
[/quote]Dude, I love Secret of the Ooze, my favorite of the three ;D “It’s really quiet… yeah, a little TOO quiet!.. hey look, it’s Raph!.. yeah, a little TOO Raph!” ;D



I love the third as well, definitely to a lesser degree but it’s still pretty awesome. Same thing for Back to the Future III and Ginger Snaps III, heading back to the past in the third film of a trilogy is always a bad thing.


#10

[quote=“pantsman”]
Dude, I love Secret of the Ooze, my favorite of the three ;D “It’s really quiet… yeah, a little TOO quiet!.. hey look, it’s Raph!.. yeah, a little TOO Raph!” ;D[/quote]

haha Excellent. And scratch that about liking it, I love TMNT II, the fight sequences in that flick were beyond cool, and Ernie Reyes Jr. inspired me to fight like a ninja! Despise the third one though. The costumes were just… eugh!


#11

[quote=“pantsman”]
Call if a self confidence issue or what have you, but I wouldn’t go out of my way in real life to tell a chick how much I love the original Ninja Turtles trilogy or how I think Monster Squad is the most rad thing ever. Here on the internet though, I can be as geeky as I want to be 8)
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I’m in love.



Unfortunately, I don’t consider those guilty pleasures… but Destiny Turns on the Radio. Hahaha. Big time.



That and Buffy, Angel, and Firefly… Anythin Joss Whedon does captures my soul.


#12

I think guilty pleasures, at least for me, is just a phrase. I don’t feel guilty about watching silly movies now and then, but I still call them a guilty pleasure. I actually usually have movie nights to watch my favorite “bad” movies, because I think there is something genuinly entertaining about them that is even MORE entertaining with a room full of people to laugh with.

Usually if I want a mindless but entertaining movie, I either grab a kids movie, such as Ernest Saves Christmas (perfect for this time of the year!) or some movie with some sort of giant crocodile or something chomping on some family. Despite being a non-violent person, I love watching “scary” movies with killer animals.

The only people who should feel guilty about the movies they say they like, are the ones who don’t genuinely like them but say they do based on what they think other people want to here.


#13

[quote=“Geoi”]
I’m in love.



Unfortunately, I don’t consider those guilty pleasures… but Destiny Turns on the Radio. Hahaha. Big time.



That and Buffy, Angel, and Firefly… Anythin Joss Whedon does captures my soul.
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seen dr horrible’s sing along?



The first two child’s play movies are a guilty pleasure for me


#14

You’ve got Mail… I don’t know why, I always watch it when it’s on TV though. I need detox or something.


#15

Haha. That’s a pretty cute movie though, so it’s not so bad. ;D



I forgot about my Hugh Grant movies. I don’t really like much about Hugh Grant in real life, but I love the movies he’s in, and I like to look at him.


#16

[quote=“Geoi”]
Haha. That’s a pretty cute movie though, so it’s not so bad. ;D



I forgot about my Hugh Grant movies. I don’t really like much about Hugh Grant in real life, but I love the movies he’s in, and I like to look at him.
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I’d take Hugh Jackman over Hugh Grant anyday. Prrr…


#17

Mmmm. Hugh Jackman. Yeah. :drool:


#18

It’s awful, because as much as I hate her, something about Lindsay Lohan movies … they just put me in a good mood.



I had one of the worst days of my life on Sunday, but I went to bed and watched the remake of The Parent Trap, and it kinda made everything better. I think it had more to do with the fact that it brought back great memories of being 12 years old and wanting to have a twin.



Other “Guilty Pleasures” -



The Sound of Music (Singing, a love story, escaping Nazis and goat puppets!!)

Father of The Bride Parts I & II

The Brady Bunch Movie

Kung Pow

The Power Rangers Movie

And all series of Degrassi Junior High & Degrassi High. ;D


#19

I wouldn’t consider “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” a guilty pleasure! Its a classic and possibly the greatest kids movie of all time.


#20

[quote=“blue_lou_boyle”]
I wouldn’t consider “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” a guilty pleasure! Its a classic and possibly the greatest kids movie of all time.

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I love Willy Wonka but I think my guilty pleasure is that I like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well.



Guilty Pleasures:

-the Harry Potters

-What Women Want

-You’ve Got Mail

Shit, I’ve got a buttload of guilty pleasures :stuck_out_tongue: