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Golden Raspberry Awards: 2006

Razzies 2006

The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke.  Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended.  Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition.  In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year.  But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call.  We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.

The twenty-seventh annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2006.   Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Night at the Museum, were the highest-grossing movies that year.  Martin Scorsese finally won Best Director for The Departed which was also named Best Picture.  The Razzies were busy sticking it to an old favorite, a pair of brothers and a director who had lost control of his ego.

Williams - RV

Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment

  • Deck the Halls (Fox)
  • Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (Fox)
  • RV (Sony/Columbia)
  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Disney)
  • The Shaggy Dog (Disney)

Winner: RV

For the most part, the Razzies tended to leave family films, horror flicks and action movies alone.  Every now and then, you’d get a Mac and Me or The Cat and the Hat that the Razzies felt they could not ignore.  But generally speaking, they stayed away from these categories.  I suspect the reason for this is that there are always a lot of crappy movies made for kids just like there are also a lot of cheap horror and action movies that could be nominated every year.  Instead, the old guys at the Razzies would periodically grouse about movies made for the younger set in one of their special categories.  This was one such year.

I find myself asking why the Razzies went back to this well again so soon.  In 2002, the special category was Most Flatulent Teen-Targeted Movie which was basically created as a way to shame Jackass: The Movie.  The following year, Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie (All Concept/No Content) wasn’t specifically about movies aimed at young people.  But all five nominees skewed young with The Cat in the Hat winning the prize.

2004 was an anniversary year.  Since special awards were given out for the Razzies’ first 25 years, they didn’t introduce a one-off category.  2005 was devoted to Most Tiresome Tabloid Targets which informed a lot of the nominations that year.  But that is atypical.  More often than not, the special categories have been used as a way to award movies that would typically fall off the Razzie radar.  I think that’s why so many of the one-off awards have focused on youth movies.  Next year’s special category will concentrate on another genre the Razzies typically ignore.

Two of the five nominees are Disney movies starring Tim Allen.  RV starred Robin Williams who really hadn’t done a comedy for quite a while by that point.  His last comedy was Death to Smoochy in 2002 which nabbed Williams a Razzie nomination.  Williams’ last successful comedy was Flubber in 1997 – nearly a decade ago – and that was more of a family movie than a straight-up comedy.  I think the common theme in this year’s category is that these movies featured comedic actors who had lost their way.  Allen and Williams were floundering in mediocre family fare.

For Allen, well, that really wasn’t all that different from the movies and TV show that made him famous.  But Williams had done great things.  The same year he was mugging his way through Flubber, he also won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting.  From that point on, Williams seemed to be struggling to find a direction for his movie career.  He spent a few years making dark thrillers.  But when audiences tired of seeing the dark side of Robin Williams, he returned to comedy with RV.

Of the five movies nominated, RV was the one critics hated the least.  Roger Ebert summed up the critical indifference when he wrote in his review of RV, “There is nothing I much disliked but little to really recommend.”  Compare that to Richard Roeper’s review of the Christmas comedy, Deck the Halls:

You cannot believe how excruciatingly awful this movie is. It is bad in a way that will cause unfortunate viewers to huddle in the lobby afterward, hugging in small groups, consoling one another with the knowledge that it’s over, it’s over — thank God, it’s over.

So why give the Razzie to RV when it is actually one of the better bad movies aimed at families?  My best guess is that the Razzies felt like they had given Williams to many free passes.  It’s easy to forget this now that the actor has passed, but there was a time when Williams had worn out his welcome with critics and audiences.  From RV through Old Dogs, you couldn’t help asking yourself what the hell happened to Robin Williams?

For an actor who was so successful and beloved, Williams had a lot of turkeys on his filmography.  And yet, he’d only been nominated for a Razzie twice. In 1999, the Razzies gave Williams a warning shot for Bicentennial Man and Jakob the Liar when they nominated him for Worst Actor (which he lost to Adam Sandler for Big Daddy).  And as I alluded to earlier, he received a Worst Supporting Actor nomination for Death to Smoochy in 2002 (which he lost to Hayden Christensen for Attack of the Clones.)

Even now, the Razzies seem reluctant to nominate the Oscar-winning actor.  So instead, they gave a Razzie to the movie that typified the sad state of his career.  When Old Dogs roles around in a few years, it’s going to score some nominations.  But Williams will remain exempt.  This is the closest he ever got to winning a Razzie.

Next: Worst Screenplay and Worst Director

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Posted on April 14, 2016, in Awards, Movies, Razzies and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE was not an obscure cult film. It was the second highest grossing movie of 1972, just behind THE GODFATHER. It grossed $84.5 million, which was a hell of a lot back then. Adjusted for inflation, that is $477 million and change.

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    • Don’t get me wrong, when I was a kid The Poseidon Adventure was a pretty big deal. Today, it’s regarded as a cult movie. I have very fond memories of watching the original PA on TV. I haven’t watched it in ages, but I’m sure I’d still enjoy it. But let’s face facts. It’s not some sacred, untouchable movie like The Godfather. Most audiences in 2006 either weren’t aware of the movie or it was a distant, dusty memory.

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    • jeffthewildman

      It was one of those blockbusters that was huge at the time. But hasn’t had that much staying power.

      It’s interesting when you contrast it with The Wicker Man. While the latter is an obscure cult film to much of the general public, if you put a bunch of hardcore film buffs into a room and asked about it, there would be a high amount of reverence. Among hardcore film buffs and cult film fanatics, The Wicker Man is a sort of blockbuster today while The Poseifon Adventure was a smash at the time but today is pretty much forgotten.

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  2. Bad Movie Beatdown – Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

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  3. I think Sharon Stone’s breasts being nominated was because they were fake and lopsided, not just because they were lopsided. She had them done sometime between the two BASIC INSTINCT movies. I remember looking forward to seeing how she would look naked so many years after being so hot in the first movie, but being disappointed by her boob job in the second. In her body’s defense, the only good thing about BASIC INSTINCT 2 is the poster for BASIC INSTINCT 2. Her legs look great.

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  4. I love Kristin Chenoweth. I love her. But, her film roles have all been bad. She is always cast as an annoying character, which I’m sure is based on her high, squeaky speaking voice. She really is a great actress though, as evidenced by her Tony and Emmy Awards. It’s just too bad that she has been saddled with poor film role choices.

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    • Chenoweth is one of those performers with very specific qualities and talents that make her great on stage, but just okay on screen. Yes she has a kind of squeaky speaking voice, but she also has a HUGE face. She is the anti-Allison Pill. Large facial features are a benefit on the stage where you’re trying to communicate with the back row, but on screen it’s a little overwhelming. It’s not her fault. It’s part of what made her so successful, but she was never going to be able to play the same parts in movies and TV that she does on stage. Can you imagine her playing the Shirley MacLaine role in Billy Wilder’s The Apartment? Well, she basically did when she was cast in the female lead of Promises, Promises.

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  5. I was someone who had liked The Village more than most, so when Giamatti showed up in the lead of an MKS movie I actually went to see it in the movie theater. Of all of the nominated films and even the films you list as those that could have been nominated, it’s the only one I can say that about. (10 years later I have managed to see My Super Ex-Girlfriend on TV) But after sitting through what was not just self-congratulatory and pretentious, but also mostly boring, I was done with Shyamalan. He’d gone from really interesting, if flawed, movies like The Village and Signs, to something that was not even compelling once you were in the movie theater. Fool me once…

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    • I gave up on Shyamalan after Signs. But I did watch The Visit and it’s worth checking out. Is it damning with faint praise to say it is Shyamalan’s best movie in a decade? Or to say that as “found footage” horror movies go, it’s above average? How about if I say that it contains one of Shyamalan’s better twists?

      Odds are, I’m doing a poor job selling you. But if you see the movie on cable, don’t feel obligated to turn the channel. It’s solidly not bad.

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      • “Solidly Not Bad”!!! – Lebeau (Lebeau’s LeBlog)

        That deserves a place on the back of the DVD case.

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        • I’m expecting to be approached very soon for my tepid endorsement.

          The entire reason I started this series is so I could get quotes pulled for DVD cases for movies that won Razzies they didn’t deserve.

          “__________ is not really the worst movie of the year.”

          “__________ is the worst movie ____________ ever directed, but at least ______________ isn’t Uwe Boll.”

          Stuff like that.

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    • Yes, LADY IN THE WATER was absolute garbage. I kind of liked THE VILLAGE as well, but LADY IN THE WATER was just garbage.

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  6. Blockbuster Buster – Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)

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  7. jeffthewildman

    I was looking at one critics list of worst movies of 2006 and both Deck the Halls And RV were on it, RV at 6, Halls at 5.

    Never saw Deck The Halls. Most attempts at Christmas comedy are dreadful. For every Bad Santa you have 10 Fred Clauses. So I passed and have no reason to regret doing so based on what I’ve heard.

    RV wasn’t that great. But it wasn’t excruciatingly awful either. Its main flaw was that all the funny parts were in the trailer. Once you knew those, wathcing it was like sitting at a party listen to a guy tell a very long and unfunny joke. He tells it and gets to the end and nobody laughs. So he explains it, completely oblivious to the fact that nobody laughed because it wasn’t funny. That was RV,.

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    • jeffthewildman

      My overall take on RV. Wrote this for a now defunct site I used to review movies for.

      There is a scene early on in RV where Robin Williams asks his family what would be a good name for the RV they just rented to take on a business trip disguised as a family vacation. The daughter, a Vegetarian Goth, suggests “big turd”. Her younger brother favors “Big Rolling Turd”.

      It’s to RV’s credit that it doesn’t quite sink to the level of quality of that second suggested name for the titular camper. Is RV dumb? Yes. But calling it that is beside the point. It was deliberately designed to be dumb. Is RV an awful movie? No. In terms of quality it’s not a Robin Williams comedy classic like Good Morning Vietnam or The Birdcage. But it’s not a hot steaming piece of crap like Flubber or Toys or a seriously misguided attempt at nobility like Hook. No, it’s basically a generic family vacation movie with some amusing moments. Not excruciating to watch while it’s on. But half an hour later you’ve forgotten most of it.

      The first real problem with RV is that it does have some amusing moments. However, most of those amusing moments are given away in the trailer and what’s left over is pretty painful.

      Williams plays Bob Munro, a workaholic dad who’s an exec at a soda company. In the traditional of movies of this type, he’s so devoted to his work that he doesn’t spend as much time as he should with his family. He wants to change that. He plans a vacation to Hawaii. However, his slimy boss changes that plan by ordering him to go to Colorado and deliver a presentation. So the Hawaii plan is off. To make up for it, Williams rents an RV and decides to take his (reluctant) family with him. From there it’s a short trip to chaos.

      From one POV, the road trip comedy might appear to have some steam left in it. From the other POV, it would appear to be as dead as the corpse of Jimmy Hoffa. A viewing of this movie is likely to make one lean toward the latter.

      Just as the family is about to take off in the RV, there’s a scene where Williams can’t get his safety belt fastened. Experienced moviegoers will observe right away that a screenwriter is seriously out of ideas when he breaks that trick out. They will make the same observation a few miles down the road when Williams struggles with the RV’s sewage tank. They will make it even louder when the inevitable result of the struggle with the sewage tank becomes apparent. And so on when Jeff Daniels shows up as a Redneck camper with his family.

      Those cliches are annoying enough when they’re intended to be funny. But they get even worse when the movie tries to go into serious moralizing mode. There are several preachy moments on the value of family and how one should not sacrifice family to be the big cheese in a company. Yawn.

      Williams, to give him credit, is fairly decent here. Yet he also doesn’t work quite as well in this role as he should. It seems like he was trying to recapture the success of his role in Mrs. Doubtfire. But he fails. There are moments where you find yourself thinking that Barry Sonnenfeld should’ve cast Chevy in the role (and I never thought I would ever say that a movie would’ve worked better with Chevy Chase instead of Robin Williams).

      I’ll synopsize one more scene from this movie. The family’s at the RV Park and Williams has to go fix the sewage tank. He asks his wife to help him and she replies “As appealing as that sounds I think I’ll pass”. That line is the one you should use if someone suggests going to see RV. Instead casually suggest staying home and renting National Lampoon’s Vacation if you want to see a funny road trip movie or any of the good Robin Williams movies I mentioned above if you want to see RW be funny. Anything but RV, which follows in the path of the titular camper from the movie in rolling down a hill and sinking to the bottom of a lake.

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  8. “Basic Instinct 2” had too many problems to succeed, the biggest was the narrative. I just think the script should’ve taken a different direction. Another thing was that it should’ve been released in the 1990’s, and I think even then it would’ve had to have been a superior production to flourish, since erotic thrillers were quickly becoming direct-to-video by the end of that decade. I viewed it on HBO and kind of shrugged it off. I agree with Lebeau that the comment about Sharon Stone’s breast job was mean-spirited though.
    I liked the first Garfield feature, but I’ve never viewed the second, since I had no interest to (I’m fine with the first installment though).
    “Little Man”? Ah, it’s one of those “it is what it is” films for me; I’m not moved in any direction one way or another.
    Okay, I can totally understand why “Miami Vice” the film wasn’t nominated, since it’s pretty competent. But I feel it’s meandering, overlong, and like a remix of the TV series. I love the series, and I’d rather view two episodes in particular that remind me of the film: ‘Smuggler’s Blues’ (Glenn Frey as a pilot! Richard Jenkins! The Guy who was the valet in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”!) and the series finale ‘Freefall’. So no, I didn’t care for it.
    I think “Lady in the Water” is another slog that’s pretty murky. I didn’t know that it was M. Night Shyamalan’s middle finger to critics though.
    I’ve seen flicks like “Employee of the Month” (that was an era when Dane Cook attempted to become a movie star) and “Just My Luck” on cable just for tickles. Yeah, they’re Razzie bait for sure.
    I really like the 1973 “The Wicker Man”, but wow, everyone knows what the remake is all about . I think nothing beats Nic Cage in character yelling “HOW’D IT GET BURNED, HOW’D IT GET BURNED?! The film itself is definitely a howling misfire.
    I thought “RV” was okay, but Robin Williams has done a lot better than that.
    Yeah, seems to me that the majority of these films deserved their nominations/wins.

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  9. I agree that Nicolas Cage is almost always entertaining regardless of the quality of his films. I think you were a little harsh on John Tucker Must Die but I might be biased because I’ll love Brittany Snow forever thanks to Pitch Perfect.

    What’s surreal is not that we are now going through many more films I saw in cinemas (I went to the movies twice a week in 2006) but films I had almost entirely forgotten about. I had no memory of RV, Material Girls, Posiedon or Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning until I read there names here and realised I saw them at the time.

    What’s even weirder is Deck The Halls. I almost certainly saw this film – I saw Just Friends (which I actually like), Four Christmases, Christmas With The Kranks and Surviving Christmas (poor Ben Affleck) after all – but have absolutely no memory of it. The only scene that looks kind of hazily familiar is the clip from the trailer of De Vito holding a lightbulb.

    There is a possibility that I saw Benchwarmers. My memory refuses to divulge the answers, possibly for my own protection.

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    • I find myself having that experience as well. Moreso with the 90s. During that decade, I watched pretty much everything that came out as an occupational obligation. There are often movies that I think I saw, but I can’t remember for certain.

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  10. Lebeua would you say he was still viewed as a list before world trade center. HE had more hits in 2000s then 90s. I noticed after knowing his career dwindled it was his last leading hit

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  11. I’m kind of disappointed to see that Man of Steel only gained a single Razzie nomination, although Kate Bosworth’s nom was well deserved. It wasn’t just that she was woefully miscast, but she gave a very bland, off-note performance to boot. I’d have given MOS a Worst Screenplay nod while we’re at it. Very little of what was written made sense: Superman only has his powers near our sun, but he flew all the way out to the Krypton sun? Shouldn’t he have lost his powers once he was some distance from our sun? Luthor created a new territory to sell beach-front property, but the new land looks like it’s made of charcoal? Who’s going to want to move there? Lois knowing that Super-baby is his but she doesn’t remember making love to Supes? And so on, never mind what made it to the big screen, the screenplay itself is a mess. Should’ve gotten a Razzie nod…

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    • There is actually a deleted scene from Superman Returns that I think most everyone thinks should have been included in the movie. It shows Superman in a spaceship exploring the remains of Krypton. It’s pretty critical to the whole concept of his departure and return.

      The script definitely had its problems though. All the points you mentioned are valid. Superman Returns was a massive missed opportunity.

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      • I’ve never seen that deleted scene before, it does explain a lot. As it is CGI heavy, it seems like a highly expensive scene to leave entirely on the cutting room floor. Random thought while watching this, I wonder what the most expensive deleted scene of all time might be? I doubt this would be it, but with six minutes of elaborate special effects it could maybe be in the Top 10…..

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    • I agree, Craig. That movie stunk.

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    • 16 Stars Who Were Going To Be The Next Big Thing…But Vanished

      http://screenrant.com/next-big-thing-hollywood-stars-that-vanished?view=all

      KATE BOSWORTH

      Waifish blonde Bosworth had a breakout role in Blue Crush, in which she played a surfer. She earned rave notices for her physical and dramatic range, with Rolling Stone declaring her a “star in the making.” She followed up with a dramatic turn in Wonderland which earned mixed reviews, and in the rom-com Win a Date With Tad Hamilton, which flopped.

      Kevin Spacey helped Bosworth win the coveted role of Lois Lane in Superman Returns, which proved a major misfire. Critics savaged Bosworth as being terrible in the part, and attempts at redemption in 21 and The Girl in the Park did little to save her reputation. She’s still appearing in various small-scale projects, though it appears her time to truly shine may have come and gone.

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    • 15 Greatest Superhero Re-Casting Decisions In Movie History

      http://screenrant.com/greatest-superhero-recastings-ever-movie-history-joker-batman-daredevil/

      LOIS LANE: KATE BOSWORTH TO AMY ADAMS

      To say that Superman’s most recent appearances were met with a mixed reaction would be an understatement, but the individual performances, particularly in Man of Steel, are less divisive. Henry Cavill and Amy Adams are outstanding actors, separately and together, but both have a stiff competition when it comes to previous incarnations of their characters.

      In the case of Lois Lane, Adams had the likes of Margot Kidder and Teri Hatcher to contend with, and though each have their own supporters, both offer something different to the famous role. The most recent Lois Lane, as played by Erica Durance in Smallville, is a fine portrayal of the character’s strong work ethic, while the latest movie Lois, Kate Bosworth, favors the overly tough approach.

      To combine elements of both needed a powerful actress, and there are few better than five-time Oscar-nominee Amy Adams. She still has more to offer the genre, but Man of Steel and Batman v Superman throw Adams into the thick of the action, and both offer a glimpse at her journalistic instincts.

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