The Golden Raspberry Award 2017 Nominees

Golden Raspberry Award

Tomorrow is the official kick off of Oscar season.  Which I guess is fine if you’re into prestige dramas and that sort of thing.  But if you’re like me, it’s more fun to see who is going to get skewered by the Golden Raspberry Awards.  We’ll have the Oscar nominations for you tomorrow morning as they are announced.  But first, let’s review the movies that were chosen as the worst of 2017.

Not a lot of surprises here.  You knew Transformers was going to get nominated before it was even released.  Sure enough, the latest Michael Bay extravaganza leads the pack with 9 nominations.  Not far behind was Fifty Shades Darker with 8 nods.  Considering the original movie was a Worst Picture Winner, you had to figure the sequel would get some attention from voters.  A few old targets resurfaced long enough to get back on the Razzie radar and a few new targets got spotted for the first time

I’ll save my commentary for the eventual article after the winners are announced.  But feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

Worst Screenplay
  • Baywatch
  • The Emoji Movie
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • The Mummy
  • Transformers XVII: The Last Knight

Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel

  • Baywatch 
  • Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween 
  • Fifty Shades Darker 
  • The Mummy 
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
Worst Screen Combo
  • Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys or Two Sexual Positions / Fifty Shades Darker 
  • Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots or Two Explosions / Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Any Two Obnoxious Emojis / The Emoji Movie 
  • Johnny Depp & His Worn Out Drunk Routine / Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 
  • Tyler Perry & Either The Ratty Old Dress or Worn Out Wig / Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween
Worst Supporting Actress
  • Kim Basinger / Fifty Shades Darker 
  • Sofia Boutella / The Mummy 
  • Laura Haddock / Transformers: The Last Knight 
  • Goldie Hawn / Snatched 
  • Susan Sarandon / A Bad Moms Christmas
Worst Supporting Actor
  • Javier Bardem / mother! & Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Russell Crowe / The Mummy 
  • Josh Duhamel / Transformers: The Last Knight 
  • Mel Gibson / Daddy’s Home 2 
  • Anthony Hopkins / Collide & Transformers: The Last Knight
Worst Actress
  • Katherine Heigl / Unforgettable
  • Dakota Johnson / Fifty Shades Darker 
  • Jennifer Lawrence / mother!
  • Tyler Perry / Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween 
  • Emma Watson / The Circle
Worst Actor
  • Tom Cruise / The Mummy 
  • Johnny Depp / Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 
  • Jamie Dornan / Fifty Shades Darker 
  • Zac Efron / Baywatch 
  • Mark Wahlberg / Daddy’s Home 2 & Transformers: The Last Knight
Worst Director
  • Darren Aronofsky / mother!
  • Michael Bay / Transformers: The Last Knight
  • James Foley / Fifty Shades Darker 
  • Alex Kurtzman / The Mummy
  • Anthony (Tony) Leonidis / The Emoji Movie 
Worst Picture
  • Baywatch 
  • The Emoji Movie 
  • Fifty Shades Darker 
  • The Mummy 
  • Transformers: The Last Knight 

Posted on January 22, 2018, in Awards, Movies, Razzies and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. So much junk! What to choose? Well, I disagree with MOTHER! I liked it.


    • I haven’t seen mother! yet, but I intend to.

      The biggest surprise for me was the lack of Justice League. After Batman v Superman was a Razzie favorite last year and JL bombed at the box office, I was expecting some nominations. Guess it got crowded out. Most of the other movies are worse.

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      • I’m willing to bet that the Razzies will hold off on awarding “Fifty Shades Darker” because they’re saving most of their ammunition for the up coming third movie in the trilogy “Fifty Shades Freed”. They may however, give a token award to Kim Basinger for essentially slumming it for a quick paycheck.


        • The fact that Kim Basinger, herself a victim of abuse at the hands of a controlling, narcissistic man (Alec Baldwin) has taken part in such a franchise (and playing a child predator on top of it), has to be the irony of all ironies.


        • And I hope that that paycheck was worth all of the humiliation that Ms. Basinger had to endure in what is clearly, the lowest point in her career now!

          Praying that the most dramatically resonant moment of the @FiftyShades movies where @MGH_8 slaps @kimbasinger is expanded upon in the new installment this weekend #FiftyShadesFreed


        • Yes, the ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ reviews are as dreadful as you expected

          Nick Schager Wed, Feb 7 8:08 AM PST

          Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan return to the screen to try to ignite some R-rated sparks in this Friday’s Fifty Shades Freed, the concluding chapter of the trilogy based on the books by author E.L. James. Given the general lack of chemistry shared by the two stars in their prior two outings, hopes haven’t been sky-high that this latest franchise installment would set pulses racing, and now that the first critical write-ups have appeared online, it appears such suspicions were correct. Ahead of next Wednesday’s Valentine’s Day, moviegoers in the mood for something romantic and steamy will no doubt head to theaters in droves to see how things turn out for Mr. and Mrs. Grey. However, as our review roundup makes clear (save for a solitary dissenting voice), they shouldn’t hold their breath for something truly exhilarating.

          Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
          Closing the book on what’s arguably one of the worst film franchises in recent memory, Fifty Shades Freed doesn’t quite end with the bang one would hope for. … In terms of drama, or melodrama, or just bad drama, Freed rarely delivers the goods while trying hard to give fans what they came for: more visits to the “playroom” for some lightweight sadomasochism, more eye-rolling plot mechanics involving Christian Grey’s troubled past, more reactionary views on love and marriage, more money shots of sports cars, private jets and vacation homes that only the 1 percent can afford, and more attempts to turn what may be one of the duller couples to ever grace the screen into two captivating characters. For good measure, the filmmakers also toss in a butt plug. Seriously, is this the best we can offer adults who don’t want to watch Marvel movies?

          Anna Hartley, TheWrap
          Fifty Shades Freed is being sold as the sexiest, most explosive of the series (“Don’t miss the climax,” pleads the tagline), but for the third time the film fails to capitalize on what made the books such runaway successes in the first place: the sex. At this point we’ve been in and out of the red room so often that it’s completely lost its intrigue (Ana even manages to catch 40 winks in there), and the sex scenes feel more like an afterthought, inserted to remind us of the reason the series became such a phenomenon.

          Guy Lodge, Variety
          This is brochure cinema of the most profuse order, selling its audience more on a lifestyle than on any of the lives inside it. What began, however glossily, as an ambiguity-laced power struggle between two people from separate social and sexual worlds has devolved into a far less intriguing victory lap for an exquisite couple that wants, and can afford, most of the same things — at least until the pesky matter of baby-making gets in the way.

          Ben Croll, Screen International
          Over the three films, stars Johnson and Dornan have never once set the screen ablaze with much shared chemistry, and so it makes sense for most of their stodgy interactions to eventually transform into canvases for bare flesh, pop music and D.P. John Schwartzman’s glossy lighting schemes. However that Super Bowl Ad approach is less effective when Fifty Shades Freed tries to hit other registers, such as an early car chase that mystifyingly plays like an expensive commercial for Audi set to the music of an up-and-coming Universal-signed group. Though robbing the film of any of the conventional, propulsive benefits of an action sequence, the chase does speak to the franchise’s guiding principle, where softcore skin has always ranked second to wealth porn.

          Manuela Lazic, Indiewire
          At this point, who would have thought that a Fifty Shades film, supposedly interested in the very alternative kind of sexual experimentation, would provide enjoyable (and maybe for some, even exciting) sequences of respectful and playful foreplay and oral sex? Even more surprising: how this lighter approach to sexual intercourse seems to lift the spirits of the characters along with the tone.

          Meanwhile, over on Rotten Tomatoes, Fifty Shades Freed limps in with a 17 percent “rotten” rating (at the time of this posting), ranking behind only Winchester for the dubious distinction of the year’s worst-reviewed studio movie.

          Fifty Shades Freed arrives in theaters on Friday. Consider yourselves warned.


        • Kim Basinger said in this interview that she was intimidated by the thought of playing the role in “Fifty Shades Darker”:

          If anything, it reveals what a marginalized stigmatized perception she has of kinky sexuality among other things. Maybe, it isn’t because she thinks kinky sex is ‘weird’ (just look up the stuff that she allegedly did with Prince back in the day) but because she is more naturally SUBMISSIVE. As such, Basinger had no idea how to fill the boots of a dominant alpha female even in a movie role.


  2. I’ve seen one of these movies!
    At the end of May one day I was simply in the mood to go to the movies, but found that the most interesting thing I could find at the theater closest to me was the newest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I went in with relatively low expectations and they were pretty much met. But of course I got to watch Geoffrey Rush, so that wasn’t so bad.

    The two worst things about the movie were: 1)…that it was still leaning on Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow character. It’s not fun to see that guy twelve years older and still drunk. It’s not charming anymore and 2) there were a couple of completely meaningless scenes that were there to…make the movie longer….? One of them featured Paul McCartney, so that was a little painful.

    I will say that while I didn’t come close to loving this movie, that if it really is the worst movie of the year, then we’ve done pretty well. Show that to me and tell me nobody managed to do worse and I’ll take that deal.


    • I have seen it too and you’re right. It’s not good, but not horrific either. Of course it was only nominated in acting categories where it served as a dig on Johnny Depp or to pile on Javier Bardem.


  3. The only one I saw was “Baywatch”, based on a TV show that was primarily hot people in bathing suits being hot.

    Somehow they messed up that simple premise with this awful movie, with a convoluted plot and hot people wearing lots of clothes. And not really looking hot in those clothes.



    • I’ll disagree with you on one thing – the girls in that movie WERE hot! All of the females were extremely attractive.

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    • If you’re going to make an R-rated movie based on “Baywatch” (which in itself was basically, softcore porn anyway when you get right down to it), then you might as well go all out on the T & A!

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      • …and that’s what they forgot! I work for the other team, but The Rock and Zac only have one Shirtless! scene, and the full frontal scene is done for comic effect. And then they kept focusing on this dull storyline, while giving absolutely nothing for the (yes, gorgeous) female cast to do, and that includes wearing little clothing. This should have been a summer slam dunk. Instead it was late August Dog Day material.

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  4. Unless I’m mistaken, this is Tom Cruise’s first ever Razzie nom, isn’t it? I didn’t bother watching The Mummy, the trailers just looked like generic mindless junk. Considering that the film tanked at the box office and Universal dropped their plans to continue with their “Dark Universe” series as a result, it’s a worthy nominee for Worst Picture, but my hunch is either Fifty Shades or Transformers will take the walk of shame to a win.


    • I am going from memory here, but Cruise was nominated for Cocktail. There may have been others but considering the length of his career he hasn’t received many noms.


      • Tom Cruise – like any actor with a long-term career in film – has had a couple of misfires and mediocre movies on his resume, but one compliment I will readily give him is that I have never once seen him give a poor performance or appear like he’s disinterested in the film. I’m not saying every performance of his is Oscar-worthy, but he seems to always show up to every project driven and focused. To be honest, just out of pure curiousity I kind of have a perverse desire to watch The Mummy. Oh, I know it’s a bad film, but I kind of want to see Tom Cruise try his best to struggle his way through a really lousy film, if that makes sense.

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        • Cruise seems to always put his best foot forward. I’ve seen a large majority of his films. But I’ve never gone to see one specifically because he was in it, the same way I might for a De Niro, a Nicholson, a Washington, or a Samuel L Jackson. Usually I go because either the premise sounds interesting *Edge Of Tomorrow), I’m a fan of the cirector (Magnolia) or a lot of times, both (Minority Report, Collateral). Cruise usually tries to pick good scripts and work with good directors. But even he isn’t perfect.


        • Early on, I think Cruise realized his limitations as an actor. He’s never had a lot of range, but when he got started he had next to none. His solution, which was brilliant, was to work with the best directors and to trust them completely. And to take parts opposite veteran movie stars like Paul Newman and Dustin Hoffman and learn from them. Some young actors would have been intimated sharing the screen with Jack Nicholson. Cruise knew these guys would make him look good. And clearly, he can take direction. He gets deeply involved with every project and by now he knows movie-making inside and out. I’m sure he could do it in his sleep – if he sleeps. I’m not convinced he does. He’s clear you know.


        • The critic for the AV Club said that the best thing about The Mummy was watching Tom Cruise get repeatedly abused. You are right about his commitment. Cruise is crazy committed to all of his movies. (Likely cause he’s crazy.) When Tom Cruise takes a part, he is all in. There are no half measures. I think you have to be a little crazy to be a movie star which is part of why Cruise has maintained that status longer than most.


        • In some ways, he could be described as the last movie star. He’s kept himself out there, even at the point now where he isn’t the major draw he once was (not a slight, no one is). He hasn’t faded away the way most would have by this point.


        • He’s the last movie star from the 80’s, that’s for sure, We have modern movie stars like Chris Pratt or Jennifer Lawrence, but it’s not quite the same thing. Back in the day, Tom Cruise or Julia Roberts in the right type of movie all but guaranteed a $100 million dollar take at the box office. Now the concept is usually the selling point. Take away Guardians and Jurassic World and Pratt is the guy from Parks and Rec. That can be said for most modern A-listers.


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