Movie's That Were Only Good In Theoryby wunderdunder | created - 12 Apr 2011 | updated - 12 Apr 2011 | Public
Movies that had potential, but turned out to be disappointments.
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1. The Box (I) (2009)
PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know.
Votes: 82,129 | Gross: $15.05M
The moral lesson was a great topic that sparked interest, but the story wasn't told very well.
2. The Invention of Lying (2009)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.
Votes: 102,055 | Gross: $18.44M
The first few times you hear everyone being so honest it's pretty funny, but it gets old after a while.
3. The Happening (2008)
R | 91 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide.
Votes: 177,764 | Gross: $64.51M
The first 30 minutes really have you going and then when you realize what's REALLY "happening" it loses you.
4. 2012 (I) (2009)
PG-13 | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.
Votes: 312,192 | Gross: $166.11M
Who wouldn't love a movie about the end of the world with all of it's landmarks being destroyed done with great special effects? Those more concerned with reality, good acting, and good story telling.
5. Killers (2010)
PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
A vacationing woman meets her ideal man, leading to a swift marriage. Back at home, however, their idyllic life is upset when they discover their neighbors could be assassins who have been contracted to kill the couple..
Votes: 78,666 | Gross: $47.06M
It just tried to hard to be the perfect "date" movie by balancing romance, action, and a "twist" ending, and in doing so failed.
6. American Outlaws (2001)
PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Western
When a Midwest town learns that a corrupt railroad baron has captured the deeds to their homesteads without their knowledge, a group of young ranchers join forces to take back what is ... See full summary »
Votes: 12,825 | Gross: $13.26M
Any story about the most famous outlaw ever is going to spark interest, but when it's no where close to true that spark is exstinguished pretty quickly.
7. Youth in Revolt (2009)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity.
Votes: 68,772 | Gross: $15.28M
Not a bad movie overall I just personally thought I would get more laughs out of it.
8. Year One (2009)
PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy
After being banished from their tribe, two hunter-gatherers encounter Biblical characters and eventually wind up in the city of Sodom.
Votes: 81,858 | Gross: $43.34M
9. 10,000 BC (2008)
PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe.
Votes: 116,241 | Gross: $94.78M
Seemed like a pretty interesting movie about prehistoric times, but failed to tell a good story or come up with a good cast.
10. Bedtime Stories (2008)
PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A hotel handyman's life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true.
Votes: 78,578 | Gross: $110.10M
Pretty original idea, but the movie just didn't keep me interested and got very boring.
11. Navy Seals (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
An elite Navy Seals unit must set out to destroy a shipment of US-built Stinger missiles that have fallen into terrorist hands.
Votes: 14,045 | Gross: $25.07M
Any movie about Navy SEALS has the potential to be good, but this one failed.
12. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.
Votes: 175,443 | Gross: $131.14M
I think a lot of people were interested in seeing a hot female Indiana Jones with guns, however that was pretty much the only thing to keep you interested and it was way overdone at that.
13. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.
Votes: 185,742 | Gross: $152.27M
When you play with GI Joes from the time you are little it made you want to come to the theatre to see them come to life, however I made up better stories when I was playing with them.
14. The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage.
Votes: 126,399 | Gross: $63.41M
I don't know what it is really, this movie just didn't work for me.
15. The Bounty Hunter (I) (2010)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
A bounty hunter learns that his next target is his ex-wife, a reporter working on a murder cover-up. Soon after their reunion, the always-at-odds duo find themselves on a run-for-their-lives adventure.
Votes: 106,793 | Gross: $67.06M
A guy paid to arrest his wife, doesn't get much funnier than that does it? Well that's about as funny as it gets.
16. Funny People (2009)
R | 146 min | Comedy, Drama
When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.
Votes: 106,131 | Gross: $51.86M
When a movie is titled "Funny People" you would expect it to be funny. So much for expectations.
17. The Tourist (2010)
PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.
Votes: 195,975 | Gross: $67.63M
See no. 5, not to mention it was very boring.
18. Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy
When he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, a rising executive questions it when he's invited, just as he befriends a man who would be the perfect guest.
Votes: 86,662 | Gross: $73.03M
19. A Perfect Getaway (2009)
R | 98 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
Two pairs of lovers on a Hawaiian vacation discover that psychopaths are stalking and murdering tourists on the islands.
Votes: 61,056 | Gross: $15.48M