Galaxy Quest (1999): A Guilty Pleasure

Galaxy Quest Movie Poster

 

 

Synopsis:

 

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tony Shalhoub at the top of their game. Top-notch special effects. Hilarious script. Good pace.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every two years)

 

Director:

 

Dean Parisot

 

Cast:

 

  • Tim Allen (as Jason Nesmith)
  • Sigourney Weaver (as Gwen DeMarco)
  • Alan Rickman (as Alexander Dane)
  • Tony Shalhoub (as Fred Kwan)
  • Sam Rockwell (as Guy Fleegman)
  • Daryl Mitchell (as Tommy Webber)
  • Enrico Colantoni (as Mathesar)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 42 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Sci-Fi

 

Stills:

 

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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993): A Guilty Pleasure

 

 

Synopsis:

 

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Robin Williams's eccentric, energetic, and magnetic performance. Sally Field's warm and effective role. The extraordinary make-up of Mrs. Doubtfire. The soundtrack. The slapstick comedy routines. Playful and joyful direction by Chris Columbus.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every two years)

 

Director:

 

Chris Columbus

 

Cast:

 

  • Robin Williams (as Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Doubtfire)
  • Sally Field (as Miranda Hillard)
  • Pierce Brosnan (as Stu)
  • Harvey Fierstein (as Frank)
  • Polly Holliday (as Gloria)
  • Lisa Jakub (as Lydia Hillard)
  • Matthew Lawrence (as Chris Hillard)
  • Mara Wilson (as Natalie Hillard)

 

Runtime:

 

2 hours and 5 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Comedy / Drama

 

Stills:

 

 

Major League (1989): A Guilty Pleasure

Major League 1989 Movie Poster

 

Synopsis:

 

The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Charlie Sheen's moody character. Cheesy dialogue. Funny, slapstick moments. Dennis Haysbert and his character's voodoo tricks. Tom Berenger. “Wild Thing, you make my heart sing!” Entertaining sports comedy.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every two years)

 

Director:

 

David S. Ward

 

Cast:

 

  • Tom Berenger (as Jake Taylor)
  • Charlie Sheen (as Ricky Vaughn)
  • Corbin Bernsen (as Roger Dorn)
  • Margaret Whitton (as Rachel Phelps)
  • James Gammon (as Lou Brown)
  • Rene Russo (as Lynn Wells)
  • Wesley Snipes (as Willie Mays Hayes)
  • Dennis Haysbert (as Pedro Cerrano)
  • Bob Uecker (as Harry Doyle)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 47 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Comedy / Sport

 

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990): A Guilty Pleasure

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Poster

 

Synopsis:

 

A quartet of mutated humanoid turtles clash with an uprising criminal gang of ninjas.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Admirable if outdated use of special effects. Corny dialogue. Lovable characters. Shredder. Runtime is just right. Easy to rewatch several times.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every two years)

 

Director:

 

Steve Barron

 

Cast:

 

  • Judith Hoag (as April O'Neil)
  • Elias Koteas (as Casey Jones)
  • Josh Pais (as the voice of Raphael)
  • David Forman (as Leonardo)
  • Brian Tochi (as the voice of Leonardo)
  • Leif Tilden (as Donatello)
  • Corey Feldman (as the voice of Donatello)
  • Michelan Sisti (as Michaelangelo)
  • Robbie Rist (as the voice of Michaelangelo)
  • Kevin Clash (as the voice of Splinter)
  • James Saito (as The Shredder)
  • David McCharen (as the voice of The Shredder)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 33 minutes

 

Genres:

Action / Adventure / Comedy

 

RoboCop (1987): A Guilty Pleasure

Robocop 1987 Movie Poster

 

Synopsis:

 

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Creative visual effects. Cheesy and cringe-worthy dialogue. Peter Weller as RoboCop. The soundtrack. The campy atmosphere.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every two years)

 

Director:

 

Paul Verhoeven

 

Cast:

 

  • Peter Weller (as Officer Alex J. Murphy / RoboCop)
  • Nancy Allen (as Officer Anne Lewis)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 42 minutes

 

Genres:

Action / Crime / Sci-Fi

 

Men in Black (1997): A Guilty Pleasure

Men in Black Movie Poster

 

 

Synopsis:

 

A streetwise NYPD detective joins a secret organization that polices extraterrestrial affairs on Earth.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Tommy Lee Jones’s witty lines. Will Smith’s wacky and infectious performance. The creative and vibrant special effects. The “Memory Eraser”. The iconic theme song.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

High (Revisited once a year)

 

Director:

 

Barry Sonnenfeld

 

Cast:

 

  • Tommy Lee Jones (as Kay)
  • Will Smith (as Jay)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 38 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Comedy / Sci-Fi

 

 

The Devil Wears Prada (2006): A Guilty Pleasure



The Devil Wears Prada (2006)


 

 

Synopsis:

 

A naive young woman comes to New York and scores a job as the assistant to one of the city's biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Meryl Streep's blistering and absorbing performance. The soundtrack. The lacklustre and corny dialogue. The predictable ending. Stanley Tucci. Anne Hathaway. Emily Blunt as the junior Miranda Priestly.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every year or two)

 

Director:

 

David Frankel

 

Cast:

 

  • Meryl Streep (as Miranda Priestly)
  • Anne Hathaway (as Andy Sachs)
  • Emily Blunt (as Emily)
  • Stanley Tucci (as Nigel)
  • Simon Baker (as Christian Thompson)
  • Adrian Grenier (as Nate)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 49 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Comedy / Drama / Romance


 

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