Can you believe it’s been nearly 20 years since Spice World was released? You know, the brilliant masterpiece starring the most important pop group of all time? OK, so the comedy starring the Spice Girls was never going to win any Oscars, and it was a critical and commercial flop when it first came out. But in the past two decades, the film has become a cult classic, as people have come to appreciate the film’s irreverent humour. But Spice World is far from the first “bad” movie to secretly be kind of genius – take a look at other so-called fiascoes that are actually brilliant.
11 notoriously ‘bad’ movies that are actually secret masterpieces
Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)The slapstick movie, about two idiotic best friends (Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott) trying to track down their lost car, seems like a silly, unimportant film that should have faded into the ether. But the "stupid" comedy is actually surprisingly smart, and the two leads commit 100% to their roles so you can't help but love them. An entire scene of two men screaming "DUDE!" and "SWEET!" shouldn't work, but it does.20th Century Fox
She's All That (1998)The plot of She's All That — in which a popular guy begins dating a supposedly-nerdy-but-actually-gorgeous girl as a bet — should have resulted in a terrible, offensive film. But the movie shockingly rises above its premise and turns into a movie about opening yourself up to new experiences, and not letting yourself be paralyzed by fear. Plus, Matthew Lillard steals the whole movie as a melodramatic reality show cast member.Miramax
Battleship (2012)Nobody wanted to see this film based on the popular board game, but they were missing out. Not only does the movie portray some absolutely bonkers alien attacks, but it also features a) Rihanna's movie debut, b) Friday Night Lights alums Taylor Kitsch and Jesse Plemons, and c) an opening scene where a man breaks into a convenience store to steal a burrito for a girl. It's pure magic.Universal
Josie and the Pussycats (2001)Many dismissed this film outright as a paint-by-numbers teen movie, but those who did see Josie and the Pussycats were rewarded with one of the smartest, most cutting satires about the music industry ever made. Aside from the chemistry of the three lead actresses, we also got deliciously villainous performances from Parkey Posey and Alan Cumming, as well as a perfectly-named boy band, 'Du Jour'.Universal
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)This mockumentary from The Lonely Island completely flopped at the box office, which is too bad, because it was one of the best comedies of that year. Andy Samberg plays a Bieber-esque pop star who is struggling to launch his next tour, and must also make amends with his former boy band members. Not only is the movie packed with jokes, it also has one of the best movie soundtracks in years.Universal
Fast Five (2011)By now, most people have recognized the Fast & Furious franchise as being completely ridiculous and fun, but before the fifth installment in the series, it was just your run-of-the-mill action series. Once Fast Five came out and added Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to the cast though, the training wheels came off and everything got even crazier and more fun. Instead of being a movie about racing cars, the movie turned into a heist movie that just featured cars, which was an inspired choice.Universal
The Mummy (1999)Tom Cruise's 2017 attempt at The Mummy may not be that good, but the Brendan Fraser installment from the late '90s is still wicked fun. Everyone in the film clearly knows how silly the premise is, but is just having a good time, and you can't help but have fun along with them. Plus, Fraser was ridonkulously hot.Universal
Deep Blue Sea (1999)This is not a movie concerned with things like "accuracy" or "believability." No, this is a movie about super smart sharks who just wanna eat some people, and it's about people who are too stupid to escape sharks. The brilliant scene of Samuel L. Jackson getting eaten by a shark right in the middle of his inspiring speech is what elevates this movie from good to great.Warner Bros.
Center Stage (2000)"I don't want to go to college! I wanna dance!" The world had been asking for a film about the world of competitive ballet, and Center Stage delivered. Sure, the final dance number is insane and includes impossible costume changes, but just ignore the part of your brain that wants things to make sense. Go into this movie just expecting to have a good time and watch some good-looking people dance around in tights.Columbia Pictures
Vampire Academy (2014)With a title like that, this movie should have been absolute garbage -- and certainly, the film has some trouble with plotting and exposition. But thanks to the absolutely magnetic performance by lead actress Zoey Deutsch, Vampire Academy actually ends up being a surprisingly engaging, watchable movie about friendship, love, and duty. Oh, yeah, and there are vampires, too.The Weinstein Company