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Made-in-Atlanta flicks make “worst movies of 2012″ lists

"The Watch" made it to many "worst movie of the year" lists.

"The Watch" made it to many "worst of 2012" lists.

Atlanta’s reputation as a great place to make movies continues to flourish, but not all the movies made here are great. A number of made-in-Atlanta films have been named to various media outlets’ “Worst Movies of 2012″ lists.

Yes, lots of great filming projects happen here. “Flight” with Denzel Washington has been quite critically acclaimed, and “The Walking Dead,” which films here is extraordinarily popular and well done. And, this isn’t an indictment of Atlanta. Many of the projects here just happened to film here; they weren’t necessarily set here.

So, a look at those who made the lists:

Time Magazine named “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” to its worst list. We disagree, by the way. “Timothy,” a supernatural movie about a boy who sprouts from the garden starring Jennifer Garner, was sort of weird but sweet. ”Expecting,” an ensemble comedy about expectant parents from assorted backgrounds starring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Brooklyn Decker, Chris Rock, Dennis Quaid, Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Ben Falcone, Matthew Morrison et al was pretty predictable but sort of cute. And it showcased Atlanta very nicely.

But what do we know? “Expecting” and “Odd Life” also made Red Eye Chicago’s list of worst movies of 2012. “Expecting” was also included on an MSN list of the year’s worst films that also included “Joyful Noise,” with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. No argument there. A musical scene riffing on Usher’s hit “Yeah” toward the end of the movie was the highlight of that one, and it was all too brief.

The movie “Alex Cross,” which was not filmed here but did star Atlanta’s Tyler Perry in the title role, also made Time’s worst-of-2012 list. We’re hard pressed to disagree with that call. (There’s one scene in which Perry’s character is literally holding a bowl of disembodied fingers, and someone thought this was the time to launch into some cop-buddy banter. Ecck.).

Movie Insider named “Wanderlust” with Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd and “The Watch” with Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Richard Ayoade and Jonah Hill to its list of box-office losers. This did not include commentary like the Time list, but rather compared budgets to box-office hauls to produce the list.

We didn’t see “Wanderlust,” (neither did anyone else, evidently) so we can’t agree or disagree but “The Watch” definitely deserves its place on any worst-of list. It made a number of others including Rolling Stone’s list of worst movies of summer 2012. Gross, profane and largely unfunny, this movie about aliens and a group of frequently and pointlessly disgusting suburban dads made us want to pour sand in our eyes.

Meanwhile “American Reunion,” the latest of the “American Pie” movies, which starred Chris Klein, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Menu Suvari, Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan and Seann William Scott, made Entertainment Weekly’s list of “worst movie lines of 2012″ with this gem: “Don’t mess with this class of ‘99, b***h!” (Really? That’s one of the worst?) A scene in the baseball movie “Trouble With the Curve” starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake made it to a Deadspin list of the year’s worst movie scenes. It was not the one where Adams’ and Timberlake’s characters walk into a bar in Georgia and find the locals clogging; we would nominate that one.

The Lantern says "The Three Stooges" is a movie we'll all forget happened.

The Lantern says "The Three Stooges" is a movie we'll all forget happened.

The Lantern, which is Ohio State University’s campus newspaper, included “The Three Stooges,” the Farrelly brothers comedy that filmed in Big Poppa’s Buckhead mansion and starred that starred Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Jennifer Hudson, Jane Lynch, Larry David and Sofia Vergara on its year-end list of duds without criticizing it too harshly.

“(W)e will all probably forget that “The Three Stooges” movie ever happened,” the paper wrote. Yep, probably.

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RV

December 11th, 2012
8:11 am

Should point out that the screen writers and creative forces behind these productions are not from Atlanta. The Atlanta Crew remains one of the very best in the business. Keep bringing your films to Atlanta, and we will get them made!

D. Anderson Smith

December 11th, 2012
8:13 am

I think that racism always shows itself when white people start talking about Tyler Perry. Sure, he may be the most successful black African-American movie producer in the world, but white people always have to act like he’s a joke. When do you think is a good time to start in with the cop-buddy banter? Do you know Oprah? I don’t think so. So, until you racist whites start doing something with your lives, please, keep Tyler Perry out of it.

Clay

December 11th, 2012
8:25 am

D. Anderson, what was racist about the comments about Tyler Perry? Get that chip off your shoulder.

Pippa's hiney

December 11th, 2012
8:25 am

Smith: Playing the race card on every issue is stale. And flat-out wrong.

JP

December 11th, 2012
8:26 am

Where did anyone state anything racist abut Tyler Perry? His movie bombed, a scene is criticized (you know this happens in life). The only racist comments are from you. Do you know Oprah? I don’t think so.

Angela

December 11th, 2012
8:28 am

D. Anderson Smith….you do realize that this piece isn’t about race, right? The Time named off a list of bad movies and one of them happens to have Tyler Perry in it. How is that racist?

Sally

December 11th, 2012
8:34 am

Seriously, D. Anderson Smith? If you actually sat through the movie Alex Cross you would know there’s nothing racist about saying this was a terrible movie. I did sit through and and I know it was not Tyler Perry’s best. I happen to be a huge Tyler Perry fan and have seen all of his movies. Some are great…this one was not!

Hazel

December 11th, 2012
8:38 am

Could it be that picking Atlanta or Georgia is usually a financial and not a creative choice?

Really?? Racism??

December 11th, 2012
8:39 am

@ D Anderson Smith..Please shut up. Tyler Perry has been producing movies that portray black women as perpetually angry, fat, foul-mouthed, coarse, always down on their luck and what not and we’re supposed to give him a pass because he “may be the most successful black African-American movie producer in the world”??

Like Seriously???

I’m sick of black folks calling a spade a feeding bottle because we want to use it to eat..and anyone who does not agree with “our views/notions” is automatically “racist”…Its very annoying and really idiotic..And PLEASE, stop this “Successful black people” card that you play. “Do you know Oprah”??? Do you EVEN know her??? Why should I know her?? What has she done for me?? Is she Jesus?? Did she pay my college tuition?? Heck NO!..Is she going to help pay down the down-payment for my home?? HECK NO, not in a million years..so stop playing the “do you know Oprah” card as if I am supposed to shiver in my boots because I don’t. How come we (blacks) ARE the only race who play the “successful black person card”?? The richest man in the world is not Bill Gates, not Warren Buffets. Its Carlos Slim Helu..a Mexican. I have NEVER in my 8.5 years in Atlanta EVER heard a Mexican tell me “Oh Do you know Senor Slim? I dont think so”

In case you missed it, I am black. (Now cue the white person in a black rebuttal)..

Angela

December 11th, 2012
9:02 am

Now that we’ve given D. Anderson Smith something to think about, we can move on to the actual article.

I actually liked Wanderlust and The Watch. Yes, both have really stupid raunchy humor, but I think it’s funny. I have a weird movie mentality because I love stupid humor movies, hate horror movies and have an thing for Pixar movies.

Cammi317

December 11th, 2012
9:06 am

I highly doubt that D. Anderson is for real. Was probably just looking to start some mess this morning. He/She knows that if they type something like that, inevitably someone will post something racists out of anger. It’s an immature game of amusement. Pure silliness.

dude is a joke

December 11th, 2012
9:15 am

D. Anderson Smith is probably a racist white who typed that out to make it seemed like black ppl are always trying to play the race card—–no way a real person actually think like that

roger wilco

December 11th, 2012
9:28 am

Simple statistics… most of what is greenlit is crap, and so it would make sense that the subset of those which are shot in Atlanta is mostly crap as well. But, there are still some good ones.

idiot

December 11th, 2012
10:09 am

D. Anderson Smith: You’re an idiot. Just thought you should know.

Zen Galacticore

December 11th, 2012
10:21 am

As a native Atlantan, I think it’s fine to promote the city through the film media. But I’m a bit cynical about it, because I have yet to see on traffic jam scene in any movie filmed in Atlanta (when the story and characters are also based in Atlanta)!

They always just show the good stuff: Piedmont Park, the gleaming skyscrapers, etc. Of course, we don’t see too many massive gridlock and traffic scenes from films made in L.A. or New York, either. Promotion.

And for transplants who bash Atlanta, look, unlike Chicago, N.Y., L.A., San Francisco, etc., Atlanta has no dramatic waterfront, port, much less a navigable river! So, it’s amazing the city is here at all!

Technology built Atlanta, starting with the railroads, and then the automobile and the airport and air travel. But look, my fellow Atlantans, the use of cars is a deal with the devil. We need to go back to emphasizing rail (both here and nationwide), to move both people and freight.

And Atlanta needs 10 times more rapid rail, as well as light rail, and a massive subway system as well, if we’re ever going to become a truly “International City”. We must do this BECAUSE we have no waterfront or navigable river!

We can’t function efficiently, with 6 million+ people, relying on cars and freeways, and ever expanding roads that remain gridlocked. It can’t go on this way. One major accident on 400 can paralyze the entire Greater Atlanta area, like a clogged artery causes a heart attack or stroke.

Zen Galacticore

December 11th, 2012
10:25 am

Oh, by the way, it’s not like they don’t make crummy movies on the west coast.

Veronica

December 11th, 2012
10:27 am

LOL… I heard a comedian do a joke about Tyler Perry, they compared him to a cheap white wine. Something to the effect, that they’re both pretty uncomplicated and give you a headache if you indulge a little too much. Anyway, Tyler Perry would be awful regardless of what color he is, he just happens to be black.

GaPeachy

December 11th, 2012
11:43 am

I always thought these list were stupid anyway, no critic can tell me if i like a movie or not. I thought wanderlust and especially the watch were both entertaining, I got a few laughs anyway.

Rick Grimes

December 11th, 2012
12:28 pm

They might film some awful movies here in Atlanta, but they also film the most successful cable show of all time, The Walking Dead. Either way, they are both good for the economy and the state of GA. Oh, and D. Anderson Smith is a huge racits, whether he/she is black, white, or any other race. Racism goes in all directions, not just one.

steve from Dalton

December 11th, 2012
1:02 pm

When Jay Leno use to do stand up full time, he had a bit about how Men had the 3 stooges gene but woman did not.

I thought the stooges movie was good. I guess I have the gene

Bring back Red Fox

December 11th, 2012
1:26 pm

Wow. D. Anderson Smith you are a huge dbag. Tyler Perry is horrible. If anything he is racist by only pandering to the black community…just as George Lopez only caters to latinos.

Not only does he alienate whites with his brand of “humor”–he is totally unoriginal. We have already seen Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence don the fat suits for laughs–and it wasn’t funny then. The fat suit is clown shoes.

Get it together reverse racist.

Bring back Red Fox

December 11th, 2012
1:35 pm

To be fair–Jack Black also wore the fat suit and was not funny either.

So there you have it. Fat Suit not funny in any color.

DH

December 11th, 2012
1:37 pm

Jennifer Brett, exactly what do you have against clogging? Whether you realize it or not, it’s very popular in Georgia as well as across the Southeast, and having it in the scene from “Trouble With the Curve” was totally appropriate. I know those cloggers personally — one of them was my sister — and they work very hard and are very dedicated to their hobby. You obviously have no idea what it takes to be a clogger or you wouldn’t be looking down your nose at them.

Bring back Red Fox

December 11th, 2012
1:40 pm

What a day–now the cloggers are offended. Sweet Lord. I am going back to bed.

Brian Smyrna

December 11th, 2012
1:59 pm

I will say that D Anderson is way off base bringing up racism on this article. I am a AA male and I think the movie Alex Cross was not very good and neither was Perry’s acting.

However, for those that say that the race card is stale. All you have to do is read some of the comments left here on the AJC and you will see time and time again a lot of racist shots taken about individual African Americans and the African American community as a whole. It becomes very disheartening and down right sad at some of the remarks not to mention the frequency of them.

Break

December 11th, 2012
2:02 pm

As Hazel says above, this is purely a financial decision to make movies here right now. They have been given massive tax breaks over the past few years. This happens a lot and more than likely all this filming will end within a few years and they’ll move to the next town. No real reason to stay here unfortunately.

Mishap

December 11th, 2012
2:07 pm

It may have something to do w/ the massive subsidies we offer for filming here. Films that were considered risky bets at best now have dramatically lower production costs (thanks GA taxpayers!) so they get greenlit w/o much regard for being poorly written/planned. Films that have much higher production budgets (big stars/big scripts/etc) tend to care much more about locations fitting the storyline vs. wandering the same sections of Peachtree repeatedly.

I certainly enjoy spotting my condo tower in the skyline but we could probably spend that money getting kids to graduate high school or attracting more sustainable businesses (not just tax break jockeys like NCR, First Data et al).

Johnny Applepeed

December 11th, 2012
2:11 pm

I am also AA male and I hate to say it…Tyler Perry sucks! My wife makes me watch all of his movies. The cross dressing lady was funny the first movie but after 25 of the same plot its not entertaining anymore kind of a embarrassment. Dude can’t act to save his life point blank..(Tyler Perry action hero hell no!!)

Gwinnett Fred

December 11th, 2012
2:15 pm

Break (and Hazel),

So you really think it’s the location a movie is shot as to whether or not it is any good? Really? Because that is essentially what you are saying.

Guess the Thrashers always stunk because the building they played in was horrible. Or that the Braves have not been as successful the past 10 years because Turner Field isn’t as good of a place to play as Fulton County Staduim.

Get real and get a clue. It is highly rare that any movie is good or bad based on where it is shot. Period.

pb

December 11th, 2012
2:15 pm

D. Anderson cannot be for real… For such a stupid comment is just meant to stir up people. Using a fake name undoubtedly, and probably a white person just who gets kicks saying mean stuff? Give us a break…

BravesFan79

December 11th, 2012
2:17 pm

D Anderson: Im White, and i don’t hate Tyler Perry for being black, i dislike him because TBS replaced Braves baseball at 7:30 nightly with his awful azz show! Never liked him since! Now is he a niggr? No… niggrs are pple like g-unit, or any of the other millions of fools who have tons of kids out of wedlock and don’t support them, and brag about beating their women!

BravesFan79

December 11th, 2012
2:20 pm

So… basically i hate n* but like good hearted church going black people. How does that make me any more of a racist than someone like Bill Cosby? When blacks get prosecuted for hate crimes, then all will be equal.

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Gwinnett Fred

December 11th, 2012
2:23 pm

Additionally:

I guess films like Deliverance, Smoky and the Bandit, The Blind Side, Remember the Titans all sucked too, huh?

Well they must have since they were made in and around Atlanta!

Rodney Ho

December 11th, 2012
2:27 pm

At least “Flight” was made here.

Ray

December 11th, 2012
2:28 pm

@ Johnny Applepeed

That’s pretty much what it is even I’ve seen Tyler Perry’s movies, and although the first couple were funny. When I began to wise up it was the same stuff over and over again. I couldn’t stand it no more, and not only that there was a certain undertone I didn’t like about it either.

That Dark Skin Blacks seem to be the bad guys and the light skin guy was the hero every time.

Still overall if not for success of Madea Tyler Perry is no where nada. Also it does help he’s promoting to black women(no offense, but even I’m sure y’all know that as well).

Hussein

December 11th, 2012
2:47 pm

I gladly watch Three Stooges B & W reruns for the 50th time over the movie. The movie was terrible.

Tyler Perry's Blue Gums

December 11th, 2012
2:48 pm

The entertainment industry would be a much better place if Tyler Perry hadn’t came along. I mean you’re talking some of the worse movies known to man! Him and Eddie Murphy need to be banned from Hollywood…dressing up in fat suits and old lady suits, good grief!

$1.3 Billion economic impact

December 11th, 2012
3:05 pm

“Mishap” you are so clueless.

Columbus

December 11th, 2012
3:07 pm

The only thing racist I seen D. Anderson Smith, was you…

Tyler Perry’s movies are mostly good and some really good and some not so good but they wont be acknowledged alongside most other movies or hit mainstream until his movies are targeted at the maistream population and audience Which he dont have to do nor need to do. Its his niche but there is nothing racists if many people arent blown away by his work…..

anonymous

December 11th, 2012
3:13 pm

somebody talked about rail, or the lack of it.
racist people in Cobb and Gwinnett counties voted it down!
Had they not done so, by now rapid rail could extend all the way to frea.king ALABAMA!
And what DO we have? Massive BUSSES cramming into downtown Atlanta out of COBB and GWINNETT counties!
Oh the sheer irony of it all!

who the hell cares?

December 11th, 2012
3:22 pm

d anderson smith…really? you are making the rest of us look bad. it was not racist, just stop it. tyler is successful but he does not cast black women in good light. that is a FACT! ive seen enough of his movies to know they are all very similar with very little originality. you sir, are looking to annoy someone.

Jennifer Brett

December 11th, 2012
3:27 pm

Gwinnett Fred
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Additionally:

I guess films like Deliverance, Smoky and the Bandit, The Blind Side, Remember the Titans all sucked too, huh?

Well they must have since they were made in and around Atlanta!

———————————–

No those were all quite critically acclaimed (and span many years). This is a blog just about the unfortunate made-in-ATL films that made “worst of” lists for 2012.

Jennifer

kahnman

December 11th, 2012
3:28 pm

Matt

December 11th, 2012
3:29 pm

My question is this: Do black people find Madea films and his sitcoms on TBS funny?? I’ve watched a little bit of it and can’t see how anyone would think it’s funny. I think Eddie Murphy, Chris Tucker, Dave Chappelle and Mike Epps are funny. I don’t get Tyler Perry humor. I don’t imagine toomany blacks “get” Seinfeld either though. Do you have to be black to understand and appreciate the humore because honestly I am dumfounded how that guy is a billionaire.I’ll at least feel better if you tell me “it’s a black thing”

Jennifer Brett

December 11th, 2012
3:30 pm

DH
December 11th, 2012
1:37 pm

Jennifer Brett, exactly what do you have against clogging? Whether you realize it or not, it’s very popular in Georgia as well as across the Southeast, and having it in the scene from “Trouble With the Curve” was totally appropriate. I know those cloggers personally — one of them was my sister — and they work very hard and are very dedicated to their hobby. You obviously have no idea what it takes to be a clogger or you wouldn’t be looking down your nose at them.

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Not a thing! You are absolutely correct that I do not have what it takes to be a clogger. I am sure it takes a great deal of talent and coordination and I definitely have neither. I thought the scene where an impromptu square dance breaks out in a bar was a little much though. If it had been a scene at a county fair or parade or something that would have made more sense. The Little General Cloggers from Kennesaw are the highlight of the 4th of July parade in Marietta each year, for example. I wouldn’t expect to see them in a bar though.

Jennifer

People Watching

December 11th, 2012
3:32 pm

There needs to be a moderator for these comments. Half of your are blubbering about racism, some of your are talking about our transportation system, and some of you are talking about the actual location of scenes.

Can we just talk about the movies listed? And learn to use proper grammar, spelling and syntax?

Kimchi Lover

December 11th, 2012
3:35 pm

Anyone who goes to see Tyler Perry’s movies either have no taste in movies or have no taste at all.

Mishap

December 11th, 2012
3:42 pm

$1.3 Billion economic impact,
How am I clueless? We hand out 20-30% resalable tax credits like candy to film companies b/c they bring us temporary jobs. Sure it helps w/ some positive press around bringing in jobs and great stories of economic development but the mere fact that the state is suddenly pumping out low budget movies isn’t a sure sign of a positive return. Sure some of the crews are local but a lot aren’t which means a lot of the payroll expenses incurred in the state (contributing to that 500k min) gets shipped back to these people’s home states. We spent something like $140M to get $617M in production value in 2010 and outside of some rented locations, hotels, and food expenses an awful lot of stuff comes in on truck and leaves the same way once things are done.

Given our state’s fiscal woes, it’s unlikely we can sustain the tax credit’s growth rate much further and GA will have to cut the credit back. How many jobs will remain b/c of our scenic Piedmont Park? Personally, I’d love to see Atlanta more often in films but not at the expense of our state’s fiscal balance and certainly not as a cheap dime store knock off for New York like they do so often w/ Vancouver or Toronto.