Every year it seems that while I have a hard time coming up with 10 great movies for my list of the Best Of 2008, I have absolutely no problem filling up the worst list. Here’s this year’s parade of shame:

1.  “OVER HER DEAD BODY” – While Eva Longoria and Lake Bell are very attractive ladies, they are left stranded with a boring script.

2.  “THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE” – There are two Paris Hilton movies on this list, yet Paris is one of the best things in both of them. This might have been a tolerable romantic comedy but for the decision to make “The Nottie” so hideous looking and unlikeable.

3.  “DARK STREETS” – I couldn’t wait for this one to end. Fortunately it was only 90 minutes long. A lead with no charisma and a story that takes place in a rediculous film noir fantasyland adds up to sheer boredom. The musical numbers were okay though…

4.  “WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS” – The typical romantic comedy problem of making perfectly nice people awful to each other for no reason other than that’s what has to happen or there’s no movie rears its ugly head…

5.  “REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA” – Poor casting sunk this one. If a few more of the leads had as much charisma as the narrator, this could have been fun. It was also hurt by the need to include the Genetic Opera in the finale, which made no sense at all…

6.  “SPEED RACER” – A bit of editing would have helped this one. No kids’ movie should be over two hours!

7.  “LEATHERHEADS” – While I’m a big fan of the black and white comedies this movie pays tribute to, they had interesting plots…

8.  “THE MUMMY 3” – Everytime the script said if the Dragon Emperor did something, he would rule the world, he did it… and then it turned out he had to do something else to rule the world, extending the movie on and on. Add to that hiding Jet Li’s expressiveness and charisma under CGI, the loss of Rachel Weitz and the stupid Yeti Ex Machina, you’ve got a big disappointment. I liked the sets though…

9.  “HORTON HEARS A WHO” – While I enjoyed Jim Carrey’s Horton, the Whos not so much…

10. “THE WACKNESS” – While Josh Peck is likable and Olivia Thirlby is the best actress you’ve haven’t heard of yet, the knockabout adventures of a young drug dealer just didn’t connect with me.

NOT-SO-HONORABLE MENTION:  “THE ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND” – Another boring romantic comedy that would have come in third on my list but for the fact it’s release date was changed to 2009 the very day I went to see it.

SPECIAL CATEGORY:  “THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE” – While I don’t think I could ever put an “X-Files” movie on a list of the year’s worst (even this misfire had the pleasure of seeing Mulder And Scully again and included a pretty good chase scene), who oh why did Chris Carter not do a scary monster movie while he had the chance? I’m sure that’s what the fans were expecting. A creepy human villain just didn’t make the grade, even if he was kidnapping people to use them for body transplants…


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