In recent years, Netflix has begun to dominate entertainment. With their astounding series, like The Crown, 13 Reasons Why, all of the Marvel franchises (except for Iron Fist) and Stranger Things, it’s clear that Netflix knows how to deliver sensational television. Now, the streaming service is working on tackling movies. With hits like Mudbound and Beasts of No Nation, Netflix has certainly had some hits on their hands. However, everything hasn’t always been smooth sailing in the film department.
Here are some awful movies that Netflix made and subjected us all to, leading up to the worst of the worst.
8. Sandy Wexler
We’re going to give Adam Sandler his props. He’s the legend behind classics like Big Daddy and 50 First Dates, so we can see why Netflix wanted to do a production deal with him. Sandy Wexler is the best film out of his deal — it still isn’t great, but at least, there was some effort here. Set in ’90s Los Angeles, the film follows talent manager Sandy Wexler (Sandler) who might finally make his breakthrough when he discovers the talented, Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson).
Unfortunately, the film is still pretty disastrous overall, though it does have some charming one-liners and surprising cameos. Perhaps if Sandler had some time to the develop the project, which is based on his real-life manager Sandy Wernick, it might have been a better film.
Though it had a stellar cast and all of the makings of a fantastic film, the David Ayer-helmed Bright simply had no magic to it. In a time when race and racism are at the forefront of the conversation in this country, Ayer missed the mark in really diving into the intricacies of prejudice. Ayer recently came off the financially successful but critically panned Suicide Squad, and like the DC film, Bright’s plot left a lot to be desired.
The script fails to give its characters any real depth, nor did we get any understanding of Bright’s futuristic-set Los Angeles, which is home to elves, orcs, fairies, and humans. Still, the $100 million film was not exactly a failure. With Smith in the credits and the glitzy marketing, a ton of people still watched the movie, so surely Netflix got their money’s worth.
6. The Do-Over
This action comedy, starring Sandler and David Spade as Max and Charlie respectively, follows the two men after they fake their deaths to get a fresh start. Unfortunately, they run into some trouble when they discover their assumed identities are criminal masterminds.
Honestly, that’s as interesting as the film gets. For two comedic legends, The Do-Over seemed barely pieced together and poorly thought out. Spade and Sandler seemed bored with it, so the audience certainly wasn’t intrigued. Honestly, we need Sandler to go back to channeling the brilliance that gave us, The Wedding Singer.
Loops can certainly work in movies. We’ve all seen Bill Murray kill it in Groundhog Day, and we can kind of see where Marlon Wayans was headed with his comedy Naked. In the film, Wayans stars as substitute teacher, Rob Anderson, who is reluctant to make long-term commitments in both his professional and love life. Despite his apprehension, Rob is desperate to go through with his wedding only to find himself trapped in a loop — naked.
The film might have been more amusing if the jokes were punchier, or if this wasn’t another story about a man baby who refuses to grow up. Marlon Wayans does have a pretty nice butt if that’s any consolation.
4. You Get Me
We’re not sure why Netflix decided we needed the teen-filled stalker thriller You Get Me. After all, the plot is beyond predictable. Tyler (Taylor John Smith) and Alison (Halston Sage) are in a relationship. They have a fight and Tyler hooks up with Holly (Bella Thorne). Tyler and Alison get back together, and Holly starts to stalk Tyler and interject her way into his entire life. It’s creepy, and we’ve seen it before, when it was done 100 times better.
You Get Me is supposedly written for millennials, but with the chalky dialogue, and the overt references to social media, it’s clear that it was written by someone who met a millennial once. The actors work with what they have, but they don’t have much to go on. The most annoying thing is that with the zillions of examples of films within this genre that we have, this could have been so much better. Also, we think we’ve moved well into the moment were mental illness can be discussed realistically and without shame.
3. True Memoirs of an International Assassin
Netflix gave Kevin James money to make True Memoirs of an International Assassin, and quite frankly, we’re still confused. The film follows James, an author who is mistaken for an assassin when his book is accidentally published as a true story.
The film is as absurd as someone actually believing that a middle age James would be anyone’s assassin. The plot is also stuffed to the brim with convoluted storylines that any reasonable filmgoer wouldn’t be able to follow. Apparently, people like this kind of thing though, so what do we know?
2. A Christmas Prince
This movie is delightfully terrible, so much so that you may not be able to resist watching (and laughing at) it every single holiday season. A Christmas Prince follows an aspiring young journalist who is sent abroad to get the scoop on the bad boy future king. Obviously, she falls love with him. We’ve seen a version of this film already on The Hallmark Channel one million times and so have you, but that won’t stop you from hate-watching (but kind of secretly) loving the film with its absurd plot and cliches.
Also, at least it’s something else to tide us over until Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding day.
1. The Ridiculous 6
Adam Sandler’s first Netflix entry, The Ridiculous 6 was an offensive, lazy, racist Western that to this day holds a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film follows six half-brothers who set out to find their father, and it’s as ludicrous as you’d think.
Honestly, the horrific jabs at Native Americans and the jokes surrounding donkey poo shouldn’t have even made it off the editing floor. But lots of people watched it, so Netflix clearly knows what they are doing.
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