So many bad movies, so little space. Here’s the worst of the worst of 2011.
1. “Jack and Jill” – It should have been called “Dreck and Swill.” Adam Sandler nailed down the worst actor award for 2011 with a performance so rancid it couldn’t be contained by one character. Sandler plays a brother and sister who are the most torturous thing since waterboarding was invented.
2. “Green Hornet” – Comic books fans expressed concern when it was announced that Seth Rogen was going to star in the film version of the comic book. Those worries weren’t unfounded. Rogen bungles his way through a script that couldn’t have been more inane had one of the “Jersey Shore” cast written it.
3. “Hall Pass” – What do the careers of Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly have in common with an old woman in a TV commercial? Both have fallen and they can’t get up. Old jokes and lame performances abound as Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play two guys given a pass from their marriages for a week to do anything they want. They should buy disguises and leave the country.
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4. “Arthur” – This feeble remake is not just repugnant for its lack of humor, amateurish acting and lead-footed pacing, but it’s also an insult to the memory of Dudley Moore, who starred in the 1981 version. Russell Brand firmly establishes himself as a contender for Adam Sandler’s bad acting crown with a performance that is about as entertaining as sticking a ferret in your ear.
5. “No Strings Attached” – Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher play bank robbers – oops, that’s wrong. They merely steal the money they got paid for this film because they did no acting. They play a couple who agree to be intimate without obligation – and who manage to make sex look boring.