Movies this summer have pretty much sucked.
Some of them fell far short of expectations, others were just god awful, and some just looked so bad that people didn’t even bother to go see them.
But luckily for you, I’ve seen basically all the movies that came out this summer, and I’ve picked 7 of them that won’t leave you feeling like you just wasted $15 dollars to sit in the dark for two hours.
In no particular order…
Chef — I am a foodie, and this movie left me craving Cuban food and chocolate lava cake. If you’re not that into watching food for two hours, then know this is a movie about family and tweeting responsibly. It’s a great date movie or just nice for the whole family to watch. The best part about this one is not everyone has seen it or even heard about it, so you’ll be able to put your friends up on a good movie.
Guardians Of The Galaxy — There’s a reason this one is dominating the box office this summer. This is the best movie I’ve seen all year-long. GOTG is funny, action packed, and cheesy. Good stuff.
The Purge Anarchy — This is everything the first Purge movie wasn’t. It had me jumping out of my chair, sitting on the edge of my seat, and horrified by the idea of this happening in real life. Add to that Carmen Ejogo being great eye candy. Winning.
Get On Up — The James Brown biopic is a lot of things, but the most important is that it’s the best example of acting I’ve seen this summer. Chadwick Boseman does such a great job as James Brown that it will feel like you’ve seen a ghost on-screen. While turning James Brown’s life into a PG-13 movie might seem like a disservice to some, it’s rare to see an award-winning performance like the one Chadwick put on in this film.
22 Jump Street — If you’re in the mood to laugh, I recommend spending your holiday weekend hitting the theater to see this. There are unexpected twists, jokes that will leave you in tears, and just the right amount of action to give you the most bang for your buck.
Blended — Critics hated this film, but I really enjoyed it. Adam Sandler is officially the white Tyler Perry these days, but this film wasn’t awful like his last few servings. If you’re willing to give Adam another chance, I say go check this one out to see him and his girl Drew Barrymore do their thing again.
Edge Of Tomorrow — This movie got spanked by Fault In Our Stars, but it’s actually one of the best action films released this summer. Tom Cruise, Bill Paxton, and Emily Blunt shine in the Sci-Fi flick. It’s doing amazing internationally and is one your safest bets for movies to see this Labor Day Weekend.
Any other additions? Leave ’em in the comment section below.
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1. "Ride Along" (2014)
<b>Production Budget:</b> $25 million <br> <b>Domestic Total Gross:</b> $134 million <br> Starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, "Ride Along" was an instant box office smash, taking in more than $48 million in its first week...more than double the cost of the movie.
2. "Malcolm X" (1993)
<b>Production Budget:</b> $33 million <br> <b>Domestic Total Gross:</b> $48 million <br> Spike Lee's epic biopic infamously went over its $28 million dollar budget. But it was well worth it: the movie is one of the great black biopics of our time.
3. "Get Rich or Die Trying" (2005)
<b>Production Budget:</b> $40 million<br> <b>Domestic Total Gross:</b> $30 million<br> We understand why producers would give the green-light on a movie like this: at the time, 50 Cent was the hottest thing in pop music. But the movie, roughly about the rapper's life, was a famous flop: only pulling in a little over $40 million domestically.
4. "Fat Albert" (2004)
<b>Production Budget:</b> $45 million <br> <b>Domestic Total Gross </b>: $48 million<br> The "Fat Albert" remake was famously flamed by critics. Audience members didn't like the Kenan Thompson-led movie, either, grossing only $48 million domestically.
5. "Shaft" (2000)
<b>Production Budget:</b> $46 million <br> <b>Domestic Total Gross:</b> $70 million <br> Samuel L. Jackson was the perfect man to bring John Shaft to the new millennium. The movie opened number one on the box office charts back in 2000.
6. "Red Tails" (2012
<b>Production Budget:</b> $58 million <br> <b>Domestic Total Gross:</b> $49 million <br> It took Goerge Lucas over 30 years to bring the story of the Tuskegee Airmen to the big screen. When it finally did hit the silver screen, reactions were mixed.
7. "Dreamgirls" (2006)
<b>Production Budget:</b> $75 million<br> <b>Domestic Total Gross:</b> $103 million <br> Producers took a huge risk on "Dreamgirls." The movie, which had an all black cast, cost over $75 million to make. The risk paid off: the movie was profitable, and it was one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year.
8. "Life" (1999)
<b>Production Budget:</b> $80 million <br> <b>Domestic Total Gross:</b> $63 million <br> "Life" starred two of the greatest black comics of all time, Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. How could it fail? We're not sure...but it did. The movie, which was surprisingly a downer, didn't come close to its $80 million production budget.
9. "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" (2000)
<b>Production Budget:</b> $84 million <br> <b>Domestic Total Gross:</b> $123 million <br> Back in 1996, the Eddie Murphy-led "Nutty Professor" was a huge smash, making more than $100 million at the box office. So when the sequel came along, four years later, it came with a huge budget ($84 million.)
10. "Bad Boys II" (2003)
<b>Production Budget: </b> $130 million <br> <b>Domestic Total Gross:</b> $138,608,444 <br> The original "Bad Boys" came out in 1995, when Will Smith and Martin Lawrence were still just TV stars. When the sequel came, in 2003, Smith and Lawrence were both legit box office draws, which explains the $130 million budget.